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Firelands Electric Cooperative to show off new home

By ELLEN SIMMONS • Apr 24, 2019 at 12:00 PM

NEW LONDON — Members of the New London Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) met recently at Firelands Electric Cooperative’s new location at 103 Industrial Drive.

After a brief business meeting, Dan McNaull, general manager of the Co-op, led a tour through the new building.

Employees of the Co-op moved out of the former location on Energy Place and South Main Street in January. With 12,180 square feet of office space and a 22,800-foot warehouse, the building puts the entire business under one roof.

The tour started with the large community room that is available for use by the public for meetings and other events. McNaull said it can hold 92 people and has access to restrooms and a kitchen.

The tour continued through the operations center, offices, server room, linemen’s room and warehouse where the trucks and other equipment are stored when not in use.

McNaull said the Co-op has 23 employees and serves 9,000 households and businesses with 1,000 miles of line. He said the building and grounds sit on 10 acres, and five more are available for any needed expansion.

“I like to think this facility would be here in 50, 75 and 100 years, and I can’t think of a reason why it wouldn’t be,” he said.

McNaull said the public is invited to an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for self-guided tours, safety and energy efficiency demonstrations, refreshments, activities for children, gifts and prize drawings.

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