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New Firelands Electric building is under construction

By Norwalk Reflector Staff • Jul 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM

NEW LONDON — Over the past two years, the Firelands Electric Cooperative board and management have exercised due diligence in preparation to build a new facility that will incorporate a 12,180-square-foot office and 22,800-square-foot warehouse — all under one roof.

Firelands Electric is taking advantage of lower interest rates and other financial opportunities available from the USDA Rural Utilities Service to finance the new facility located on 15 acres of property in the village of New London — a site that will be very beneficial to the cooperative. This facility will replace three current inefficient buildings.

Monroeville-based firm Janotta & Herner is constructing the building and an official groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility was held in October. Soil boring tests, environmental studies and some groundwork were completed at the end of 2017, before resuming construction in late April.

The new Firelands Electric facility is expected to be completed before the end of the year. It will encompass energy-efficient heat pumps in the office, warehouse radiant floor heating, LED lighting, foam insulation and other innovative technologies. The property will also incorporate a community solar project, which will become available in September as a generation resource to the cooperative’s membership.

“(It) is an investment in both our future and in the community. It is reflective of the comprehensive strength and financial health of Firelands Electric Cooperative,” general manager Dan McNaull said. “Having the cooperative’s operations under one roof will offer improved communications and efficiencies to our workforce.”

The cooperative’s board and management will continue to oversee and manage the project to ensure a long-lasting structure that will serve Firelands Electric and its members for many years in the future. Photos of the buildings progress are available on its Flickr page at www.flickr.com/photos/firelandsec/albums.

For more information about Firelands Electric Cooperative, visit www.FirelandsEC.com or stay connected with the co-op through its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/FirelandsElectric, and Twitter feed, https://twitter.com/Firelands.

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