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North Central Electric and Fostoria to clear final industrial park parcel

North Central Electric Cooperative is providing funding for the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation (FEDC) to clear trees from a wooded four-acre parcel in the city’s industrial park, in hopes the land can be developed for another manufacturing facility. 
With a Site and Community Assistance matching grant from Buckeye Power, North Central’s wholesale power supplier, the cooperative will pay FEDC $10,410 to clear the parcel so the property can be developed.  

NORTH CENTRAL ELECTRIC NAMES NEW GENERAL MANAGER

North Central Electric names new General Manager North Central Electric Cooperative has selected the CEO of a southern Illinois electric cooperative to be its sixth general manager in the cooperative’s 83-year history. North Central board president Duane Frankart announced this week the board has hired Edward VanHoose, CEO of Clay Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CECI), in Flora, Ill. VanHoose will succeed Markus Bryant, who is retiring in January after 21 years with North Central.

Commercial lighting program renewed

Turn on the savings with this energy efficiency rebate
The 2018–19 fiscal year began July 1, and Buckeye Power, our wholesale power supplier, renewed its commercial/industrial lighting program for another year. This allows us to rebate energy-efficient lighting retrofit upgrades for commercial and industrial member facilities — including farms. 


Last year we helped about 18 businesses upgrade their lighting. Along with a nice rebate, businesses can expect an impressive return on investment (ROI) 
when upgrading to LEDs.

Youth ambassadors tour Washington, D.C.

Kristin Coleman of New Riegel High School and Carson McCarthy of Buckeye Central High School attended Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., from June 8 to 14, representing North Central Electric Cooperative.

Chatfield Hardware closes after 115 years

Chatfield Hardware, one of North Central Electric Cooperative’s most loyal heating and cooling dealers, closed its doors in June after 115 years. 
Chatfield Hardware owner Bob Marcum has installed and serviced water heaters for North Central members in Crawford, Richland, and Seneca counties for more than 25 years. He also installed hundreds of heat pumps and geothermal heating and cooling systems so members could receive rebates from North Central. 

Wind turbine debate spills over to annual meeting

The wind turbine debate in Seneca County spilled over into the question-and-answer session at the North Central Electric Cooperative annual meeting in June at the Seneca County Fairgrounds. 
Asked what the cooperative’s position is on the proposed Seneca County wind projects, General Manager Markus Bryant said, “North Central Electric has not taken any position either pro or con on the wind projects in the county.” 

Celebrating 82 years

Family Fun Day and Annual Meeting draws a crowd
                             


A record number of North Central Electric members cast ballots in the 2018 election for the cooperative’s board of trustees.
The NCE membership elected two incumbents and a challenger to its board of trustees in the cooperative’s first-ever mail and online election. The winners of the 30-day election were announced at NCE’s annual meeting, held June 12 at the Seneca County Fairgrounds in Tiffin.

President of Buckeye Power, OREC enlightens co-op members

Members in attendance at the 82nd annual meeting in June heard a business update from the president of Buckeye Power and Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives (OREC), Pat O’Loughlin. 
O’Loughlin touted some of the key advantages of being a cooperative member. OREC provides economic development support to cooperatives around the state in efforts to bring businesses into their area, which boosts local economies. Local cooperatives around the state also give money directly back to members in the form of patronage capital credits.

People Fund supports Caring Hands

The North Central Electric Cooperative People Fund board came to the aid of Caring Hands Pregnancy and Parenting Support, which serves Seneca County.
With the $1,100 grant awarded by the People Fund, Caring Hands is able to provide education on sexual integrity, relationships, and parenting at the high school level for the Hopewell-Loudon School District for the 2018–2019 school year. “Having the opportunity to provide the CARE Program at Hopewell-Loudon gives us a way to proactively address problems we see daily at Caring Hands,” said Carolyn Bouillon, director of Caring Hands.

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