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Diving Into The Past: LaGrange County REMC Then and Now
It was 1936. Electrifying rural LaGrange County farms and homes was not part of the plans of larger electric companies. To power their community, a group of neighbors rolled up their sleeves and decided to take matters into their own hands.
The Rural Electrification Act had just become enacted into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, helping farmers create cooperative electric power companies by providing them with low-cost loans. The push to improve the quality of life in rural areas and help farmers become more efficient and profitable led to the creation of LaGrange County REMC, and even though the cooperative was incorporated in 1936, it would take another 5 to 10 years to bring power to the west side of the county. Continue reading.
October is National Cooperative Month!
Be safe around electricity when moving farm equipment
With the arrival of harvest time, Indiana’s farmers are shifting into high gear as they move into their fields to bring in their crops. The increased activity puts farmers and farm workers at greater risk. Always look up and around before moving or raising equipment. Keep in mind power lines sag between poles, especially on… Continue reading.
Huppenthal joins REMC board
Michael Huppenthal was recently elected to the LaGrange County REMC board of directors to represent District 1. He was raised in Schererville, Indiana, and moved to LaGrange in 1993.
Huppenthal is the pipeline technician for TC Energy. He was an active member of the LaGrange Jaycees and held elected positions in the organization. He is currently a life member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 215 and has held elected positions with the organization over the years. Continue reading.
After serving as LaGrange County REMC’s distribution system engineer for two years, Brandon Altimus has been promoted to the co-op’s engineering and operations manager.
“Though starting his career in the automotive industry, he has picked up quickly on electric distribution system engineering and implemented many new processes improving efficiency in both engineering and materials management. I look forward to him bringing the same thoughtful approach as he leads the entire engineering and operations team,” stated CEO Mark Leu. Continue reading.
School receives over $11,000 in rebates
Energy efficiency has its advantages! Courtesy of LaGrange County REMC’s Power Moves program, Prairie Heights School Corporation recently took advantage of the program. It received over $11,000 in rebates for installing energy-efficient LED lighting in many of the classrooms. Pictured receiving the rebate check above are, from left, LaGrange County REMC Energy Advisor Jake Taylor,… Continue reading.
Putting the ‘co-op’ in ‘cooperation’
When your local electric cooperative’s energy advisor is stumped by a perplexing power problem, the solution may come from a fellow energy advisor in another town – or even another state. Local electric cooperatives, including your power provider, vary in size and the number of homes and businesses they serve. Yet they are… Continue reading.