Midwest Electric to rebuild 5-miles of line in Rockford and Southern Van Wert County

St. Marys, OH- Midwest Electric plans to kick off a rebuild project in the Rockford area in late April. Five miles of 3-phase line will be rebuilt, replacing wire that’s over 50-years-old.

The project will begin at U.S. 33 and Township Line Road just west of Rockford, and proceeds north on Township Line Road, then east on Van Wert Mercer County Line Road, and ending around Godfrey Reserve Road.

The project cost is $504,000 and includes replacing all wire for improved reliability and increased capacity. Most of the poles will also be replaced. The project is expected take three months and will be done by contracting company New River.

“On average, our members have power available 99.97 percent of the time. That’s because of our continued, ongoing investments in reliability projects like the Rockford rebuild,” stated CEO Matt Berry. “We invest $2 million to $3 million annually in line rebuilds, tree trimming, pole testing, and equipment upgrades.”

“The vast majority of the Rockford rebuild project will be completed without requiring a power outage. The few planned outages required to complete the work will be infrequent and brief,” Berry said.

Based in St. Marys, Midwest Electric is the customer-owned electric cooperative for 11,000 homes, farms and businesses in Allen, Auglaize, Mercer, Van Wert, Shelby, Putnam and Darke counties.

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