Midwest Electric makes economic development loan to Buschur Custom Farm Services affiliate

Midwest Electric recently awarded an economic development low-interest loan to an affiliate of Buschur Custom Farm Services.

A.D. Unlimited, owned by Dave Buschur and Astin Melhorn, of Melhorn Trucking, in Pennsylvania, is building a bio-secure truck wash facility next to Buschur’s current facilities in the Marion Township Industrial Park, near Chickasaw. The $1 million project is expected to add 10 jobs.

The new venture will also help strengthen and protect the area’s livestock operations.

St. Henry Bank and the Mercer County Revolving Loan Fund are also assisting with the project.

The Midwest Electric Revolving Loan Fund was established 10 years ago and has provided nearly $1.8 million in low-interest loans to local businesses, supporting 159 area jobs.

PHOTO: (l. to r.) Dave Buschur and Astin Melhorn accept an economic development loan from Midwest Electric CEO Matt Berry.

Midwest Electric Members donate close to $12,000 to local agencies

Members of Midwest Electric recently donated $11,900 to 14 west-central Ohio charities and community projects through the cooperative’s Community Connection Fund. Since the program started in 1998, the Midwest Electric Community Connection Fund has provided $1,030,339 to 852 area projects. The latest recipients are: A Park 4 All, Mercer County, $2,000 was donated for playground…Continue Reading

Johnston wins scholarship from Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives

  COLUMBUS, Ohio – Michael Johnston of Lima was awarded a $1,800 scholarship at the Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives Children of Members Scholarship competition, held April 17. Johnston, the son of Wes and Karen Johnston, was sponsored by Midwest Electric. He is a senior at Wapakoneta High School. Twenty-four high school seniors representing each of the…Continue Reading

Midwest Electric awards $11,000 in scholarships to seven local youth

Spencerville High School’s Rebecca Stetler and Wapakoneta High School’s Michael Johnston captured top honors in the 2018 Midwest Electric scholarship competition, featuring judges from Wright State University-Lake Campus and Midwest Electric. The two seniors each received a $2,000 scholarship. Johnston will represent Midwest Electric in the Ohio Electric Cooperatives statewide scholarship competition in Columbus this…Continue Reading

Community Connection Fund hits $1 million mark

The Midwest Electric Community Connection Fund has hit the $1 million mark in donations to area causes. The program started in 1998 and has provided $1,018,439 to 838 area projects. “This program is entirely member-driven, so the credit goes to our members,” said CEO Matt Berry. Participating members’ monthly electric bills are rounded up to…Continue Reading

2018 Reliability Projects

We are planning more than $3 million in investments in power reliability and electric operations in 2018. As part of that, Midwest Electric will start a multi-year installation of a SCADA and Distribution Automation system. (SCADA stands for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition.) The system is designed to reduce the length of major outages by…Continue Reading

No Rate Increase in 2018…Eight Years and Counting!

MIdwest Electric announces no electric rate increase in 2018! The last rate change was in 2010, so this marks eight years…and counting. Now that’s stability… and value! This good news is thanks to our employees, trustees, industry partners, and yes, thanks to our members. Employees Our employees know who they’re working for – the members.…Continue Reading

$9,000 in Scholarships offered by Midwest Electric

(St. Marys, OH)- Midwest Electric is committed to our communities. And one of the ways we show that commitment is by offering scholarships. Midwest Electric is offering scholarships to West Central Ohio high school seniors. To be eligible for the 2018 scholarship programs, applicants must be graduating seniors who have all the basic credits for…Continue Reading

Kevin Schmidt earns cooperative financial certification

  (St. Marys, OH)-  Kevin Schmidt, manager of finance and customer service for Midwest Electric, has passed the Cooperative Financial Professional Certificate program from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation. Schmidt attended sessions on financial leadership; equity and debt management; financial trend analysis; forecasting; budgeting; electric rate…Continue Reading