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ERMCO celebrates 50th anniversary

Electric Research and Manufacturing Cooperative (ERMCO), a subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), held a celebration to honor the company’s 50th anniversary on Oct. 1 in Trimble, Tennessee. Since 1972, ERMCO has provided transformers that have been installed in all 50 states as well as Guatemala during Operation Razorback…

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Lineworkers participate in Operation Razorback mission

Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas’ lineworkers not only serve Arkansas and other states, they also assist other countries by providing electricity to rural areas. The 2022 Operation Razorback mission in Guatemala began on Oct. 7 near Santa Martha. The crew constructed about 2 miles of power lines before a tropical storm…

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McClellan Generating Station celebrates 50 years

At the 50th anniversary celebration of the John L. McClellan Generating Station in Camden, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas CEO and President Vernon “Buddy” Hasten shared the sentiments of the plant’s namesake delivered at the facility’s groundbreaking. Hasten said, “These are Sen. McClellan’s words: ‘I regard this generating station as another…

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Meet Bill Gossage, AECI vice president of governmental affairs

In 1937, Arkansas State Rep. Claude M. Smith co-sponsored the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation Act, paving the way for rural electrification. Some 85 years later, Smith’s great-grandson, Bill Gossage, is making his own mark on the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. Gossage, former deputy chief of staff of external affairs for…