Northern Neck Electric Cooperative (NNEC) moved into its new warehouse and garage facilities on November 1. These facilities are located in Warsaw, between Hamilton Boulevard and the Route 3 Bypass.
Construction of the new facilities began in October 2015 on a 40-acre site acquired by NNEC within walking distance of the co-op’s St. Johns Street headquarters.
NNEC President and CEO Greg White said, “We will have an open house for the members and public to take a look ‘backstage’ at the new warehouse and facilities necessary to provide reliable electricity to our members. Northern Neck Electric Cooperative has been a part of this community since 1938, and we want to invite the community to be a part of this new chapter for the co-op. The facilities will be open Wednesday, November 16th, from 5 until 7 p.m. with employees providing tours.”
Light refreshments will be served during the open house. Visitors are asked to please use the Route 3 Bypass entrance at 15105 History Land Highway, Warsaw, to access parking.
Since 1944, NNEC housed its entire operation on approximately 5 acres where the main office is located. In recent years, storage of poles, transformers and other equipment, parked service vehicles and the space required for loading poles and equipment for service work had begun to create congestion that often made passage through the yard difficult.
The new facilities include a 20,500-sq.-ft. warehouse building, a double-island fuel station, a large material yard, and a 19,400-sq.-ft. vehicle shop building with garage bays capable of holding 20 vehicles, mechanic service bays and a wash bay. The warehouse building features warehouse space, a meter shop, foreman offices, locker rooms for linemen, and additional rooms. These facilities cover about 10 acres of the 40-acre tract the Cooperative purchased after careful consideration of a needs assessment.
President and CEO White continued, “We are very excited to have these new facilities to provide a more efficient operations base for our employees. During a major outage event we now have the physical space to handle the massive outside forces we bring in for power restoration. This means better service to NNEC members and quicker restoration after a major outage event.”
Incorporated in 1937, NNEC is an electric membership cooperative that provides power to over 18,800 businesses and homes in Richmond, Westmoreland, Northumberland, Lancaster, King George and Stafford Counties.