Graduating members of the 2023 HEATS Lineman class pose at the ceremony in French Lick.

HEATS program celebrates 2023 graduating class

The Hoosier Energy Apprenticeship Training and Safety (HEATS) Program recently celebrated the 2023 graduating class with a ceremony in French Lick.   After being welcomed by Hoosier Energy Manager of Safety and Training Brandon Gentry, IBEW Local 1393 Business Manager and Financial Secretary Bob Cox and Hoosier Energy Chief Technology Officer Bob Richhart, it was…

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Megan Miller Q&A: New role, new experience

Sooner or later, life brings change for everyone. For Megan Miller, embracing change has been a lifestyle for the better part of two decades with no signs of letting up.   From Minnesota to Florida to Indiana geographically, from healthcare to fitness expert to business management and beyond in studies, and a career that has…

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Wayne-White scholarship honors former lineman Kinney

Gerry Kinney has never played much golf, but at least once a year for the past four years, he has found himself at Fairfield Public Golf Course for the Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative Electrical Distribution Systems Scholarship Fundraiser.   That’s what happens when the scholarship, which goes to a Frontier Community College student, bears your…

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The South Central Indiana line crew gives a live-line demonstration during the Children's Farm Festival at Peden Farm.

South Central Indiana REMC helps liven up Peden Farm event

Some covered their ears, others jumped a little.   Whatever the reaction to the pop of electricity, the young students attending the Children’s Farm Festival at Peden Farm paid rapt attention to the South Central Indiana REMC line crew doing a live line demonstration.   The annual festival took place on September 28-29 in northern…

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Aerial saw trimming takes flight for Hoosier Energy

Nine 25-inch carbide tip circular saw blades attached to multiple 20-foot aluminum poles and powered by a 50-horsepower snowmobile motor that can be turned on and off remotely – attached to the bottom of a helicopter?   It sounds like the kind of crazy, homemade contraption that would make even Tim the Toolman jealous.  …

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Gutzwiller sends Postcards from Japan on latest trip

Ask Harold Gutzwiller anything about his trips to Japan.   Just don’t ask him how many times he’s been.   “My first trip to Japan was in 1998 or 1999, so my guess is greater than 10,” the Hoosier Energy Manager of Economic Development said. “But it’s one of those things I should’ve kept track…

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Second annual Lineman Rodeo grows by leaps and bounds

The second annual Indiana Electric Cooperative Lineman Rodeo was a rootin’-tootin’ good time on August 24-25, 2023, at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds.   That was thanks in no small part to Hoosier Energy member cooperatives, who played a big role in the event practically doubling in size from its debut in 2022.   A total…

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Continuous Improvement program continues moving forward

As one of Hoosier Energy’s strategic priorities, continuous improvement has always been a key part of the company mindset.   A commissioned team spent the past year developing a program centered around this idea, learning from the past and pointing toward the future. As a result, Hoosier Energy’s new Rural Electric Continuous Improvement Program (RECIP)…

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