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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Ham radio more than a hobby for Hoosier Energy employees

Every year, tens of thousands of people descend upon Dayton, Ohio, for the Hamvention.   This is an event that has nothing to do with food.   The Dayton Hamvention is the world’s largest amateur radio gathering, an event that started in 1952 and has grown yearly since other than a two-year hiatus for the…

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Open house opens the door to change for SCI members

Change is never easy.   It only gets more difficult when change is unwanted.   But in the case of Hoosier Energy’s Centerton to Wilbur Project, constructing 5.8 miles of new 69kV overhead transmission line is a necessity for South Central Indiana REMC members.   An open house at Centerton Elementary School on June 23-24…

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Whitewater Valley REMC breaks ground on future home

Whitewater Valley REMC took its next step into the future on June 27 when it held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new facility in Liberty.   Construction on the 33,860 square-foot building is projected to take 12 months with relocation to the new facility expected to take place in the summer of 2024.   This…

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Centerton open house opens the lines of communication

In the utility industry, it’s reasonable to expect the unexpected.   When Hoosier Energy threw open the doors at Centerton Elementary School on June 23rd and 24th for the Centerton to Wilbur Project Open House, no one was sure what to expect.   “If we’ve done an open house in the past, it wasn’t done…

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