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Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative is

Recognized for Commitment to Safety

Date: November 3, 2014                                                      For Immediate Release



Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) was recently recognized by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) for its ongoing commitment to safety in the workplace and in providing electric service to its member-owners.

Fletcher B. Jones (right), a board member for Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative,
accepts the RESAP national safety award from Myron Rummel, CEO of Shenandoah Valley
Electric Cooperative and chair of the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of
Electric Cooperatives’ safety committee.


MEC board member Fletcher B. Jones accepted the Rural Electric Safety Achievement Program (RESAP) certificate on Monday, Oct. 27, in Charlottesville, Va., at a meeting of the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC).  Myron Rummel, the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative CEO and chairman of the regional electric cooperative association’s safety committee, presented the certificate to Jones.


VMDAEC Executive Vice President Richard Johnstone notes, “Everyone is aware how dangerous electric utility line work can be, and that a rock-solid commitment to safety is essential every second these dedicated individuals are working to build or maintain electric lines.” He continues, “This certificate doesn’t just recognize a commitment to safety by line workers; it recognizes the fact that everyone at MEC, from board members and senior managers to every office worker and of course every lineman, is committed to carrying out their work safely. We applaud MEC for this commitment.”


John Lee, president and CEO of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, who also serves on the regional electric cooperative association’s safety committee, explains, “Here at Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative safety is far and away, our highest priority. Everyone here has worked hard to successfully ingrain safety into our culture and into the fabric of everything we do. For example, we have now worked over 700,000 hours without a lost-time accident and in our industry that is a remarkable feat.”


Lee added, “This RESAP recognition is testament to the fact that our employees understand that safety is FIRST here at our cooperative, and I congratulate all of them for working safely and earning this achievement. We have great employees, who are also good people, and we want them to return safely home to their families every evening and whenever serving our members calls us out. It should also be noted that, as we construct and maintain our electric facilities, the safety of our members and the public is paramount, and the RESAP achievement recognizes our strong, aggressive work in that area as well.”


Headquartered in Chase City with district offices in Chase City, Emporia and Gretna, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit member-owned energy provider that serves more than 31,000 homes, farms and businesses throughout nine Central and Southside Virginia counties. MEC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


VMDAEC provides safety training, director and employee classes, and legislative and regulatory services for its 15 member cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, and publishes Cooperative Living magazine for Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and 11 other Virginia electric cooperatives.



This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer

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