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CHOCTAW ELECTRIC Cooperative


A Touchstone Energy® Cooperative MARCH 2012


INSIDE THIS ISSUE PUBLISHED FOR MEMBERS OF CHOCTAW ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE A SUPPLEMENT TO OKLAHOMA LIVING


Somthing to crow about: CEC poultry rep helps local growers


Choctaw Electric Cooperative’s Brad Kendrick is meeting with poultry growers to provide services they need. Y


ou could say Choctaw Electric’s Brad Kendrick has a new feather in his cap. As of January 1, 2012, the co-op


member services representative is also serving as CEC’s advisor to poultry growers.


Kendrick explained the position is designed to enhance customer service for local poultry operators. CEC serves approximately 207 poultry farms, located throughout the co-op service area. Tyson Foods is the co-op’s largest commercial account.


Poultry growers rely on the co-op for dependable electricity to heat and cool their poultry houses. “Electricity is a critical operating expense for our


Closed for Good Friday


The offices of Choctaw Electric Cooperative will close on Friday, April 6, 2012 for Good Friday. To report a power outage during this time, please call our 24-hour outage hotline at 800-780-6486.


Best wishes for a happy Easter!


growers,” Kendrick said. “Without it, hens won’t lay, chicks don’t flourish, and if the weather happens to be terribly hot or cold, poultry could perish. “


Kendrick wants growers to know that he is available. “We want our growers to know that we’re here to help them, and provide the services they need,” he said.


Kendrick frequently reviews emergency backup options with growers, to make sure they are adequately covered should a power outage occur. During on-site visits, he notes low hanging limbs, wires and other hazards that could affect the flow of power. He also works with growers to help them find ways to save energy and encourages them to make use of CEC’s free services such as energy audits.


“These visits help Choctaw Electric learn how we can better serve our poultry growers, and it helps them get to know us,” he said.


Kendrick wants grower to think of him as their “go to guy” for energy questions and co-op member services. Over the next few months, he hopes to schedule visits to every poultry farm on CEC lines. In the meantime, he wants growers to know he is available to take their calls anytime. Growers are encouraged to call Brad Kendrick at 800-780- 6486, ext. 248.


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