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HARMON ELECTRIC


Seventy-Fifth Anniversary 1938-2013 Hi Lites


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www.harmonelectric.com November, 2013


Crossing the Red River


for Oklahoma and Texas residents is being replaced and nearing completion.


200 Texas members in Hardeman County and has used the original bridge for electricity distribution for decades, using power poles attached to the bridge to carry the lines into Texas. The old bridge is to be torn down forcing Harmon Electric to fi nd a new way to cross the river with these electric lines. “We looked at several diff erent options including attaching


The Red River Bridge which off ers easy transit across the river Harmon Electric Association has approximately


lines to the bridge, burial underneath the river, or spanning across the riverbed,” said Charles Paxton, Harmon Electric CEO. “We chose to span the lines across the riverbed because attaching to the bridge or going underground were going to be too expensive”. “Normally we do these projects ourself, but it was such a long span and the towers were much too tall for our equipment,” Paxton said.


Cooperative in Anadarko, Ok so we turned to them.” WFEC generates the power for Harmon Electric’s service territory and performs large-scale construction projects, such as crossing power lines over rivers,


Harmon Electric. The project was unique even for WFEC with the deep sand and the fact that the lines stretch across 1,420 feet of riverbed. Workers started with concrete foundations that sank 15 feet into the banks on both sides of the river and are capable of holding 4,000 lbs. Towers were built into the foundations, 95 ft. tall on the south side of the river and 100 ft. tall on the north side.


for cooperative members such as


Aluminum has the same quality as copper lines but is cheaper. This allowed Harmon Electric to increase the size of wire going across the river, which benefi ts electric services in that area. There will be a better bridge, better power lines, better service... but it’s still hard to say goodbye to such a great part of history as the old Red River Bridge .


Aluminum wire will replace the original copper lines. “We own a part of Western Farmers Electric


Crossing The Red River..............................1 From The Desk of Charles Paxton.............2 Rules For Cut-Off.........................................2 Top 10 Holiday Safety Tips.........................3


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Stressed over holiday cooking?...Laugh it off!..........3 Classified Ads................................................................4 Thank You Note.............................................................4


Recipe-Beef Tips With Egg Noodles...........................4 Hidden Account Number Worth $20.00.......................4


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