By Jesse Wood
July 30, 2014. Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation invited community leaders and members of the public to an open house of its newly renovated district office of BREMCO and its heating fuels subsidiary Blue Ridge Energies on Tuesday.
In addition to light refreshments, a cookout and tours of the facility, a ribbon cutting took place at 11 a.m. that featured Boone Mayor Andy Ball and BREMCO CEO Doug Johnson with the oversized, ceremonial scissors.
Now with more than 30,000 members served in the Watauga district, the new facility will enable BREMCO staff to provide a faster, more efficient response to outages and cold-weather operations with its expanded garage and warehouse.
“Our service fleet will be able to better respond to both emergencies and regular maintenance work,” said Steve Woodring, Watauga operations manager. “We also have a larger warehouse in which to safely store the many supplies needed for system maintenance and repairs.”
Plus, the new facility will provide a safer environment for lineman and other extra crews that assist with power outages during severe weather. It also provides a drive-thru service window; a second drive-thru, card-payment kiosk available for use 24 hours a day; and a large community room for civic groups and conferences.