Cap Rock Electric’s McCulloch Division honored by Chamber

The Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce has selected the McCulloch Division of Cap Rock Electric as its featured business of the month. McCulloch Electric is a rural electric distribution system which was chartered in 1937 by the State of Texas. The McCulloch system consists of approximately 18.2 miles of transmission line, eight substations or wholesale delivery points, and 2,564.40 miles of distribution line serving approximately 7,147 meters. The McCulloch Division manager Jeanagayle Behrens stated that the board of directors of McCulloch made a very bold and innovative decision in joining hands with a larger utility supplier in 1998. “This decision was made so that McCulloch Electric could face deregulation and mounting competition with strength and certainty that the organization would thrive and prosper in the future,” explained Mrs. Behrens. “A membership vote to approve a merger with Cap Rock Electric was approved in August 1999.” Cap Rock Electric is a Midland-based electric cooperative with a growing reputation as one of the most innovative, diversified, competitive and flexible co-ops in the southwest. The cooperative, including McCulloch, has almost $200 million in assets and collects more than $50 million in annual revenues. Cap Rock services about 43,996 meters in the west and northeast and is among the top 10 largest cooperatives in Texas in terms of power sales. Cap Rock is presently completing steps to convert from a cooperative to a publicly-owned stock company. Approximately 75 percent of McCulloch customers have recently chosen to hold stock in the new company. The McCulloch Division of Cap Rock strives to maintain strong ties to the communities it serves. McCulloch supports youth and community activities in all service areas by donating to Boy Scouts, Project Graduation, United Way, Relay for Life and by sponsoring youth basketball and baseball teams. Following Cap Rock’s tradition, the McCulloch Division also awards a Top Hand jacket and a $500 senior scholarship award to each area livestock show. In addition, it distributes six scholarships to graduating seniors and has sent 32 students to Washington D.C. since 1985 through its Youth Tour Program. The McCulloch Division also sponsors an annual art contest and brings an arcing demonstration to the area schools and organizations. “The McCulloch Division of Cap Rock is a service-oriented business that owes its success to its employees and customers,” said Mrs. Behrens. “Our goals for the new millennium are simply a recommitment to the goals that have served us well in our 64-years of business.” “We will provide courteous, efficient and effective customer service and will provide quality electric service through prudent engineering and financial planning and provision of appropriate resources.”

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