Fredericksburg, Virginia – Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) has officially opened the Blue Ridge office and operations center located near Front Royal, Virginia. The official ribbon cutting ceremony held Aug. 18 marked the addition of the Cooperative’s newest facility and service to more than 51,000 newly acquired members from Allegheny Power.
The office, located in the Kelley Industrial Center at 137 Kelley Court, will provide members of REC a location to meet one-on-one with customer service representatives, to make bill payments, and receive information about their Cooperative. In addition, the fully stocked operations center allows line crews to have direct access to the equipment required to efficiently restore power to members in the event of an outage.
When welcoming guests to the ribbon cutting, REC’s Blue Ridge district manager, John Crawford, said, “You may not realize how this building will change the lives of the residents in the area, but it will. The opening of this building brought with it the Cooperative’s presence to the greater Front Royal and Winchester areas. From this facility we will provide electric service, handle bill payments and questions, and work to become an integral part of the many communities we serve. It will be our mission to provide reliable service, dependable products and support to the communities we serve.”
On hand to celebrate REC’s Blue Ridge office ribbon cutting were individuals from Warren County, the Warren County Economic Development Authority, the Front Royal-Warren Chamber of Commerce and many other special guests.
Crawford remarked at the closing of the ceremony, “As the district manager from the Blue Ridge Office, it will be my job to make sure everything runs smoothly. I look forward to working together with our employees and our members as we grow with the community.”
Before remarks by the event’s keynote speaker, Archie Fox, chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, REC’s President and CEO Kent D. Farmer addressed those gathered: “REC is looking forward to bringing the same local ownership and value to our new service territory that our other members have come to expect for over 70 years.”
REC provides electric service to over 154,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., Rappahannock maintains more than 15,500 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay