East-Central Iowa REC celebrated the completion of a new, modern operations facility in Independence with a ribbon cutting on October 18. Representatives of the Independence Chamber of Commerce and Chamber members were on hand for tours. An open house for ECI REC members will be held in the spring.
The 17,400-square-foot building replaces a 66-year-old structure that was no longer capable of supporting business operations. “Small shop doors limited the size of the bucket trucks we could store here, and the flat roof was a continuous maintenance issue,” explained CEO Steve Marlow.
Nine full-time employees work out of the Independence building, which provides operational service to members in the northern part of ECI REC’s service territory. The building is fully capable of serving as a backup facility should the Urbana headquarters building become non-operational.