The Egyptian Electric Cooperative Board of Directors entered into an agreement with Cooperative member Samron Midwest Contracting of Murphysboro to build a new corporate headquarters south of the intersection of Route 4 and Route 13/127. The new facility replaced the current Murphysboro facility, and a portion of the Steeleville facility. It has been decided to retain the Steeleville site as an operations center. As it has always been, electric service for all of our members and the cost to our members throughout the entire service area will continue to be of the highest priority.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2017
MURPHYSBORO – Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association (EECA) has announced the closure of its existing Murphysboro and Steeleville offices as it prepares to officially open its new headquarters facility in Murphysboro later this month. “Although it is bittersweet closing both offices that have been operational for many years, we look forward to providing better resources to our membership and employees with our new headquarters for generations to come,” says EECA Interim Manager Shane Hermetz.
The existing Murphysboro and Steeleville offices officially closed for business on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. Egyptian Electric and was closed for employee training on Friday, Oct. 20. The new headquarters facility located at 1732 Finney Road, north of Murphysboro and south of the Route 13/27 and Route 4 intersection, opened for regular business on Monday, Oct. 23 at 8 a.m. to begin servicing members.
Some of the reasons for this move are to improve efficiencies, improve workflow for inside and outside functions, combine workforces, and have a state of the art facility for the next generation. The new building is roughly the size of both the old buildings put together, and it was built to accommodate all 38 EECA employees as they merge together in the new office space. Built with energy efficiency in mind, the new facility is equipped with such features as geothermal and automated LED lighting throughout. EECA was also able to utilize a USDA REAP Grant for the improvements from the old sites to the new one.
As both Murphysboro and Steeleville facilities will be closed to the public, membership can visit the new EECA’s lobby or drive-thru during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, to make payments or speak to a customer service representative as usual. Payments can also be made after hours outside of the building at the drive-thru drop-box or kiosk.
Payments can also be made 24/7 by automated pay-by-phone at 844-759-3977. Off-site kiosks are located at 2301 N Reed Station Road in Carbondale at the Marketplace Shell, open 6 a.m. to midnight, and at 1306 N Market Street in Sparta at Wright Do-It Center, open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays for members’ convenience.
The Murphysboro office is currently for sale with a realtor, but the Steeleville will continue to be owned by EECA. Although the front office will be closed to members, it will still be used as an operation center for employees. Crews will work outages that occur after hours, along with other responses and warranted daytime work, out of the Steeleville Operations Center. No open house date is currently scheduled, but EECA hopes to announce one for the Spring of 2018. For more information, go to EECA’s website at www.eeca.coop.