Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative is a non-profit member-owned electric utility.
Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative is a non-profit member-owned electric utility located in Corning, Mt. Ayr, and Stanton - servicing member-owners in 11 counties: Adams, Adair, Cass, Decatur, Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Ringgold, Taylor, and Union.
Mission: Provide safe, reliable electric service and promote community and economic development utilizing cooperative principles and values.
Whether they’re working, driving the gang to practice or even teaching the little ones how to save energy at home, moms are simply the best. Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing moms out there!
May is Electrical Safety month.
Here is a fun crossword for the mini- members!
Farmers:: please remember to “LOOK UP AND LIVE”.
Be aware of your surroundings. This is a great reminder of the protocols if you encounter this situation. Please take a few minutes to read and remember these recommendations for safety!
On Thursday April 23rd, an ag sprayer contacted the Mid- American 161V transmission line in Iowa County. Fortunately, the driver stayed in the sprayer and called for help. By doing so he prevented a possible deadly accident.
We encourage each of you to pay attention to your surroundings as you head to the field and at any time you question the voltage of power lines, call your local utility before you begin working.
Listed is the safe working distances according to OSHA.
Power Line Voltages OSHA Minimum Approach Distance*
0 to 50kV 10 feet
Over 50kV to 200kV 15 feet
Over 200kV to 250kV 20 feet
Over 250kV to 350kV 25 feet
Over 500kV to 750kV 35 feet
* Minimum distance for travel under power lines must comply with OSHA Rules.
When operating a piece of equipment that
contacts a power line:
If you are not in danger from fire or from being
struck by a power line:
* Stay where you are.
* Move the equipment away from power line if possible.
* Warn others not to approach the equipment.
* Call 911 and your local electric utility for assistance.
If you are in danger and must get off the equipment:
* Jump as far away from the equipment as you can and
land with both feet together. (No part of your body should
touch the equipment and the ground at the same time.)
* Hop or shuffle at least 40 feet away from the equipment
with your feet together to reduce the risk of electric
* Once clear, do not return to the equipment until your local
electric utility declares it safe.
* Call 911 and your local electric utility for assistance.
If a fellow worker is in danger:
* Stay away.
* Warn fellow workers to stay away.
* Call 911 and your local electric utility for assistance.
COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource guide available from the USDA
Here are for more factors to consider if you're planning to plant a new tree for #ArborDay!
Today is #ArborDay! Here are some factors to consider if you’re planting new trees.
Today is the 50th anniversary of #EarthDay! There are things we can all do to reduce our carbon footprint. Here are three easy ways to #saveenergy.
Today is Administrative Professionals day! Thank you for all you do from all of us at Southwest Iowa REC.
Pictured from left to right:
Denise Halquist, Cacey Quick, Sarah Newton, Suzy Olson, Wendy Wimer, Marilyn Rubel
If you receive any questionable scam phone calls or emails, please feel free to hang up and call our offices directly to confirm. 888-220-4869 Corning ext 1, Mt Ayr ext 2, Stanton ext 3.
Remember we will only call you during business hours, 7:30 am- 4:00 pm.
#staysafe #stayhealthy #swiarec
April 20-24 is #WorkZoneAwarenessWeek. When possible, please move over for roadside utility crews. #safetyfirst #swiarec
We appreciate our members for relying on us to provide reliable energy when it matters most. #thankyou #staysafe #stayhealthy #swiarec
We can't say thank you enough to the medical professionals.
#StaySafe #StayHealthy #swiarec
Please check our website for the latest updates on Covid related information.
Covid-19 Message from the General Manager:
As we all deal with the new realities brought on by the coronavirus, I want to assure you that your local electric cooperative is here to help you. We have always had an Emergency Plan that has served us well in a variety of circumstances, from ice storms to tornadoes to flash floods. Early in this crisis, we reviewed our plan with a special emphasis on ensuring we can continue to provide the reliable electric service you have come to expect from your electric cooperative.
So far, that is exactly what has happened. We know that after a sufficient supply of food and water, electricity is the No. 1 thing you need to maintain some sense of normalcy as we hunker down in our homes. With that in mind, keeping the power flowing is Job 1 for everyone involved in maintaining the electric cooperative system.
That starts with our generation cooperative, Central Iowa Power Cooperative, which has taken extreme measures to ensure its workforce is healthy and its power plants are functioning as needed. It extends to the entities that wheel that electricity across Iowa, and it includes Southwest Iowa REC where business may be a bit unusual, but our service remains the same.
We thought you might want to know some of the steps we have taken in order to keep your power flowing. Today, April 14th, marks the fourth full week we’ve closed our lobbies to prevent the spread of germs. Instead, we are encouraging members to use our drop box, online and phone payment options and the “good old” U.S. Postal Service to pay bills. Many of our members also pay monthly via ACH through their bank account. Please let us know if you are interested in this safe and efficient form of payment.
Our three service locations in Corning, Mount Ayr and Stanton have social distanced from each other and internally at each as best we can to limit possible spread of the virus. If you call, the phones will be answered as always.
Our management team is meeting regularly to fine-tune this plan. We are in constant contact with the other electric cooperatives in Iowa and with the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, which in turn is working closely with our national association, the state legislature, Governor Reynolds, and state and local emergency management agencies as needed.
So far, it is working well and everyone has adapted to the new norm. That’s because we’ve done this before. A crisis situation brings out the best in our employees. We don’t welcome the current crisis but we intend to meet it head-on as we always have and continue to provide you with the quality electrical service you are accustomed to.
Our focus here is on doing our part to keep your life as normal as possible through this situation and beyond. The cooperative way of doing business has brought us this far, and the cooperative way will help us through this crisis.
All the best to everyone. Stay healthy, stay home if you can and we will get through this together the cooperative way!
Paul Vanderholm is a lineman at the Stanton location and has been with Southwest Iowa REC for 23 years. Paul has 3 daughters; Heidi, Jody and April. Paul’s favorite part of being a lineman is being able to help to keep electricity on, especially after blizzards and storms. He would like to our members to know that we, at Southwest Iowa REC, are your neighbors, friends, or relatives and we are involved in many community activities. When your lights are out, we are out trying to get things back up and running for you, while keeping everyone safe. When Paul is off work, he enjoys watching sporting events and supporting his family.
Shayne Larson is a lineman out of the Stanton Location. Shayne and his wife, Katie have one daughter, Sloan. Shayne has been a lineman for 8 years with Southwest Iowa REC. He is proud to keep reliable power going to our members. He would like our member to remember to use caution around down power lines. While not working, Shayne enjoys hunting, fishing and just being outdoors.
Zach Schafer is a lineman out of the Mt Ayr office.
Tanner Rinehart is a lineman and the safety coordinator out of the Mt Ayr location. He and his wife, Tess, have 2 sons, Clyde and Ike. Tanner has been with Southwest Iowa REC for 11.5 years. His favorite part of his job is working with members to meet their electricity needs, along with working with the line crew. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing, boating, and helping with harvest on at the Whitson Farm.
(Tanner pictured left)
Nathan Weeda is a lineman at the Mt Ayr location. As of this month, he will have served 15 years with Southwest Iowa REC. He has his wife have 4 beautiful dogs. His favorite part of his job is the always changing duties; no two days are the same. Nathan would like the members to know they are the reason we do what we do; to insure they have power. While not at work or on call, he enjoys to hunt, ride horses, watch sports, and other outdoor activities.
David Head is a lineman at the Mt Ayr location. He has been with Southwest Iowa REC for the last 8 years. David and his wife, Casi, have two sons- Kasen and Rylan. David enjoys working with a great group of guys that always find a way to get the job done. David would like to thank the members for their patience and appreciation. He says “We always want their power to say on or come back on as quickly and safely as possible.” He would also like to thank everyone in the office. He said they are the other half of the team and the linemen wouldn’t be able to do their job without them. While not at work or on call, David enjoys spending time with family and friends, riding his motorcycle and just being outside.
(David pictured on the right)
Scott Geer is a lineman at the Stanton location and has 33 years of service at Southwest Iowa REC. He and his wife, Sue, have 1 son, Keegan and 1 daughter Sydnee along with 2 grandsons. Scott’s appreciates his fellow line crew working together to get jobs done in a timely manner. He also likes to get out to the country to visit members and provide them reliable energy. Scott would like to remind members to always be safe. When he is away from work, Scott enjoys spending time with family, going on vacations and going to the movies.
Ben Knapp is a Line Foreman out of the Mt Ayr office.
Lucas Dalton is a lineman at the Corning location. He has been a lineman for 2 & ½ years. Lucas and his wife, Taylor, are enjoying being new parents to their son Eli. Lucas’s favorite part about being a lineman at SWIAREC is getting the opportunity to be outdoors for most of the days, no matter the conditions. Outside of work, Lucas enjoys hunting and camping with his family.
Duane Schafer is the Director of Operations for Southwest Iowa REC out of the Mt Ayr location. He has been with Southwest Iowa REC for 37 years in May. Duane and his wife, Janelle, have 3 kids, Zach, Melissa and Drake, and two grandkids. His favorite part of his job is helping to get members’ power restored after storms. He also enjoys promoting safety so at the end of the day- all the linemen get home to their families. He says “one of our sayings is ‘Look up and Live’. I would like for or members to watch for our overhead power line when cutting trees, setting flag poles, planting trees, using large farm equipment, ext. If they practice this safety tip, they can stay safe and won’t cause hazards to themselves or others.” While Duane is off work, he like to fish and bowhunt, but mostly he loves spending time with his grandkids.
Dustin Smith is an apprentice lineman at the Corning location and has been with Southwest Iowa REC for the past 9 months. His favorite part of the job is getting to keep the power on for our members and working on powerlines. His advice for members is to please be patience when the power goes out. It isn’t always easy to find where the problem is but we work very hard to safely restore power. While not working, Dustin enjoy to hunt, fish and rodeo.
Ken Van Wyhe is the line foreman at the Stanton location. He and his wife, Gloria, have two adult children, Stacia and Korey who are both married with families. Ken has 32 years of service at Southwest Iowa REC. He enjoys building line, restoring power, and meeting with members for new or upgrading services. Ken’s advice to members is to be involved. He says “This is your REC and we want you to be involved and always stay safe.” Outside of the office, Ken enjoys visiting his grandkids, attending their activities, wood working, watching sports, bowling and boating.
Tysen Sederburg is a lineman at the Stanton location. He has 27 years of service with Southwest Iowa REC. His favorite part of his job is building line and going on outage calls to restore power. Tysen’s advice for members is to be safe and ask for help if when you need it. Tysen and his wife, Barbra, have 5 kids and 3 grandkids. He enjoys going for drives with his wife, golfing and woodworking. Tysen would just like to thank Southwest Iowa REC for being a great place to work for the last 27 years and says, “I truly love my job.”
Les Helvie has been a lineman at the Corning location for 17.5 years. He is married with 3 children. His favorite part about being a lineman is keeping the power on and building new line. His advice to our members is to stay away from down power lines. Les volunteers for the Corning Fire Department, and in his free time, he enjoys camping with his family and hunting.
Danny Stamps is the Line Forman at the Corning location. He has been with Southwest Iowa REC for the last 39 years. Danny and his wife, Cindy, have 2 daughters, Oakley and Tasha. Danny likes working alongside his co-workers, getting jobs done, and to keep power flowing to our members. Danny would like our members to know “We, as a line crew, strive to keep your power on, and to work safely doing it. To keep everyone safe may take a little longer but we want to be able to send everyone home to their families, once power is restored.” While not working or on call, Danny enjoys riding his motorcycle, golfing, spending time with family and traveling with his wife.
Sam Elsberry is a lineman at the Mt Ayr location and has 5 years of service with Southwest Iowa REC. He and his wife, Kimberly, just had their first child last week, a baby boy named Boyd. Sam enjoys getting to work in the field with the rest of the line crew. He says they make it fun, no matter the weather conditions. Sam hopes the members understand they are always working to keep everyone’s electricity on. When not working or on call, Sam enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as being outdoors, hunting, fishing or working on the farm.
Bill Scharfenkamp is a line foreman at the Mt Ayr location. Bill has been with Southwest Iowa REC for 21 years. He and his wife have 3 kids and 1 grandson. He enjoys the day to day linework. Bill’s advice to the members of REC is to look up before you place a new tree and adjust, so it will not grow in to the lines later. While not at work or on call, Bill likes to work around the farm.
Today is Lineman Appreciation day!
While we appreciate our linemen year-round, today we are going to celebrate all our linemen do, day and night, to keep our power on and to keep you safe. We want you to get to know Southwest Iowa REC Linemen! We will be highlighting each of our linemen to honor their commitment to serve our REC members with safe, affordable power. If you see them today or any day, don't forget to #thankalineman!
Back row, left to right: Tysen Sederburg, Ben Knapp, Scott Geer, Bill Schafenkamp, Paul Vanderholm, Zach Schafer, Ken Van Wyhe, Nathan Weeda.
Front row, left to right: Tanner Rinehart, Shayne Larson, David Head, Les Helvie, Lucas Dalton, Sam Elsberry, Dustin Smith, Danny Stamps.
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SOUTHWEST IOWA RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY The purpose of Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative on Facebook is to provide members with a casual and open forum to share energy saving tips, outage updates, current events and other non-personal information. All postings and contributions are subject to review by page administrators. Any posts considered inappropriate or not conducive to the desired climate of the forum will be deleted. Repeat violations will result in a fan being blocked from the site. The following will be deleted immediately: 1. Vulgar or inappropriate language. 2. Overly offensive or aggressive posts in regard to the Cooperative, members, or fans. 3. Campaigning or lobbying by third parties, regardless of content. No personal details regarding one’s electric account should be posted in this, or any, public forum. If you have a question or concern regarding your account, please call the cooperative at the appropriate location: (888)220-4869 Corning #1, Mount Ayr #2, Stanton #3, during normal business hours so that we may address your concerns without compromising your confidentiality. This page is monitored Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. whenever the Cooperative is open for business and is not to be used to report service interruptions (outages), electrical problems, service requests and other similar notifications. These notifications should be made using the appropriate phone number listed above. Thank you for your cooperation in making this a positive tool for Cooperative members.
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