Lynches River Electric Co-op has been in its new home at 707 South Arant Street since April 11, but made it official Thursday, May 24 with a ribbon cutting ceremony, reception and tours.
President and CEO David A. Altman welcomed the visitors to the new facility, then introduced Eric L. Horton, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
“The last time Lynches River dedicated a new headquarters facility was in 1956,” he said. “The headquarters is a tool we use for our employees to work from. It’s like the trucks or the poles or the lines, transformers and evrything else. The building we were in served us well, but it’s been a long time coming for a new one.”
Horton said the board had discussed a new facility for several years.
“We always came back with, ‘it’s just not the right time.’ So, in 2010 the opportunity came up for the Town of Pageland to make a deal for this property and it worked out,” he said.
The town traded the land for the new co-op headquarters for the old Lynches River facility on McGregor Street, which will soon be Pageland Town Hall.
Mayor Brian Hough said some remodeling is needed before town employees move in.
“We just got the keys to the Lynches River facility, so we’ll be doing something in the very near future,” Hough said. “There are a lot of small offices in that building that will require us to remodel into larger offices. Some are divided by partitions that will be easy to remove.”