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Press Release from Midwest Electric: ST. MARYS, OH — Midwest Electric recently provided a $164,010 loan to Mercer County Commissioners, which will help finance sewer and water infrastructure expansion on State Route 118 on the north end of St. Henry. This zero-interest loan was initially granted to Midwest Electric from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). As Mercer County repays Midwest Electric, those payments go in the co-op’s Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund, serving as a pool of money for future loans to small area businesses and government entities.

ST. MARYS, OH — Midwest Electric recently donated $15,975 to 13 west-central Ohio charities and community projects through the cooperative’s Community Connection Fund. Thanks to the 88 percent of Midwest Electric members who round up their electric bill and donate those pennies to this fund, Midwest Electric has provided $1,096,284 to 916 local charitable causes since 1998.

Discussions about a merger between Midwest Electric and Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative (PPEC) will no longer move forward. The original concept was to reduce operating costs by streamlining the two organizations into one. After both boards reviewed the full study results, it was decided it was in the best interest of the memberships to remain separate cooperatives. Members will not see any changes, as both co-ops will continue business as before.

ST. MARYS, OH — Marion Local High School’s Rachel Partington and Shawnee High School’s David Stirn captured top honors in the 2019 Midwest Electric scholarship competition, featuring judges from Wright State University-Lake Campus. The two seniors each received a $2,000 scholarship. Partington will go on to represent Midwest Electric in the Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives statewide scholarship competition in Columbus this spring, where a total of $38,200 will be distributed.