On Oct. 18, at an “open house” luncheon, Robert Rojas, Tri-State’s senior manager of transmission maintenance, thanked the Ogallala City Council members, city staff, Keith County commissioners and other community officials for their support and the economic development incentives provided to the association for its land acquisition and construction of its new Ogallala, Neb., maintenance facility.
The 11,000 square-foot maintenance complex replaces a 1950s-era Quonset hut-style line maintenance building that was subject to flooding and posed many drawbacks, including lack of storage space and difficult vehicle accessibility due to its location on a busy highway.
The new structure was completed at the end of August on a 10-acre site that provides ample room for future expansion, according to Ben Mayer, Tri-State’s general facilities manager. The garage area of the new complex features a wash bay so that crews can clean their vehicles and other equipment on site.
“We’d like to thank the Ogallala City Council, Keith County Commissioners, Keith County Area Development and the Community Redevelopment Authority for their support in assisting Tri-State in siting and developing this new maintenance center,” Rojas said. “This larger facility will significantly improve the working environment for our Ogallala personnel and provides us with ample room for growth in the future,” he added.
There are seven employees assigned to the Ogallala site; they are Vic Burge, line foreman, Clint White, field training specialist, Travis Berg, lineman, Derek Eason, lineman, Brody McGee, lineman, Mark Soper, substation technician and Lucas Sudbeck, lineman.