Adams promotes two engineers to management

Adams Electric Cooperative recently promoted two engineers to management. Chad Thoman, of New Oxford, was named manager of engineering – electrical, and Jeff Turner, of Dillsburg, manager of engineering – mechanical, Dec. 3.

Thoman joined Adams Electric in 2002 as an engineer-in-training and was promoted to staff engineering – electrical in 2006. Thoman manages the co-op’s dispatch center and will add oversight of the key accounts/safety program.

Adams Electric promotes four employees

Adams Electric recently promoted employees to new positions within the cooperative.

Travis Rawlings, of Chambersburg, was named engineering technician within the engineering department, Nov. 1. He started with Adams as a staking technician C in August 2016, then was promoted to staking technician B in February 2017.

Rawlings reports to Brian Shearer, senior staff engineer. He is a graduate of Chambersburg Area High School and completed his associate degree in mechanical engineering through Hagerstown Community College.

Adams Electric names operations manager

Adams Electric Cooperative, Inc. promoted Michael “Mike” Feathers, of New Oxford, to manager of operations, Oct. 22.

Feathers started with Adams as a second year apprentice in 1996, was promoted to journeyman first class in 2002, line serviceman in 2009, and then line superintendent in 2012. He was named operations coordinator in 2016. He reports directly to CEO/General Manager Steve Rasmussen.

Do we owe you money?

When Adams Electric retires Ownership Rewards (patronage capital) to its current and former members, traditionally some of that money remains unclaimed after a year. By law, this money cannot be used to affect rates; therefore, the co-op uses the unclaimed funds to support high school and adult post-secondary education scholarships, invest in community projects and events, and aid members struggling to pay their electric bills.

Adams Electric employee earns supervisory certificate

Eric Altice, of Hanover, a journeyman first class lineman at Adams Electric Cooperative, recently completed the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) supervisory certificate program in State College, Pa.

Altice joins 51 other cooperative employees who have received their supervisory certificates since 1992. Altice joined the cooperative in 2007 as a first-year apprentice in the operations department. He moved through the ranks annually until he attained the level of journeyman first class in 2014.

Feathers earns management certificate

Michael “Mike” Feathers of New Oxford recently completed the Robert I. Kabat Management Internship Program (MIP) offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. The six-week series of workshops guides participants through all facets of the electric utility industry, including the many changes occurring around the nation.

One new, two returning directors elected to Adams Electric board

Dale Myers of Glenville, joins re-elected directors F. L. “Ray” Schwartz of Fairfield, and S. Eugene “Gene” Herritt of Shippensburg, on the Adams Electric Cooperative board of directors following an election process that ended during the cooperative’s 2018 annual meeting, held May 19 at the Gettysburg Area Middle School.

Myers ran unopposed for the seat left vacant after the passing of director William Myers of Glenville in March. He is a former president and member of the South Western School District board and a former PIAA board member.

Adams Electric director elected to national cooperative board

S. Eugene “Gene” Herritt, of Shippensburg, has been elected Pennsylvania’s delegate on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) board.

Herritt, a member of the Gettysburg-based Adams Electric Cooperative since 1985, was seated at the 2018 NRECA annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn., in February. He will represent Pennsylvania on the national board for two-years and replaces Lanny Rodgers, a director with Northwestern Rural Electric Cooperative.

Adams Electric to begin helicopter patrols

Adams Electric plans to start patrolling its overhead distribution lines and equipment this week in portions of upper Franklin and lower Cumberland counties that are served by the cooperative. As the weather permits, the aerial inspections will continue until the process is also completed in Adams and York counties.

The cooperative has conducted aerial inspections every year since 1996. Critical overhead lines that feed power to the co-op’s substations and metering points will be inspected, as well as overhead lines and equipment.