Co-op Strong

MEC team stands together to serve the community during pandemic

The MEC team joins together for photo after an employee appreciation lunch. Photo by Bo Hellams

In 1946 the local community needed electricity that investor-owned utilities would not provide, thus creating Mohave Electric Cooperative’s (MEC's) shape over the years. MEC has been serving its members for 75 years, and the cooperative is continuing to look for ways to improve our service and provide programs to help our members.

COVID-19 has continued to impact living requirements and social formalities for more than a year, and MEC has been here to serve from start to finish. Most individuals may not think of utility companies as an essential business, though through COVID, our members have realized how important it is to keep the lights on. Children were learning at-home education, parents’ jobs often take place in the living room, and nightly activities are partially still inside the home rather than at a local business.

Behind the scenes of “keeping the lights on” are roughly 87 MEC employees (most of whom are also cooperative members) working diligently to ensure a quality service to our members. Whether a crew is responding to an outage, or our public affairs staff is creating member engagement, accounting crunching numbers on the financial parts of the business, or our member service team staying open to answer any question or to assist any member as best they can— MEC has continued to be CO-OP STRONG.

Our employees have continued to work from the office during this time to provide the highest level of service. Standing by to resolve member issues or creating a quality fiber-optic network, MEC employees have been staying the course through the COVID-19 pandemic, and we thank them for all that they have done.

On May 14, all MEC employees were invited to an employee appreciation barbecue, sponsored by the board of directors and management, where employees could bring their family to enjoy a warm meal, as a “thank you” for the continued efforts they pour into their daily tasks. All positions at the cooperative are important. From our meter crew, stakers, linemen, auto shop, accountants, member service representatives, warehouse, facilities maintenance, engineer, and administration— we continue to grow from our past 75 years and work toward the next 75 years.

CEO Tyler Carlson states, “CO-OP STRONG is more than working the extra hours or going the extra mile. It is about standing together as a cooperative team to continue to serve the community and our members as best we can with pride and integrity. Giving back to our employees with a family barbecue event is only a small way to show the gratitude to each employee that works within Mohave Electric Cooperative, and something I am proud to be a part of.”

COVID-19 has brought many new social norms, but Mohave Electric Cooperative is here to continue to serve our members. We look forward to a fantastic annual meeting to enjoy with our members and we thank you all for supporting the cooperative for the past 75 years.