Preparing for the Future

September 01, 2022

The year is 1977 – Jimmy Carter is president, Fleetwood Mac releases the album Rumors, Star Wars opens in cinemas, and Salem Electric moves into our current headquarters location in West Salem.  

Over the years, we transitioned from typewriters to computers and file cabinets to servers, but our facilities have not kept up with the changing demands. To address current and future needs of the cooperative, we are developing a facilities master plan. The resulting plan includes development of property near Alumina Substation in northeast Salem on the east side of the river to increase resiliency.

Additional covered storage is essential to increase the life span of line trucks and material inventory and is planned for both the headquarters and the east side property. The design also includes upgrades to mechanical, building, and electrical systems in our 45-year-old building. The plan is taking shape, and over the next few months, Salem Electric will be working closely with the Board of Directors to prioritize projects and create an implementation timeline.

metal building
Rendering of proposed building by Alumina Substation.
Salem Electric Building
Rendering of proposed upgrade to headquarters entry.