Employees will be packing and unpacking April 16-18 as Crawford Electric Cooperative completes its move into the new comprehensive facility constructed just east of the old building on the co-op’s 60-acre campus along Interstate 44 just east of Bourbon.

Starting Tuesday, April 16, the public should begin using the new main entrance, at the monument sign in front of the new building.

Look for the “now open” flag. A new drive-through payment window and after-hours drop box are located to the left.

Rain or shine, as of Tuesday, April 16, the co-op’s call center, emergency response, lobby member service, after-hours drop box and new drive-through payment window all will be operational in the new facility.

Due to computer and phone system switchovers, there may be interruptions in e-bill self-service through its website.

Additionally, computer access to member account information may be restricted briefly that day. The co-op apologizes in advance for any inconvenience this may cause members. Crawford Electric plans to use its website and social media to keep the public updated about the transition that day.

Beginning April 16, the blacktop entrance to the old building will be blocked off to member traffic, as will the old payment drop box. There will be lots of activity at the old building, however, as teams of employees pack and load all movable items from the old facility.

Once operations have completely moved to the new facility, the current 61-year-old headquarters building and an old vehicle maintenance building will be demolished. Most of the space will be restored to a grassy field.

The old blacktop parking lot entrance eventually will be replaced with a concrete driveway to serve as an access-controlled delivery entrance.

Lots of pieces and parts from the old facility will find a second life in the new facility. Numerous pieces of furniture and existing storage units will be repurposed throughout the new building.

The iconic “CRAWFORD Electric Cooperative” sign from the front of the old building will be saved and given a place of honor in the new space.

The new 67,000-square-foot facility was built in nine months, ahead of schedule and on budget. It includes 38,000 square feet of vehicle storage and warehouse space. The new headquarters will house all operations of the cooperative.

Open house events for members and the public will be planned and announced at a later date.

When the co-op took possession of the new building in late January, work continued to install furnishings, build networks for computers and data connections, and calibrate systems for communications and security. Additional effort was taken to ensure a smooth transition and business continuity.

Crawford Electric Cooperative is a member of Touchstone Energy, a national alliance of locally owned, community-minded electric co-ops.

Crawford Electric serves more than 19,000 meters along more than 3,300 miles of distribution lines in Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, Washington and Dent counties.