LIMA — For the past 127 years, the employees of the West Ohio division of Dominion East Ohio Gas have been serving the residential, commercial and industrial customers of a 10-county area in northwest Ohio.
Beginning in 2009, the West Ohio division embarked on a plan to replace nearly 30 percent of its pipeline system through the Pipeline Infrastructure Replacement Program, said External Affairs Manager Peggy Ehora.
The more than 20-year program targets the replacement of bare steel, cast iron, wrought iron and copper pipe, most of which had been installed prior to 1959. Through PIR, the modernization of the Lima area facilities will increase the system integrity and reliability. One of the biggest changes for customers is the moving of meters from inside a dwelling to outside, which is ultimately more convenient.
In 2013, the division completed 10 PIR projects for a total construction cost of over $16 million and replaced approximately 163,325 feet of pipe. The company anticipates completing nine PIR projects in 2014, replacing approximately 83,336 feet of pipe at a cost of over $10 million.
Dominion has continued a proud tradition of commitment to the communities it serves, which was demonstrated through a multitude of sponsorships, activities and grants in 2013. Highlights included participating as a major sponsor of Gov. John Kasich’s annual State of the State address in Lima and awarding a combined $30,000 in Higher Education Grants to Apollo Career Center and Ohio Northern University. The purpose of the grants will help prepare students for technical positions in Ohio’s growing energy production and other industries.
The company also sponsored numerous activities in the region designed to make those communities a better place to live, play and work.
“This year has already proven to be a challenging yet exciting time for the energy industry, particularly for us in Ohio,” said Scott Miller, vice president and general manager of Dominion East Ohio. “We are proud to have the 75,000 customers in our northwest division as part of the Dominion family and look forward to continued partnerships that will enhance the quality of life in those communities.”
The local natural gas distribution company has experienced a few changes over the years, most significantly becoming a part of Dominion Resources in 2000.
ST. MARYS — Midwest Electric near St. Marys turned its recent focus onto energy efficiency to help customers lower their costs.
“It has been a focus for the last few years for us,” said Customer Service Manager Matt Berry. “When we help customers control their energy use, we help control their costs and help conserve energy.”
Berry said as part of the efficiency program, the company offers energy audits of homes and rebates when customers upgrade appliances. He said the company plans to continue to use those tactics and possibly introduce new ones into 2014.
Midwest was established in 1936 and serves about 11,000 customers in Allen, Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, Shelby, Putnam and Van Wert counties. It is a customer-owned, non-profit organization.
Time Warner Cable
LIMA — Time Warner Cable has long been viewed as an industry leader in creating and deploying innovative products and services, according to TWC Public Relations manager Mike Hogan.
“In 2013, we continued to introduce new ways to help consumers connect to entertainment, information and people better,” Hogan said. “In addition, TWC continued to make a difference in the communities we serve through our philanthropic initiatives, donations, partnerships and volunteerism.”
TWC invested more than $417 million in its network across the Midwest market to improve reliability and launch products and services in 2013. Improvements included Internet speed increase, lower-price Internet service, TWC TV, WiFi Initiative, Cloud-Based Guide, HD Channels, IntelligentHome and VoiceZone Connect.
TWC’s primary community project, Connect a Million Minds, continues to make a difference by helping young people explore the exciting opportunities science, technology, engineering and mathematic provide. CAMM is a five-year, $100 million cash and in-kind philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining STEM, which puts children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy.
WAPAKONETA — TSC is an independent telephone company that has been serving Wapakoneta, Cridersville and surrounding areas with phone service since 1895.
In 1995, TSC became an Internet service provider in Northwest Ohio when it helped establish bright.net Ohio LLC. By 1998, the company began offering cable television service along with BrightLightning broadband cable modem service. In 2003, it expanded all its offerings into St. Marys.
The company has a distinctive claim to fame in Wapakoneta by still operating a nickel payphone.
LIMA — WCOIL in Lima offers information technology services, Internet services, phone services, security services, and Web to the Lima area.
The company says it is a local technology company that prides itself on customer service for residential and business customers.