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High West Energy hosts Grand Opening, branding party

 

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High West Energy held a branding party and grand opening at the expansion of their Pine Bluffs facilities last week. Brands have been a tradition since before they relocated to their current location, and adding new ones was considered appropriate for the occasion. A ribbon cutting was held to officially open the new expansion. Pictured (l-r) are Ed Prosser, Jamie Fowler, Jerry Burnett, Brian Heithoff, CEO/General Manager, Russ Nielsen, Troy Freeburg, Gary Smith and Dan Acheson.

On Aug. 18, High West Energy hosted approximately 350 people for a branding party and grand opening for the expansion of its headquarters facility in Pine Bluffs. The event featured a chuck wagon dinner, music from The Squash Blossoms, and a branding event.

"Over the years, more than 500 brands have been registered in High West Energy's service territory. It is our goal to have as many of those brands as possible represented in our office," said Brian Heithoff. "In recognition of our heritage and as a nod to a tradition started by our predecessors at John Deere, we asked that all brand owners bring their branding irons to this special event to help us add to the legacy, a legacy we honor and celebrate every day."

The brands that were pressed into the walls back in the John Deere days have been saved, and will be converted into art pieces that will be placed around the building. The new brands will be added to celebrate the rich agricultural history in our communities.


In January of 1988, High West Energy-then Rural Electric Company-re-located from its headquarters at 220 Main Street to its current location on County Road 212. The move was significant to the cooperative, as it was the first time that all the equipment, supplies and employees could be housed in one location. It provided more space for a growing organization, and increased efficiency so the employees could better serve the members.

The move was bittersweet for the cooperative and members of the community. The building originally housed a John Deere facility, and it was difficult to see such a reputable company leave the area. In fact, many members of the community worked very hard and made personal sacrifices in hopes they would stay.

After it was purchased, several renovations were made to convert the facility from a building that housed tractors and farm equipment, to one that would serve as an office. The space has served the cooperative well for more than 27 years, and even today it is still fondly remembered as "the old John Deere building."

Over the past four years, High West Energy has experienced tremendous growth. To better serve the needs of the members, two additional companies-High West Digital Solutions and High West Wiring-opened in 2013, and with them came additional employees. As the cooperative has gained new members, both from the oil fields and especially in the Cheyenne area, additional employees were hired to help upgrade and maintain the system, and bring new service to those who need it. After nearly three decades of use, the office is too small to accommodate the growth of the co-op and its auxiliary businesses.


Photo courtesy High West Energy

High West Energy held a branding party and grand opening at the expansion of their Pine Bluffs facilities last week. Brands have been a tradition since before they relocated to their current location, and adding new ones was considered appropriate for the occasion. A ribbon cutting was held to officially open the new expansion. Pictured (l-r) are Ed Prosser, Jamie Fowler, Jerry Burnett, Brian Heithoff, CEO/General Manager, Russ Nielsen, Troy Freeburg, Gary Smith and Dan Acheson.

 

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