Effective immediately, our member service department is closed until Monday, Nov. 30. We are also postponing electric disconnects for non-payment until Monday, Nov. 30. Our 24/7 answering service will be managing our member service calls.
For most needs, including electric outages, you may call (800) 726-3953 and an answering service representative will assist you. Tipmont and Wintek's other departments, including our internet support and electric line crews, are operating as normal.
When Tipmont acquired Wintek Corporation in January 2019, the focus was on Wintek’s existing and stable infrastructure and highly skilled workforce. Both immediately benefited from our initiative to build state-of-the-art broadband to Tipmont’s electric service area.
Jeff Wilcox will retire at the end of this year after 35 years of service. During his time at Tipmont, he’s served as a lineman, line working foreman, serviceman and a substation technician. He also oversaw the construction of Tipmont’s Battle Ground office that opened in 2009. Prior to joining Tipmont, Wilcox was employed with Public Service Indiana (now Duke Energy) for eight years.
Former Tipmont REMC Lineman Ralph Winger passed away on Oct. 29. Winger retired from Tipmont in 2004 after 39 years of service.
Tipmont REMC will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in observance of Thanksgiving.
In 2018, the Purdue Center for Regional Development completed an impact study focused on rural broadband to help Tipmont’s leadership decide whether we should offer this service. As Ron Holcomb mentions, the study found a 400% rate of return. We already see the results in action!
For fans of baked goods, all sorts of delectable decisions await you in downtown Lafayette. I’ve extolled the virtues of Sweet Revolution’s personal pies here before. Scones and Doilies offers a more European spin with filled rugelach pastries and savory spinachand- cheese galettes.
When we originally announced our fiber internet build at our July 2018 Annual Meeting, the initial reaction was open applause. State-of-the-art broadband service is finally coming to rural areas! But, when I shared our timeline of eight years, that applause quickly became disillusionment.
Innovation requires both courage and compassion. It takes courage because there is no guarantee that the new thing you're trying to do will succeed. But true innovation – something beyond mere change – also requires compassion, the belief that this success should be shared by everyone, not just a select few.
Jeremy Konkle, PE named chief operating officer; Jennifer Rufatto named chief marketing officer
Tipmont REMC and Wintek powered by Tipmont named Jeremy Konkle, PE as its chief operating officer and Jennifer Rufatto as its chief marketing officer.