GETTYSBURG, PA - A digger truck that for 17 years was used to dig holes and set utility poles across south-central Pennsylvania will soon be doing the same thing in rural Costa Rica, thanks to recent donations by two Pennsylvania electric cooperatives and a local utility truck outfitter.
A 1991 International model truck is headed to Cooperativa de Electrificacion Rural de Alfaro Ruiz (Alfaro Ruiz),
the sister cooperative of Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative based in Somerset, Pa. The truck is donated by Adams Electric Cooperative of Gettysburg, Pa. The unit was recently given a $10,200 makeover to lengthen its useful lifespan with the cost split between York-based Dueco and Somerset Rural Electric.
“The truck can no longer serve as a first line unit for our cooperative,” says Steve Rasmussen, Adams Electric's
CEO/general manager. “It needs to be replaced with something that we can run day in and day out and will stand up to our weather conditions, but it will be put to good use in Costa Rica.”
This is the ninth utility truck that Adams Electric has donated over the last 10 years to be used to build and repair line in rural parts of Central America. This most recent donation will be sent to Port Everglades, Fla., later this month. From there it will be shipped to Costa Rica where it will be picked up by representatives of Alfaro Ruiz. The donations are conducted through the International Program of the National Rural Electric Cooperative
Association, which handles all the details and pays the cost of shipping the trucks to Central America. In the past, representatives from Adams Electric and Somerset have traveled to Central America to train workers how to properly use the donated truck.
About Adams Electric Cooperative
Adams Electric Cooperative provides electric service to 31,000 homes, farms and businesses in Adams,
Cumberland, Franklin and York counties. Somerset Rural Electric provides electric service to just over 13,000
members in Somerset, Bedford, Fayette and Westmoreland counties in Pennsylvania, plus Garrett County in
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