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Note from the General Manager







Co-ops: We Come in All Shapes & Sizes

What is a co-op,exactly? When you hear the word “co-op,” what comes to mind? We hope you think of your friends here at The Brown-Atchison Electric Cooperative but maybe you think of a local farmers’ coop or a credit union. You might be surprised to learn that co-ops,or cooperatives, can be found in many industries–and they offer a variety of services,each designed to serve their members in the best way possible.

A cooperative is a not-for-profit organization owned by its members. Across the globe, cooperatives remain steadfast, annually generating more than $500 billion in revenue and providing more than 2 million jobs.

As a member of Brown-Atchison, you have a voice - in other words, you’re not just a customer. Every February at our Annual Meeting, you have the right to vote for the association’s board of directors. Brown-Atchison strengthens our community by supporting economic development. As our service area grows, our distribution system grows, which makes it easy to see why strengthening the local economy makes sound business sense.

Co-ops offer a variety of services

So what other kinds of co-ops are out there? Co-ops fall under a variety of categories and services, including agriculture and forestry; consumer and retail; banking and credit unions; health and wellness; and utilities, to name a few. Here are a few other national co-ops you might recognize.

C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs

Network): Created in 1979, the American cable television network provides public access to the political process andreceives no government funding.

Welch’s Grape Juice: More than 1,000 family-farmer owners make up the Welch’s Grape Juice family, and they are located throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Best Western: Owned by independent operators of more than 4,000 hotels in 80 countries, Best Western is one of the world’s largest hotel chains.

Ace Hardware: More than 4,600 Ace Hardware stores are independently owned and operated by local entrepreneurs.

Sunkist: This not-for-profit company’s membership is comprised of numerous growers located throughout California and Arizona.

FTD Florists: The FTD membership includes thousands of growers located in the U.S. and Canada.

The list of cooperatives goes on and on, and as you can see, we come in all shapes and sizes. At Brown-Atchison, our mission is to provide you with safe, reliable, and affordable electricity.

Jim Currie, Manager






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