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Mississippi utility makes plans to move to new location

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BYHALIA, MS (WMC-TV) - The offices of the Northcentral Electric Power Association have called Byhalia, Mississippi home since 1980, but will soon move to a new facility seven miles away in un-incorporated Olive Branch.

"We determined that we had run out of space in both our Olive Branch location and our corporate center here in Byhalia," general manager Kevin Doddridge said. "We thought it would be most efficient if we moved everything to one location."

That location will be just under 80,000 square feet, and will be built over 20 acres of land near Bethel Road and Hwy 178. According to Doddridge, the $13 million project will allow the utility to expand and grow along with the population.

"We think that as we come out of this recession, we will probably hit a period of significant growth, and this facility is better able to serve growth as it moves both north and east," he said.

The company currently has 87 full time employees and serves 28,000 customers. Doddridge estimates the project will take up to 14 months to complete, and will also provide a shot in the arm to the local economy.

"Over the 14 months we think it's going to require to build this job, we anticipate somewhere between 400 to 450 individuals will draw a paycheck based on working on this project," he said.

Doddridge said economics of the day dictated the decision to build the facility now, but he does not anticipate any rate increases as a direct result of the project.

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