Medina EC held the grand opening of its new Rio Grande City office on Monday, November 19, at 601 North FM 3167. Co-op members, community members, local officials and Medina EC Board of Directors and employees attended the event. The event was held 80 years to the day after the cooperative was incorporated.
Attendees began gathering shortly after lunch, and enjoyed snacks and good conversation. Tours of the office were provided throughout the afternoon. Everyone gathered outside to cut the ribbon at 3 p.m. and to present Casa De Esperanza with a $3,000 donation.
Medina Electric first began serving the Rio Grande City area out of a building at Fort Ringgold. The co-op moved to the building at FM 755 in the 1970s. Several years ago, it became apparent that Medina EC had outgrown the building, and in 2015 the Medina EC Board of Directors approved the purchase of the land on FM 3167. The official groundbreaking for the new office occurred on August 22, 2017, and just over a year later, on September 13, the new office opened.
During the ribbon cutting, CEO Mark Rollans thanked the Rio Grande City community for their support, thanked various Medina EC staff members who were involved in the project, and staff of Cooperative Building Solutions, who oversaw the construction project.
He also thanked the Medina EC Rio Grande City employees, past and present, noting, “We would not do it without the dedication of our Rio Grande City employees. We appreciate everything you do in the community.”
Alberto Escobedo, of Casa De Esperanza, and Starr County Judge Eloy Vera also both spoke about the involvement of Medina EC in the community.