In 1939, the newly formed Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative (MLEC) proudly served 300 people on a few miles of line. Throughout its 80 years of service, MLEC now serves over 13,000 members, of which 50% are seasonal, and maintains nearly 2,000 miles of electric line.
Besides its residential members, MLEC serves many standout businesses including American Peat Technology, Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Savanna Pallets.
American Peat Technology, based in Aitkin, Minnesota, develops granulated peat products, including agricultural and water remediation solutions, that serve several industries.
With over 40 years in the industry, Savanna Pallets in McGregor, Minnesota, is the largest new Minnesota wood pallet manufacturer in the region as well as the largest producer of wooden pallet components.
The Grand Casino in Onamia, Minnesota, on Mille Lacs Lake attracts many tourists where they can experience a northland fun get-away.
“We are proud that all of these key companies share our concern for community,” said Kassie Kokesh, communication specialist at MLEC. “They all give back to their communities through sponsorships and scholarships. We are proud to serve them.”