LES opens doors of new facility to Lincoln’s young professionals

The new Operations Center on Rokeby Road has been fully operational for a little more than a year.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – It’s been a little more than a year since the final batch of employees migrated from Lincoln Electric System’s downtown location to the new Operations Center.

This week, they welcomed a group of visitors from the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Group. The tour was an in-depth look behind the scenes.

“Obviously, electricity is poles and wires, but it’s more than that,” LES spokeswoman Kelley Porter said. “It’s the people behind the power. We have a little more than 500 people who work every day to make sure that we have affordable rates and we have high reliability.”

To ensure a highly rated reliability rating, the workforce is divided between the north and south halves of Lincoln, each half taking up residence in a different facility.

“It builds a redundancy,” Porter explains. “We’re able to cover more ground and be much more efficient, which obviously plays into keeping costs low and making sure we’re doing more with less.”

One way LES does more is by constant training in an indoor classroom, highlighted by a huge section of unfinished floor where workers can drive poles into the ground.

The idea of using less is fairly obvious. Less power is used, and fewer resources are wasted.

That idea is shown off by the one-way garage. Big service trucks pull in one door, park and are able to pull out a door on the opposite side of the building.

The reason behind the dozens of small pieces is simple.

“We want to be good stewards,” Porter said. “We want to make sure that our decisions are going to have the greatest impact. So, whether it’s energy efficiency or efficiency in structure and processes, we always keep that in mind.”

The end result is an impressive facility with impressive efficiency.

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