Maine Public Service to move Caribou staff

12 years ago

Maine Public Service to move Caribou staff

By Kathy McCarty

Staff Writer

    Maine Public Service Company officials plan to continue consolidation efforts, recently announcing the relocation of its Caribou office to the company’s new main office on Parkhurst Siding Road in Presque Isle.

    MPS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emera, Inc., of Halifax, will be moving operations from the 21 Aldrich Drive site in Caribou to the field operations center in May. MPS also maintains district offices in Fort Kent and Island Falls but has made no indication of any changes occurring at either of those sites.

    According to MPS Senior Vice President and Interim General Manager Lois M. Smith, “Beginning on or about April 23, our Caribou crews, office workers and vehicles will be dispatched from the G. Melvin Hovey Operations Center in Presque Isle.”

    Smith said the transition will allow for a more consolidated office to better serve customers.

    “This move, along with the relocation of the Presque Isle customer call center (on Carmichael Street) last month and the pending relocation in early May of our personnel at corporate headquarters (on State Street), provides Maine Public Service a unique opportunity to house all of its major support functions in central Aroostook under one roof,” said Smith.

    The move is part of an effort to achieve efficiency and reduce business costs, in an attempt to help keep rates stable for customers.

    No layoffs are anticipated. Five employees currently work at the Caribou service center, with three line trucks (aerial lift bucket trucks) and two service vehicles (pickups). All will be relocated to the Presque Isle facility.

    On March 23, 15 employees and five service vehicles moved from the Carmichael Street building to the Operations Center.

    “When we move from the MPS headquarters building the first part of May, the move will affect 15 employees and one pool vehicle,” said Virginia Joles, senior communications specialist.

    MPS plans to lease the Caribou facility to another interested business who intends to occupy the building in May. Similar negotiations are under way for the Presque Isle facilities being vacated.

    “We’re still in negotiations with interested parties for all three sites — Caribou’s Aldrich Drive office,  and Presque Isle’s buildings on Carmichael and State streets,” said Joles.