Concern for community

CMEC-Charleston Stone: Mike Vaughn (right), Charleston Stone ­operations ­manager, discusses company operations with Sam Adair, CMEC ­manager of marketing and member services.

With the assistance of Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative (CMEC), Charleston Stone Company, a limestone quarry in CMEC service territory, received $400,000 through the Rural Economic Development Loan/Grant (REDLG) program. The funds are ­provided to rural ­utilities by the USDA Rural Development Program which then provides no-­interest loans to ­borrowers in their areas for economic development.

Charleston Stone is using the funds to replace their ­existing diesel portable crushing plant with a new electric portable crushing plant. The company currently has about 20 employees and anticipates the creation of five new jobs.