Kankakee Valley REMC (KV) is a member-owned cooperative that provides power to 18,000 residential and commercial customers in seven rural counties in northwestern Indiana with 21,000 meters. Making smart financial decisions is KV's responsibility as a consumer-owned cooperative. In order to prepare for the future, they sought to future-proof their technology by creating a reliable fiber ring connecting their office and substations. The ring would allow them to improve reliability by moving information faster and more efficiently, as well as being able to quickly spot and fix potential problems and identify outage locations. It would also allow them to identify opportunities to leverage their infrastructure to support further broadband development in their communities.
To design and secure routes for the fiber ring, KV hired Yates Engineering Services, an Indiana-based firm that specializes in Fiber to the Home (FTTH) and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) design, SMART grid consulting and construction services. Once the engineering firm had finished the design, KV began looking for a partner to help with the construction phase of the project. Wesco provided a team of engaged and effective problem-solvers dedicated to offering advice and expertise on fiber design, BOM development and the benefits of order consolidation. Once KV realized the creative and unique approaches that Wesco brought to the table, they selected us for the project.
Using the existing CAD drawings from the engineering firm, Wesco stepped in to aid both KV and Yates Engineering in what turned out to be a project requiring 400 miles of outside plant fiber optics. The Wesco Technology & Support Services (TSS) team used the drawings to define a list of materials and organized and categorized them in such a way that the list was ultimately reduced to a fraction of what was originally proposed.
The existing infrastructure determined the build, using a combination of strand, lash and ADSS cable construction. In addition to supplying the bulk fiber for the project, Wesco also supplied the cabinets, terminations, duct and all OSP materials, as well as provided supply chain services, including staging and kitting, to streamline the project’s implementation.
Partnering with Wesco helped KV effectively build creative and tangible solutions in their supply chain. Josh Pepple, Director of Operations for KV, said, “The partnerships we have established with Wesco and Yates Engineering Services have simplified the management of our fiber ring deployment. Through these partnerships, we have realized savings for our membership through direct purchase of materials, while avoiding the need to bring in additional resources to manage the procurement process.”
Wesco served as a trusted partner of KV’s supply chain team, significantly increasing resources available to oversee their project.
Kankakee Valley REMC, a nonprofit rural utilities membership cooperative.
Build a reliable fiber optic ring to network all substations.
- Supplied 400 miles of outside plant fiber optics
- Refined bill of materials
- Provided staging and kitting services
- Kept project on track for on-time completion
- Minimized material costs by consolidating material list and securing special pricing
- Achieved cost savings without compromising quality or service
- Fortified infrastructure to support further broadband development