Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is June 23, 2018

Conway Corp announces Arnold Innovation Center location

Conway Corp has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Conway to assume maintenance and management of Conway City Hall at 1201 West Oak Street. Conway Corp will repurpose the building as the Arnold Innovation Center, and it will include co-working space, office suites and seminar facilities.

In 2017, the Conway Corp Board of Directors announced plans for the Arnold Innovation Center at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting. The center, named in honor of retired Conway Corp CEO Richard Arnold, will be a destination for entrepreneurs to connect with one another while having access to necessary resources to create, launch and grow businesses. 

“The innovation center will become the epicenter of Conway’s startup community,” Conway Corp CEO Bret Carroll said. "This is an ideal location from a technology standpoint and an historic one. It’s in the heart of the Data District and just a few steps from where almost 150 years ago, Conway’s original startups were launched.”

The building is less than a block from the site of Conway Station, from which the city emerged in the late 1800’s. The current structure was built for First State Bank and opened in August 1960 before becoming Conway City Hall in 1986. City Hall has remained in its current location for 32 years despite its expected life of 20 years.

City officials hope to move to a new location in downtown Conway.

“It’s important for us to reinvest in downtown Conway,” Mayor Bart Castleberry said. “Any time a new business or organization looks to relocate a city’s downtown area is the first place they look. Moving forward, we hope to design and build a new city hall that’s more efficient and user friendly to better meet the needs of the people of Conway,”

The Arnold Innovation Center will open in 2019.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is June 23, 2018

Conway Corp offers free energy audits

This summer season, you probably want to save money on your energy use while still providing comfortable living conditions for you and your family. While you might see your utility costs rising thanks to summer temperatures, sunny weather isn’t the only reason for higher statements.

You might find your home’s HVAC system is always running hard but can’t adequately cool your home, or maybe some rooms in your house are cooler or hotter than others. Maybe you noticed a mold or mildew problem in a room other than the bathroom. You can help find and begin solving these problems with a home energy audit.

Conway Corp’s Energy Smart program offers free residential energy audits to help customers identify how much energy their homes consume and what measures may be taken to make their homes more energy efficient. The analysis will show a homeowner problems that may, when corrected, save significant amounts of money over time. A home energy audit is the first step to assess how much energy your home consumes while evaluating what measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient.

How does a home energy audit work?

During the audit process, a Conway Corp certified energy professional will perform a walk-through inspection of your home using a variety of techniques and equipment to determine its energy-efficiency level. The inspection will help you understand the efficiency level of your home’s heating and cooling systems, look at how your windows and doors seal, inspect insulation levels, show you ways to conserve electricity and help identify leaks in your home.

An energy audit looks at several specific features of your home including your homes thermal envelope: walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows and skylights. Each of these has a specific R-value, which is a measurement of the resistance to heat flow. The higher the resistance – or R-value – the better the insulation quality. Another factor is the leakage rate or how much outside air infiltrates your home. Drafty doors and windows are the primary culprits here; however, other features of your home’s construction including age, orientation to the sun and physical condition will have an effect. A third area to look at is your home’s mechanical system – the heating/ventilation/air condition as well as the heating water.

Annually, homes that have received a free audit from Energy Smart save $148,000 combined in utility costs. Over the lifetime of the program, these homes have saved more than $2.6 million. Some solutions are simple and inexpensive. For example, a $4 tube of caulk might save you $100 in energy costs. Other improvements might be more expensive but can be done over time like installing efficient low-wattage lighting fixtures, adding insulation or upgrading to Energy Star rated appliances.

In addition to the residential audit program, Energy Smart also offers zero percent interest loans to Conway Corp customers for home improvements like replacing old appliances or installing attic insulation. The loan program, funded by the City of Conway through the American Recovery Act of 2009, is available only to Conway Corp customers. Although there are no income limits, applicants must have a good credit history with Conway Corp. Loans are available between $500-2,500 and are repayable over a 36-month period.

An energy audit this summer will show you where to start saving money to cool your home and it will help identify heating problems that could potentially cost you during the cold winter months too. Schedule your free energy audit today to identify areas for your home’s improvements and develop a plan of action.

To learn more about residential energy audits, the zero percent interest loan program or the Energy Smart program, contact Conway Corp at 501-450-6000 or click here.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is June 23, 2018

Weaver celebrates 35 years of service

We’ve come a long way since we began operating Conway’s electric light plant in 1929, and we owe much of our success to our employees – the men and women who proudly serve this community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

This month, Conway Corp would like to recognize Dusty Weaver who is celebrating 35 years of service to the company and the community.

Dusty was hired in May 1983 as a Lab Technician at Conway Corp’s wastewater plant and was promoted to his current position as Senior Lab Technician in October 2000.

As a senior lab technician, Dusty performs standard field and lab testing on water and wastewater samples multiple times a day to ensure standards and government regulations are being met.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is June 23, 2018

Welcome new board member Jake Nabholz

The Conway Corp Board of Directors recently elected Jake Nabholz to serve a seven-year term beginning in May 2018. 

Nabholz, Executive Vice President of Nabholz Construction, has lived in Conway for a total of 27 years and is active with several organizations including the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation, Philander Smith College Board of Trustees and the Rotary Foundation Board of Directors.

“As a city-owned utility, Conway Corp exists to serve only Conway, so the focus can be on service, innovation, community support and quality of life rather than profits or other concerns of a publicly traded company,” Nabholz said. “I’m honored to serve on the board for a company that has such a rich history in my hometown.”

Nabholz graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor of Science in Pure and Applied Sciences. He and his wife, Marisa, have been married for 14 years and are the parents to three children, Kate, Emily and Caleb. They are active members of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

The board elects one director annually to serve a seven-year term. Other board members are Tom Courtway, Lindsay Henderson, Ray Kordsmeier, Greg Murry, Brad Teague and Bob Whitehouse. Nabholz replaces Bo Conner, whose term ended May 8, 2018.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is June 23, 2018

Win a free AC Tune Up

Summer is officially on its way, which means temperatures are steadily rising. Sometimes it’s hard to balance comfort and cost, but staying relaxed and cool in your home on the hottest days of the year without worrying about energy bills going through the roof is possible.

One of the easiest things you can do to stay cool this summer is have a professional tune up your air conditioning unit. Over the course of 12 months, a home’s heating and cooling will easily run thousands of hours. Left unserviced, the average unit will lose five percent of its efficiency each year from dust and dirt accumulation as well as regular wear and tear.

Conway Corp recommends customers have a preventative maintenance tune up on their central air conditioning unit every year to keep it working efficiently. Having your home’s cooling system serviced is one of the best things you can do – both from a comfort perspective as well as a financial one. Plus, small problems can be detected long before they turn into big, expensive problems when temperatures are likely at their worst.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a checkup of your home’s HVAC system can extend its life by several years as well as save you up to ten percent a month on energy bills. On average, a tune up will cost $70 to $100 which easily pays for itself in monthly efficiency savings. Plus, a well-looked-after unit will last up to 15 years, compared to a seven years for ones that are left ignored. Extending the life of your unit will save up to $5,000 in replacement costs.

Conway Corp Energy Smart professionals recommend scheduling a local, certified HVAC contractor to perform a system tune up that includes four basic steps:

  • Measure airflow of the system to test capacity and efficiency. Most air conditioners require 400 cubic feet per minute of air to operate to capacity.
  • Clean the condenser. The outdoor unit should be sprayed with a heaving foaming cleanser that soaks for ten to fifteen minutes before rinsing.
  • Measure indoor and outdoor conditions including indoor wet bulb, indoor dry bulb and outdoor dry bulb. After all measurements are taken, they should be plotted on a sliding chart to determine super heat that will set the proper refrigerant charge.
  • Adjust refrigerant charge. One of the most expensive repairs for units is a refrigerant leak.

Homeowners can also play their part in keeping the system in good working condition by changing the filters on their heating, ventilation and cooling system four times a year. This helps to keep the system running smoothly and improves the home’s airflow providing better air quality and less temperature fluctuation.

WIN A FREE AC TUNEUP

Conway Corp’s Energy Smart program can help you balance increasing demands for electricity with our commitment to providing affordable rates. This month, Energy Smart is giving away an air conditioner tune up to one Conway Corp customer. Click here register to win or to see a list of certified HVAC contractors registered with Conway Corp. Entries must be complete by midnight May 31, and the winner will be announced by June 15, 2018. Winner must be a homeowner in the Conway Corp service area.

To learn more about Conway Corp’s Energy Smart program, call 501-450-6000 or click here.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is June 23, 2018

Gray celebrates 25 years of service

We’ve come a long way since we began operating Conway’s electric light plant in 1929, and we owe much of our success to our employees – the men and women who proudly serve this community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

This month, Conway Corp would like to recognize Shane Gray who is celebrating 25 years of service to the company and the community.

Shane was hired in April 1993 as a Utility Worker Apprentice in the water department and was selected to become an Operator Apprentice at the Water Treatment Plant in October 1998.

In October 2001, Shane was promoted to his current position as Water Plant Operator. As plant operator, Shane operates and maintains the stationary mechanical equipment at the water treatment plant to provide water to Conway.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is June 23, 2018

Beaty celebrates 25 years of service

We’ve come a long way since we began operating Conway’s electric light plant in 1929, and we owe much of our success to our employees – the men and women who proudly serve this community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

This month, Conway Corp would like to recognize Kenny Beaty who is celebrating 25 years of service to the company and the community.

Kenny was hired in April 1993 as a Utility Worker Apprentice in the water department and was promoted to Lab Technician in October 1995.

In March 2005, he was promoted again to his current position as Lab Supervisor. As lab supervisor, Kenny oversees the wastewater plant laboratory including testing, quality and process control and conformance to EPA and ADEQ requirements.  

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is June 23, 2018

Routine pole inspection underway

Conway Corp has contracted with Osmose Utilities Services to inspect 1,300 of the cities wooden utility poles over the next few weeks. The inspections will begin on Bruce Street, between Center Street and 1st Avenue, with crews moving north. Inspections will also be conducted on poles in the area of Conway bordered on the west by Harrison Street and by Interstate 40 on the north and east.

“The inspections are a part of routine maintenance that is required by the National Electric Safety Code,” Electric System Senior Engineer Dale Gottsponer said. “Poles that are more than ten years old will be checked below the surface for signs of decay. Poles that were installed in the last ten years will be visually inspected.”

Osmose has found the vast majority of decay occurs within 18 inches from ground level. Crews scrape away decay and place a preservative around the base. The upper portion of each pole is also inspected to make sure that no connections to power lines are loose.

Conway Corp crews will follow the inspection to make any repairs or replace any poles as needed.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is June 23, 2018

Conway Corp promotes Kemp to Chief Marketing Officer

Conway Corp has promoted Crystal Kemp to the newly created position of Chief Marketing Officer effective April 5, 2018. 

As CMO, Kemp will oversee all areas of the company that directly engage customers and will lead and coordinate efforts to launch new products.

“As I began to think about our communications, customer service, business solutions and product development, I realized it was time to add this position to our executive leadership team," CEO Bret Carroll said.

"There is no one better prepared to handle this than Crystal. She will continue to lead our marketing efforts but will also assume responsibility for leading our customer service, ad sales and local programming areas.”

Kemp started at Conway Corp in November 2000 as Marketing/Communications Coordinator and was promoted to Manager, Marketing and Public Relations in 2010.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is June 23, 2018

Discover the real value of cable

The entertainment industry is a vital part of the American economy, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we spend less than five percent of our entire household budget each year on recreational activities.

For the average American household, that’s about $3,000 a year so it’s important to get the most for your money. Compared to many other types of entertainment, cable TV is a great value. Conway Corp starter cable lets you enjoy nearly 100 channels plus access to TV Everywhere for only $2.37 a day – that’s less than your morning latte.

Consider other types of available entertainment. Seeing a movie in town on a weekend night costs $9.50 per person. Take a family of four and that’s $40 for two hours of fun before you even take a trip to the snack bar. With cable, you could watch a newly released movie and the same family of four and the same two hours would only cost 20 cents.  

According to Statista, the average concert ticket is $74.25, and the average NFL ticket is up to $92.98. You pay more for three hours of entertainment to see your favorite band or player than you would pay for a month of cable to see your favorite stars and shows – which often includes sports and music offerings.

Some of the first cable services ever delivered broadcast TV channels in Arkansas in 1948. By 1990, cable TV boasted a robust 79 networks, and consumers ended their day on the couch in front of the television. Today, times have changed and entertainment means something different. We live in a highly-competitive video marketplace where entertainment is no longer confined to the living room. Cable is a whole lot more than just the TV.

With TV Everywhere, we no longer have to sit at home, gather in front of the TV and wait patiently for our favorite shows to come. Apps turn nearly every device we own into a TV screen so we can watch what we want, wherever we are, on the schedule we choose. We have access to live programming that can stream directly to a tablet, computer or smartphone. We can watch our favorite shows and even store our programs in the cloud to watch later. Apps deliver thousands of hours of programming and make TV an anytime, anywhere experience.

Best of all, this streaming service is completely free with your cable subscription. You can watch the big game live across town or across country with no worries. You also get to watch your favorite shows without waiting. Most content airs exclusively on cable or on cable first. If you prefer streaming, you get the best of both worlds with cable.

Cable TV provides more content choices at a better price. Want to watch an Emmy award-winning movie or the Super Bowl for less than 30 cents each? Cable’s video platform is a creative canvas where the world’s top writers, directors and actors are producing cinema-quality programming that is dominating the awards circuit and the TV ratings – and you can have it all for $2.37 a day. To learn more about Conway Corp cable or to set up your free TV Everywhere account, call 450-6000 or click here.

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