Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is December 12, 2017

Fifth annual poster, essay & video contest

Electricity powers our lives. We rely on it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to support the life we enjoy from personal appliances to business machinery. Conway Corp has been powering our community since 1929, and we’re proud to provide a dependable and reliable service to our friends and neighbors.

As essential as it is to our everyday lives, electricity is often taken for granted. Plug in a cord, flip a switch, turn a knob – it’s always there. We all rely on a growing number of appliances every day but rarely recognize and appreciate the value of electricity.

Consider a chargeable gadget like your cell phone, the clock radio that jolts you awake or the TV that brings you the latest news. The water heater that keeps your shower hot and the refrigerator that keeps your soft drinks cold. The automatic sprinkler system that keeps your lawn green and the toaster that turns your bread a crisp, golden brown. The washing machine that sends you off in clean clothes and the automatic garage door that welcomes you safely home – it’s all powered by Conway Corp.

How do you use electricity every day? Students – show us how Conway Corp powers your life by entering the fifth annual Conway Corp Energy Smart Poster, Essay & Video Contest.

The poster contest is open to students PreK-4th grade in Conway. Students should use their imagination to create a drawing colored with crayons, markers, colored pencils or paints to illustrate the 2017 contest theme, “My Life, Powered by Conway Corp.”

Entries will be judged on creativity and theme representation. Winning posters will be on display in the Conway Corp lobby for Public Power Week in October. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place winners. The classroom of the overall winner will also be awarded $100 in that student’s name along with a Conway Corp pizza party.

The essay and video contest is open to students 5th-12th grade in Conway. Students should submit a typed essay of 500 to 1,000 words or a digital video between 30 seconds and two minutes on the 2017 contest theme, “My Life, Powered by Conway Corp.”

Essay entries will be judged on content and syntax. Video entries will be judged on creativity and production. Winning essays and videos will be featured in October during Public Power Week, and cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place to winners in two age categories: 5th-7th and 8th-12th.

All students PreK-12th grade who live in the Conway Corp service area are eligible to enter. Ask school officials for an official entry form and contest rules or click here. 

Poster and essay entries should be submitted to participating teachers or postmarked to Conway Corp, P.O. Box 99, Conway AR 72033 by Friday, September 15. Essay entries can be shared via Google Docs or emailed. Video entries must be shared via Google Docs. A scanned copy of the entry form plus contact information must accompany all electronic submissions. Please put “2017 Energy Smart Contest” in the subject line.

For more information about the contest including entry forms and complete rules, click here or call 501-450-6000.  

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Today is December 12, 2017

Smith 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 week, Conway Corp would like to recognize Jody Smith who is celebrating 35 years of service to the company and the community. Jody was hired August 11, 1982 as an apprentice in the cable department and was promoted to a Cable Installer/Technician in May 1987. He was promoted in December 1993 to Cable Supervisor and again in December 2000 to CATV Systems Assistant Manager.

In July 2014, Jody was promoted to his current position as the Manager of Conway Corp’s Cable Telecommunication System. As manager, he directs and coordinates the entire operation of the CATV system, including cable, internet, telephone and security installations and field crews.

In addition to Jody, five other employees are celebrating milestone anniversaries of 25 years of service or more with Conway Corp.

CATV Maintenance Superintendent Bob Fason is celebrating 28 years of service; Water Foreman Mike Brakebill is celebrating 28 years of service; Water Systems Senior Foreman Ronnie Davis is celebrating 30 years of service; CATV Senior Project Manager Tony VanPelt is celebrating 32 years of service; and Electric Senior Foreman Henry Mason is celebrating 37 years of service.

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Today is December 12, 2017

Davis celebrates 30 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 week, Conway Corp would like to recognize Ronnie Davis who is celebrating 30 years of service to the company and the community. Ronnie was hired August 20, 1987 as a Laborer in the Water Department and was promoted to Water Systems Foreman in June 1992.

In March 2005, he was promoted to his current position as Water Systems Senior Foreman. As a Senior Foreman, Ronnie oversees and coordinates the activities of utility workers who clean, repair and install water system pipes, manholes, hydrants and valves for the entire Conway water system.

In addition to Ronnie, five other employees are celebrating milestone anniversaries of 25 years of service or more with Conway Corp.

CATV Maintenance Superintendent Bob Fason is celebrating 28 years of service; Water Foreman Mike Brakebill is celebrating 28 years of service; CATV Senior Project Manager Tony VanPelt is celebrating 32 years of service; Cable Systems Manager Jody Smith is celebrating 35 years of service; and Electric Senior Foreman Henry Mason is celebrating 37 years of service. 

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Today is December 12, 2017

Energy Smart Homes feature & benefits

Conway Corp’s Energy Smart program is one of the many ways we’re balancing increasing demands for electricity with our commitment to providing affordable rates while enhancing the quality of life for our friends and neighbors.

We’re dedicated to making homes in Conway energy efficient, and that’s why we created the Energy Smart New Home Program to recognize builders who implement efficiency construction and equipment measures. Recognized builders adhere to stringent construction guidelines, and Energy Smart Homes are proven by the U.S. Department of Energy to be 20 to 30 percent more energy efficient than a standard built home.

Energy Smart Homes combine state-of-the-art energy-efficient construction, windows, appliances and lighting to reduce home energy use as cost-effectively as possible. Energy Smart Homes save energy and money, while being more comfortable and durable.

Homebuyers should consider the benefits of a Conway Corp Energy Smart Home when looking for a new home. Energy Smart Homes perform better for the homeowner and the environment thanks to a variety of features including insulation, high-performance windows, tight construction and ducts and efficient heating and cooling equipment. All homes that receive the Energy Smart designation are independently audited by a Conway Corp energy professional to ensure proper construction and guidelines have been followed.

Energy Smart Home Features

Effective Insulation – Properly installed insulation in floors, walls and attics ensure even temperatures throughout the house while reducing energy use.

High-Performance/Low-E Windows – Energy–efficient windows employ advanced technologies such as protective coatings and improved frames to help keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer while blocking ultraviolet sunlight that can discolor carpet and furnishings.

Tight Construction and Ducts – A tightly sealed home improves comfort and indoor air quality, while lowering utility and maintenance costs. At the same time, sealing holes and cracks in a home’s envelope and in the heating and cooling duct systems reduces drafts, moisture, dust, pollen and noise.

High-Efficiency Heating & Cooling Equipment – Energy-efficient, properly installed heating and cooling systems use less energy and save money. In addition, they’re quieter, reduce indoor humidity and improve the overall comfort of the home.

High-Efficiency Lighting and Appliances – Energy Smart Homes are also equipped with Energy STAR qualified products like light fixtures, fluorescent bulbs, ventilation fans and appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines that reduce overall energy use in the home.

Low-Flow Water Products – Products like low-flow shower heads and toilets conserve water and reduce utility costs.

Energy Smart Home Benefits

Energy Savings – Not all homes are energy efficient. Many builders claim their homes are energy efficient, but Energy Smart Builders have the certification to back it up.

Lower Ownership Cost – Compared to standard-built homes, Energy Smart Homes use substantially less energy, and energy-efficient homes deliver $300 to $400 in annual savings on energy bills. Over the average seven to eight years a homeowner stays in a home, that adds up to thousands of dollars saved on utility bills.

Comfort – Properly installed energy-efficient improvements deliver better protection against cold, heat, drafts, moisture, pollution and noise. Energy Smart Homes ensure consistent temperatures between and across rooms, improved indoor air quality and greater durability.

Peace of Mind – Home buying is complex enough without having to know all the details of energy-efficient construction. An Energy Smart Home easily identifies that it is truly energy efficient.

Independent Testing – Every Energy Smart Home is certified by a Conway Corp energy professional to verify its energy performance and ensure it meets energy-efficiency standards.

Smart Investment –Today, everyone is concerned about managing energy costs. Homebuyers who purchase an Energy Smart Home can be confident it will have highly-valued features when the time comes to sell.

Conway Corp is proud to work with local builders to ensure homebuyers have high-quality, energy-efficient options for homeowners in Conway. Our professionals work with more than 25 companies in the city, including Watson and Watson Construction that was recently named Conway Corp’s 2016 Energy Smart Builder of the Year.

Watson & Watson has built more than 50 Energy Smart Homes and have 21 additional homes under construction for 2017 that will meet the Energy Smart specifications. Look for the Energy Smart sign in front of Watson & Watson properties and other Conway builders for homes that are certified energy-efficient.

Customers interested in learning more about Energy Smart homes or builders interested in building Energy Smart homes can call 450-6000 or click here.

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Today is December 12, 2017

Moore celebrates 30 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 Tracy Moore who is celebrating 30 years of service to the company and the community. Tracy was hired in July 1987 as the Data Processing Manager and was promoted to Accounting Services Manager in October 1996. In February 2012, he became the company’s Accounting Compliance and Risk Management Manager.

In June 2017, Tracy was promoted to his current position as Conway Corp’s Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, Tracy is responsible for directing the organization's financial planning and accounting practices as well as its relationship with lending institutions and the financial community. He also provides leadership and direction for the company’s safety programs, ad sales, marketing, in-house production activities and customer care departments.

In addition to Tracy, seven other employees are celebrating milestone anniversaries of 25 years of service or more with Conway Corp. Wastewater Plant Operator Brent Clark is celebrating 38 years of service; Underground Service Tech Randy Ethridge is celebrating 29 years of service; Wastewater Chief Plant Operator Tilden Fulmer is celebrating 38 years of service; Water Plant Operator Steve Mahar is celebrating 44 years of service; Electric Distribution System Manager Jim Moore is celebrating 31 years of service; Engineering Secretary Liz Nixon is celebrating 37 years of service and Electric Foreman Mark Rowlett is celebrating 32 years of service this month.

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Today is December 12, 2017

Meet Eleise - Your Business Services Expert

Eleise Myers loves technology, people and the city she grew up in.

“I love being able to help people and being able to help their company grow,” said Myers, who is the Commercial Account Executive at Conway Corp. “I take pride in being able to offer big-city technology solutions with small-town local customer service. That doesn’t happen anywhere else.” 

Myers began working for Conway Corp nearly ten years ago as a customer care representative in the company’s call center, and it didn’t take long for her to make an impact on the company and the community. She was soon promoted to her current position and tasked with taking care of the needs of the growing Conway business community.

Myers takes a hands-on approach to helping business owners find the right telecommunication solutions to fit their business needs including internet, fiber, telephone and security. She’s often found triple-checking paperwork, showing up at installations and answering late-night emails just to make sure everything is seamless for the customer. Throw in her infectious laughter, and most business owners are calling Eleise a friend by day’s end. 

“I have a personal stake in what I do – everyone from my child’s pediatrician to my favorite pizza place – they all have our local business services, and I want to see them succeed,” she said. “I’m not just trying to sell you something and then move on. I will be with you every step of the way and beyond. You can be confident when you flip your open sign on in the morning that your services will not only be reliable, but will be the right fit for your business needs.”

Myers said the most rewarding part of her job is the relationships she has created with her customers and in the community over the years.

“I’m lucky I get to go to work every day and serve my community,” she said. “Seeing Conway grow and knowing I have just a small part in that is very rewarding.”

Click here to learn more about Conway Corp Business Services.

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Today is December 12, 2017

Fason 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 Frank Fason who is celebrating 25 years with the company. Frank was hired June 1992 as a laborer and was promoted to utility worker in 1994. In October 2005, he was promoted to water systems technician.

In July 2010, he was promoted to his current position as a senior foreman in the water department. As a senior foreman, Frank oversees and coordinates a crew dedicated to cleaning, repairing and installing all aspects of Conway’s water and wastewater system.

In addition to Frank, four other employees are celebrating milestone anniversaries with Conway Corp. Water Department Senior Foreman Mike Credit is celebrating 40 years of service; Chief Operating Officer Tommy Shackelford is celebrating 39 years of service; Water Systems Designer Keith Cates is celebrating 28 year of service and Electric Systems Senior Engineer Dale Gottsponer is celebrating 28 years of service this month. 

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is December 12, 2017

Take advantage of 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 might not be 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 December 12, 2017

Tracy Moore named CFO

Conway Corp has promoted Tracy Moore to Chief Financial Officer effective June 1, 2017.  

As CFO, Moore will direct the organization's financial planning and accounting practices as well as its relationship with lending institutions and the financial community.

“Tracy has been with Conway Corp for 30 years and his knowledge of our internal business and accounting processes is beyond compare,” Bret Carroll, Chief Executive Officer said. “We have worked side by side on budgets, rate studies and financial audits. I have complete confidence in him.”

Moore takes over the CFO position previously held by Carroll. Carroll was named Conway Corp CEO on June 1, replacing retiring CEO Richard Arnold.

Moore began his career with the company in July 1987 as Manager, Data Processing. He held that position for nine years before being promoted to Manager of Accounting Services and since February 2012 he has been Manager, Accounting Compliance and Risk Management. 

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Today is December 12, 2017

Electric Department promotes Glover, Lock

Conway Corp recently promoted two electric department employees. Journeyman lineman Donnie Lock was promoted to senior substation/relay lineman and journeyman meterman Preston Glover was promoted to senior meterman and journeyman.

In his new role as senior substation/relay lineman, Lock will install, maintain and repair overhead and underground utility equipment. Glover will supervise and perform the maintenance and testing of all electric meters and metering equipment as a senior meterman.

“Donnie and Preston have been valuable members of our crew for decades,” Electric Distribution System Manager Jim Moore said. “They have proven over their career to be a perfect fit in their new positions.”

Lock started working for the company as a part-time employee in 1992 and was hired full-time as a facilities maintenance helper. He has been a journeyman lineman since April 2005.

Glover began his career with Conway Corp as a groundman in 1994 and has spent the last 10 years as a journeyman meterman.  

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