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Columbia REA to Close Dayton Office

Management offices will be consolidated at the Walla Walla Service Center


November 9, 2017

WALLA WALLA – The Columbia Rural Electric Association announced on Tuesday that it will close its Dayton office and consolidate its offices at the Walla Walla Service Center. Closure of the Dayton office is expected on or before April 1, 2018. There was no indication of what the use of the Dayton office building, located at 115 E. Main St., will be in the future.

In a press release, the non-profit cooperative said that the action is a cost-saving measure. “While we realize this might be inconvenient to some of our members, with the rising cost of doing business, it was determined that there would be considerable financial savings in consolidating the two offices,” the release said.

REA says that approximately 58 percent of its members now access their accounts and pay their bills online, and that number continues to grow.

According to the release, Columbia REA will continue to operate its Patit Road service center near Dayton.

“The savings that will be generated by this move will help ensure that CREA can continue to serve our members with the lowest cost electricity possible,” the REA press release said.


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