Good news for residents weary of difficulties from power outages, the Lake Region IGA Market has become equipped with a powerful generator. This will allow the store to continue operating after the power goes out, explains James Shook, co-owner.


Good news for residents weary of difficulties from power outages, the Lake Region IGA Market has become equipped with a powerful generator. This will allow the store to continue operating after the power goes out, explains James Shook, co-owner.
During 2011, the region was struck with three significant power outages, all storm related. Many businesses were especially hard hit, including grocery markets and restaurants which have perishable food in stock. Shook said that Lake Region IGA had to close three times, resulting in large food losses.
To counter this, on Nov. 10, Lake Region IGA took delivery of a 475 watt, six-cylinder diesel generator. A huge crane was required to put it on the roof. Shook said that the generator is designed to switch on within 20 seconds of a power loss.
Although he said the generator cost “well over six figures,” the store will be equipped for the next power emergency. The unit is being hooked up, and is expected to be tested the first week of December.