Basin Electric float nearly ready for 4th of July parade in Mandan

Designer Ryan Lang (left) and Lead Surveyor Matt Weeks help assemble Basin Electric's 4th of July float on June 6.

Designer Ryan Lang (left) and Lead Surveyor Matt Weeks help assemble Basin Electric’s 4th of July float on June 6.

Basin Electric’s 4th of July float is nearly complete, and volunteers say the cooperative can be proud once the finished product hits Main Street in Mandan.

“It went well,” says Manager of Civil Engineering Duey Marthaller, who oversaw the project. The float is expected to be completely finished June 13.

Marthaller says the float includes three main layers: the structure’s base represents Basin Electric as the power supplier of the co-op system, the middle tier exemplifies Touchstone Energy distribution cooperatives, and the top identifies the consumers at the end of the line.

“We’re trying to show that Basin Electric serves our members,” Marthaller explains.

Other features include a model wind turbine that will be mounted on the structure, along with neighboring transmission towers strung together with metallic-like rope.

Building the float has been a bonding experience for Marthaller and his team of engineers.

“We were organized and had some good people helping,” he says. “It’s always fun getting together with people that you work with.”

Employees and their families can still sign up to walk in the parade. To register and find additional information, click here: http://events.SignUp4.com/mandanwalkers. The link will be active until 5 p.m. on June 12.

Senior Civil Engineer Dave Erickson (left) and Civil Engineering Supervisor Scott Wiseman gather pieces for assembly.

Senior Civil Engineer Dave Erickson (left) and Civil Engineering Supervisor Scott Wiseman gather pieces for assembly.

Engineering Document Coordinator Tiffany Bailey paints while Senior Civil Engineer Dave Erickson (front left); Myron Steckler, generation resource project manager; GIS Technician Alan Dale (front right); Civil Engineer Shane Vasbinder (back left); and Civil Engineer Cory Bauer (back right) move one of the wooden levels that will make up the float.

Engineering Document Coordinator Tiffany Bailey paints while Senior Civil Engineer Dave Erickson (front left); Myron Steckler, generation resource project manager; GIS Technician Alan Dale (front right); Civil Engineer Shane Vasbinder (back left); and Civil Engineer Cory Bauer (back right) move one of the wooden levels that will make up the float.

Senior Administrative Assistant Shawnel Huber paints a box tier.

Senior Administrative Assistant Shawnel Huber paints a box tier.

Basin Electric employees stack the three tiers. Team members expect the float to be completed June 13.

Basin Electric employees stack the three tiers. Team members expect the float to be completed June 13.

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