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The Tarheel Electric Membership Association, Inc.

TEMA, a material supply organization, began as the brainchild of 26 member cooperatives that combined their efforts to purchase materials, equipment and supplies at competitive prices. Formed in 1975 and opened for business in January 1976, today TEMA’s modern warehouse contains 112,000 square feet of storage space. To ensure economy, 24-hour service, and on-time delivery, supplies are shipped by common carrier and contract haulers. TEMA maintains a multi-million dollar inventory to respond rapidly to customer needs. Materials on hand include:

  • Protective equipment: arresters, cutouts, switches
  • Conductor: primary overhead, underground, secondary
  • Transformers: three-phase and single-phase
  • Hardware
  • Insulators
  • Meters
  • Crossarms
  • Plant construction and maintenance materials

In the event of a storm or other emergency, TEMA goes to work immediately to direct materials and crews to where they are needed. Cooperatives respond with teamwork, sending their crews and equipment, if necessary, to help other cooperatives.

For more information about TEMA, visit TEMA's website at www.TEMA.coop or
call 1-800-662-7598.


TEMA Board Officers

District 1
Joseph Joplin, Rutherford EMC

District 2
John Lee, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative

District 3

Bertice Lanier, Four County EMC

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