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Corn Belt Energy approves MotherLode scheduling software contract

October 9th, 2006 – Grand Rapids, MN — Corn Belt Energy, an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois, has approved the purchase of WorkLode™ Crew Scheduler, software produced by MotherLode North America. “We looked carefully at WorkLode™ Crew Scheduler and compared it with other products on the market,” explained Patrick Griggs, Corn Belt Energy’s Vice President of Electric Distribution. “We even made a visit to northern Minnesota earlier this year to talk with Lake Country Power personnel. They’ve been using this software for more than 18 months, and they’re seeing benefits already.” “We’re very excited about the opportunity to work with Corn Belt Energy,” explained Ed Zabinski, MotherLode’s president and CEO. “Over the past 18 months, our work with Lake Country Power has enabled us to hone a product that electric cooperatives can use to improve their efficiency and reduce costs. In the world of rural electric cooperatives, purchased power is the largest cost of doing business. Keeping those costs affordable to members is a major concern. WorkLode™ Crew Scheduler enables cooperatives to better utilize their line and engineering field crews and the equipment they need.” MotherLode’s Crew Scheduler software provides a simple user interface to schedule field service crews and equipment. The application is built on a centralized data repository, so it works with most combinations of general accounting, customer information and business information system software used in the electric utility industry. “We see the opportunity to eliminate redundant paperwork, improve our efficiency and provide broad visibility of our work schedule to managers and crew members throughout our service area,” added Griggs. “In addition, this system will help us answer member questions and help us communicate job schedules to members accurately. We look forward to working with MotherLode to implement this system.” “We are a technology company that helped an electric cooperative solve a business problem,” continued Zabinski. “People at Lake Country Power, a northern Minnesota cooperative, were the architects for this software. MotherLode’s developers created a software solution that was designed by an electric cooperative to solve an electric cooperative’s problems. We are very grateful to Lake Country Power for their role in getting us to this point, and to Corn Belt Energy for allowing us to demonstrate how the solution works in a different but similar business environment.” About Corn Belt Energy Corporation: Since 1938, Corn Belt has grown to provide energy products to more than 30,000 members throughout 18 central Illinois counties, using over 5,000 miles of line and employing nearly 100 people. Since 1938, Corn Belt Energy’s membership base has changed dramatically from primarily farmers to an ever-increasing number of urban, suburban and commercial accounts. The cooperative retains its rural farm heritage, but serves many new residential subdivisions and commercial areas in Bloomington-Normal as well as in other communities.

About MotherLode North America
MotherLode North America provides technology solutions to streamline business processes. Our primary market focus is the rural utility industry. We provide field service scheduling software; purchasing automation services; database development; and business process review and facilitation services. For more information, visit www.motherlode.biz, or call (218) 327-8870.


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