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Shaw Electronics closing its doors

Friday, September 28, 2007

Shaw Electronics, 20 E. National Ave., Brazil, will close its doors today at noon. Jason Moon Photo
Duke Energy District Manager Rick Burger confirmed Friday afternoon that the city of Brazil will soon have a new "pay station."

Burger said he found out late Thursday evening that Shaw Electronics, 20 E. National Ave., Brazil, was closing its doors at noon today and will no longer be accepting payment for Duke Energy as one of the company's "pay stations."

According to Burger, contracts were finalized and customers will be able to pay electric bills at Reberger Drycleaners, 113 E. National Ave., Brazil, as early as next week.

He said he received an e-mail Friday afternoon confirming Shaw Electronics was closing and Duke Energy had "obtained a new location."

Burger said the e-mail stated that equipment would be moved to Reberger Drycleaners Monday and customers could hopefully utilize the station as soon as possible.

A phone call to Shaw Electronics Friday confirmed that owner Kay Shaw is closing the business down due to health reasons.

Burger told The Brazil Times Thursday the office in Terre Haute was closing possibly within a year and was part of a "phase out program."

Duke Energy's office in Brazil closed more than two years ago, Burger said. Since then, customers have used Shaw's Electronics as a walk-in "pay station" to pay electric bills.

Once the new station is operational, service representatives will be able to take electricity payments.

Burger said the phase out program the company is undergoing is because of the low volume of customers utilizing offices to pay bills. Hence, the company elected to set up satellite offices or "pay stations."

Burger said there are eight Duke Energy offices located in the state.

Duke Energy itself received confirmation of Shaw Electronics closure Friday morning, according to company representatives.

Officials with the company said a new pay station would be set up as soon as possible, but they said there was not an "exact location" yet.

Shaw Electronics was established in Terre Haute in 1968 and moved its office to Brazil in 1980, according to the 2004 Brazil Times' Year in Review.

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