Back in the early 1960s, utility workers were charged with selecting the location of a new service center for the growing Omaha Public Power District.
The OPPD Papillion Service Center opened in 1965. That’s the year OPPD doubled its service area, going from 2,500 square miles to more than 5,000 square miles with the merger of the Eastern Nebraska Public Power District.
And some may have scratched their heads with the selection of a 20-acre site at 96th Street & Giles Road, fully surrounded by farmland. But the planners were spot on, as the center proved to be a strategic location in an area that steadily grew.
The city of Papillion has grown from its 1960 population of 2,235 to more than 22,000 today. The area has a strong economic base that’s been able to maintain a small-town charm.
Today, the Papillion Center is one of four such service centers that serve the OPPD territory. Other centers are located in Syracuse, Elkhorn and Omaha.
And despite the weather conditions, the trusted OPPD service vehicles continue to roll out onto gravel and paved roads, keeping power flowing to a wide area.
The video above talks to some of the employees who have contributed to the center’s success.