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Essex calls on OEB to pick power supplier and stop holding Sellick Equipment 'hostage'

The company has been waiting for more than a year for the Ontario Energy Board to rule on whether they can stay with their current supplier E.L.K. Energy or if they must switch to Hydro One and accept 45 per cent higher set up costs.

Harrow, Ont. company has been waiting to have electricity at their new facility for more than a year

Sellick Equipment's Ken Thoman stands on the construction site for their new plant, less than 50 metres away from an ELK hydro pole that the Ontario Energy Board hasn't decided can be connected yet. (Rob Heydari/CBC)

Officials from the Town of Essex are pushing the Ontario Energy Board to stop holding Sellick Equipment "hostage" and make a decision on who will provide power to the company's new facility in Harrow, Ont.

The company has been waiting for more than a year for the electricity authority to rule on whether they can stay with their current supplier, E.L.K. Energy, or if they must switch to Hydro One and accept 45 per cent higher set up costs.

The new 120,000-square-foot plant is just down the road from the old location, but is in Hydro One's territory.

Essex Deputy Mayor Richard Meloche said the OEB hasn't even hinted at a timeline for its decision.

Essex Deputy Mayor Richard Meloche. (Dale Molnar/CBC)

"We haven't been told that it's going to be a week, we haven't been told that it's going to be three months or even six months, for that matter, but we do know that they need to make a decision sooner rather than later," he said. "They shouldn't be holding them hostage."

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