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Jump River Electric

Jump River Electric Cooperative (JREC) is a non-profit electric service provider for rural communities across six Wisconsin counties, including: Barron, Chippewa, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, and Taylor. Their mission is to provide reliable, safe, sustainable, and affordable utility services to the communities they serve. JREC supports economic development in their service territory, and they partner on projects that benefit the local communities.

JREC invites you to discover the Cooperative Difference where their customers – business, residential, and agricultural – are their member-owners. From grassroots development initiatives to existing business expansion, entreprenurial development, and new business attraction, their team is here to assist you in applying for a rural economic development loan.


Low interest rate gap-financing may be available through Jump River Electric Cooperative to support qualifying business or community development projects.

Eligible Projects and Applicants

  • Business/Organizations (for profit, non-profit, commercial, industrial, retail, distribution, agricultural processing, land, buildings, machinery & equipment)
  • Community Facilities (infrastructure (sewer, water, streets, rail), business/industrial parks, fire/EMS buildings & equipment, libraries, community centers)
  • Health Care & Education (hospitals, clinics, assisted living, child care)

Financing Terms

  • Amount – determined on a case-by-case basis by the cooperative board of directors; based on the project and specific loan program requirements
  • Rate – typically ranging from 0% to below prime interest rates
  • Term – maximum of 10 years
  • Security – adequate security as determined by the cooperative board of directors

Application Process

  • Contact Jump River Electric Cooperative at 715-532-5524 to discuss your project and begin the loan application process.

Financial Packaging Assistance

  • Based on the unique attributes and needs of your project, we will also work to connect you with the right mix of resource providers, including: local financial institutions, local, state & federal economic development incentives, and local, state & federal loans and loan guarantees.

JREC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Canadian National

Canadian National Railway

We are fortunate to have two rail lines to serve business, both operated by Canadian National.  The lines intersect in Ladysmith, and all communities in the County are situated on one of these lines.  The North-South line is one of the busiest in the Country and provides access from coast to coast, and international ports.  The East-West line was rehabbed in 2012 – west of Ladysmith – with over $30 million in improvements, to serve the frac sand industry.

Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy is the electrical service provider for most of the communities and industrial properties in the County.  In addition, they are part of Rusk County’s Green Energy Portfolio. The utility operates 3 hyrdo dams in the County, all on the Flambeau River, with a combined generation capacity of 12 MW.  Xcel is a great partner to business and are able assist companies in expansion and start-up efforts.



Since 1963, Artisans has been designing and producing the very best in apparel right here in Rusk County. Their work continues today utilizing the latest in technologies, from sublimation to laser embroidery.  A homegrown company, started by the Dukerschein family, it originated on their family farm.  It grew over the years on the farm, and then relocated and helped start the Glen Flora Industrial Park.

Clearwater Paper

Dunn Paper

The Dunn Paper – Ladysmith Mill (formerly Clearwater Paper Corporation manufactures paper using recycled materials. They are the largest provider or private label tissue to retail grocery chains and a world-class manufacturer of high-quality bleached paperboard.