Eagan, MN (PRWEB) October 14, 2011
MEA and the National Gas Rodeo are proud to announce that the 2-person team, Gas House Gorillas, from City Utilities of Springfield (Missouri) and the 4-person team, Insane Methane, from Piedmont Natural Gas (North Carolina) are the 2011 National Gas Rodeo champions.
This is Insane Methane’s third win in a row and their last. The team is retiring from the field and will put their efforts into coaching other Piedmont Natural Gas Teams. “Our mind set over the last 3 years has simply been to treat this competition as a marathon and not a sprint. While we were fortunate enough to capture the grand prize we weren’t always as good as other teams on particular events. If we made a mistake, thru being seasoned in competition, we knew not to panic and just simply move on to the next event,” says Jason Hill, team captain. “With that said, none of this would have been possible without an outpouring of support from our Senior Leadership and coworkers at Piedmont Natural Gas. Their support has been phenomenal and greatly appreciated by each of our team members. The camaraderie and fellowship of this competition is what has made this a special event in each of our hearts.”
Champion Team Rosters:
Gas House Gorillas: Adam Joy, Dana Underwood, and alternate, Steve Holt.
Insane Methane: Jason Hill, John Bishop, Terry Marcum, Jason Brown, and alternate, Tom Pressley.
2-Person, Outlaws from Alagasco (Alabama)
4-Person, Gas House Gorillas from City Utilities of Springfield (Missouri)
2-Person, Mayhem from Alagasco (Alabama)
4-Person, Laclede Rodeo Clowns from Laclede Gas (Missouri)
- For the third year in a row Piedmont Natural Gas’, team Insane Methane broke the Hand Dig record for speed, completing the event in 25.01 seconds.
- Rich Muench from Xcel Energy (Colorado) was honored at the Friday reception with the Trail Boss Award for exemplary service, leadership and contribution to the National Gas Rodeo.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The 18th Annual National Gas Rodeo will take place on Saturday, September 15th at Moody Park (Longacre), Fairview Heights, Illinois - home of the National Gas Rodeo. For more information go to http://www.NationalGasRodeo.org or call Janelle Murphy at (651) 289-9600 x109.
The National Gas Rodeo thanks our Premier Sponsors, Case Construction and Val-Tex, our committee members and volunteers without whom we could not do this.
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About the National Gas Rodeo:
The National Gas Rodeo is the proving ground for the elite gas crews from across the United States. The intense competition and camaraderie of the Rodeo offer competitors an opportunity to showcase their skills and professionalism. The National Gas Rodeo is proudly administered by Midwest ENERGY Association and supported by American Gas Association, American Public Gas Association, and Southern Gas Association.
MEA serves the people that deliver electricity and natural gas to homes and business. MEA (Midwest ENERGY Association) was founded as a trade association over 100 years ago by distribution utilities, whose vision was to improve safety and efficiency. Today, utility companies around the globe benefit from MEA's industry learning seminars, operations summits, and other events. Members collaborated to develop EnergyU, the world's premier online training and testing system for gas and electric distribution utilities.