City Utilities of Springfield’s Gas House Gorillas and Mad Tappers Win the 2012 National Gas Rodeo

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MEA and the National Gas Rodeo are proud to announce that the 2 person team Mad Tappers from City Utilities of Springfield (Missouri) and the 4 person team Gas House Gorillas also from City Utilities of Springfield (Missouri) are the 2012 National Gas Rodeo champions.

MEA and the National Gas Rodeo are proud to announce that the 2 person team Mad Tappers from City Utilities of Springfield (Missouri) and the 4 person team Gas House Gorillas also from City Utilities of Springfield (Missouri) are the 2012 National Gas Rodeo champions.

Keith Napier, managing director for Piedmont Natural Gas and National Gas Rodeo committee member says, “This was truly a national event. We had 41 highly skilled teams from all over the United States; teams came from New York to California, South Carolina to Idaho, and many points in between. Each team gave it their best and the Rodeo committee is extremely proud of all of them.”

The 4 person team Mass Destruction from Piedmont Natural Gas (North Carolina) set a world record in the Pipe Cut, completing the event in 13.03 seconds. Their record was short lived as only thirty minutes later, Explosive Limit from Colorado Springs Utilities (Colorado) broke the record with an amazing 12.89 second pipe cut. Piedmont Natural Gas’ (North Carolina) team, Ignition Source, set a new world record for the 2 person Hand Dig, coming in at 18.45 seconds.

Champion Team Rosters:
2 Person, Mad Tappers: Dana Underwood and Ben Snider, and alternate, Adam Joy.
4 Person, Gas House Gorillas: Brian Biehl, Randy Duckworth, Will Wilson, Jeremy Garrison, and alternate, Steve Holt.

2nd Place
2 Person, Mayhem from Alagasco (Alabama)
4 Person, Gas House Gang from Laclede Gas Company (Missouri)

3rd Place
2 Person, Wreckin Crew from Alagasco (Alabama)
4 Person, Under Construction from Southern California Gas Company (California)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The 19th Annual National Gas Rodeo will take place on Saturday, September 21, 2013 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.
About MEA:

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.

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