SOURCE: Midwest ENERGY Association

June 05, 2012 13:15 ET

Natural Gas Teams Invited to Compete at the 2012 National Gas Rodeo

EAGAN, MN--(Marketwire - Jun 5, 2012) - MEA is happy to announce that the 2012 National Gas Rodeo will take place in Fairview Heights, Il from September 13-15. Ray Plummer of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE) is presenting two safety training courses "D.R.I.V.E., Defensive, Respectful, I=you, Vigilant, Everyday" and "Stray Voltage" on September 14.

The men and women who work in natural gas distribution are integral parts of our everyday lives. They keep our homes warm in winter and keep our water hot. They are 'unseen heroes' who take pride in their jobs and doing the work safely. The National Gas Rodeo gives them an opportunity to shine and to discuss innovative and safe ways to do their jobs with others in the industry.

Emphasizing safety, the National Gas Rodeo offers complimentary safety training courses for all attendees. Ray Plummer will instruct attendees on the D.R.I.V.E. method for preventing collisions. Plummer will also instruct the stray voltage course. The potential for stray voltage for gas workers is real and can kill or injure. This course talks about safety procedures to avoid becoming a statistic. Plummer instructs all SDGE field workers on ergonomics and performs Smith System driver training and evaluations. Prior to working for SDGE, Plummer played professional baseball for the Montreal Expos.

The National Gas Rodeo is expected to draw teams from utilities across the nation that see real value in letting their crews put themselves to the test. These companies believe that participating in the National Gas Rodeo can play an important role in developing a mindset and skill-set of excellence and professionalism.

The National Gas Rodeo thanks all their sponsors for supporting this event including, Case Construction Equipment and Val-Tex the premier sponsors. Without our many sponsors this event would not be possible.

For more information go to or contact Janelle Murphy at (651) 289-9600 x109,

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 delivery electricity and natural gas to homes and businesses. 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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