MEA’s 19th Annual National Gas Rodeo

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You won’t find any horses, bulls, or cowboys at the 19th National Gas Rodeo. What you will find are shovels, gate valves, pipe cutters, gas meters and elite gas crews from across the United States. The intense competition and camaraderie of the National Gas Rodeo offer competitors an opportunity to showcase their skills and professionalism. 

  The annual event is administered by the Midwest Energy Association (MEA), with the support of the American Gas Association, the American Public Gas Association and the Southern Gas Association. 
  This year’s event, held September 13-15, at  Moody Park in Fairview Heights, IL – home of the National Gas Rodeo — has grown to include more than 30 teams and more than 400 spectators.
  Teams having the lowest combined Qualifying Events and Relay scores become the champions.  A 2 person and 4 person team champion is named after each Rodeo.
  This year’s 2 and four person team champions are from City Utilities of Springfield, MO. The company’s Gas House Gorillas, made up of captain, Brian Biehl 
along with Randy Duckworth, Will Wilson, Jeremy Garrison and alternate Steve Holt claimed the 4 person championship, while the Mad Tappers team of Captain Dana Underwood, Ben Snider and alternate Adam Joy took the 2 person championship.
  The winners included: 
  • 2  Person Meter Set – 1st Place, Alagasco, Mayhem
  • 2 Person Pipe Cut – 1st Place, City Utilities of Springfield, Mad Tappers
  • 2 Person Service Install – 1st Place, City Utilities of Springfield, Mad Tappers
  • 2 Person Hand Dig – 1st Place, Piedmont Natural Gas, Ignition Source
  • 2 Person Relay – 1st Place, Alagasco, Mayhem
  • 4 Person Meter Set – 1st Place, Piedmont Natural Gas, Mass Destruction
  • 4 Person Pipe Cut – 1st Place, Colorado Springs, Explosive Limit
  • 4 Person Service Install – 1st Place, Colorado Springs, Explosive Limit
  • 4 Person Hand Dig – 1st Place, Colorado Springs, Explosive Limit
  • 4 Person Relay – 1st Place, City Utilities of Springfield, Gas House Gorillas
  MEA was founded as a trade association more than 100 years ago by visionary distribution utilities in the Midwest to improve safety and efficiency. Utility companies nationwide benefit from MEA’s industry roundtables, operations conferences, and other events. Members collaborated to develop EnergyU, the world’s premier online training and testing system for the gas and electric utility distribution industry.
 
Premier Sponsor 
Case Construction Equipment was again the premier sponsor of the National Gas Rodeo. Since 2007, Case has been the exclusive provider of loader/backhoes and compact excavators for the event, which showcases preferred safety practices and efficient use of equipment in natural gas installations. 
  “Case loader/backhoes and compact excavators are integral for utility and infrastructure projects across the United States, so we are returning for our third year to be the exclusive provider of loader/backhoes and compact excavators for this legendary rodeo competition,” said Katie Pullen, Case brand marketing manager. “This is a great opportunity to get the best operators in the utility and gas industry behind the controls of Case loader/backhoes and compact excavators.”
  “Case loader/backhoes and compact excavators dig deep, move heavy materials, leave a light footprint and provide precise underground operation,” Pullen said.
  For additional information on the National Gas Rodeo, visit www.nationgasrodeo.org.
  For Case loader/backhoe and compact excavator product specifications and more, visit www.casece.com.