COLUMBIA, Mo. (Sept. 17, 2019) – Columbia residents Robert Hillerman, Trevor Brockman, Brandon Safranek and Trenton Marshall-Isom and Fulton resident Levi Mealy aren't your typical rodeo champions, but that won't stop them from competing in the National Gas Rodeo in Kansas City this weekend.
Ameren Missouri is sending two teams to compete against the best of the best. The National Gas Rodeo is similar to the Olympics of the natural gas industry where gasmen from across the country compete to prove they are the greatest and safest in the industry.
"Our commitment to safety is second to none. The communities we serve should be proud to know that every time we visit a customer to change a meter or repair a leak, we provide excellent and safe service every time," said Pamela Harrison, director of gas operations for Ameren Missouri. "This competition simply highlights the great work we do every day."
Hillerman, Brockman, Safranek, Marshall-Isom and Mealy will compete under the team name Troubadours coached by Chris Dixson, gas operations supervisor in Columbia. All members are gas mechanics out of Ameren Missouri's Columbia operating center.
Teams compete in qualifying events such as the meter set, service installation, pipe cut and the hand dig. Judges score the teams based on speed and attention to detail.
About Ameren Missouri
Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company's electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri's mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 127,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. The company's service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit Ameren.com/Missouri or follow us on Twitter at @AmerenMissouri or Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.