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Ameren to Compete in 2023 National Gas Rodeo
3 Illinois and 6 Missouri teams will represent the company in Springfield, Mo.

ST. LOUIS (Sept. 12, 2023) – Ameren will send nine teams – three from Illinois and six from Missouri – to compete in the 2023 National Gas Rodeo for natural gas workers – a two-day competition, Sept. 14-15, in Springfield, Mo. 

The Gas Rodeo attracts the best natural gas workers from around the country to compete in events based on traditional tasks and skills.

“The Gas Rodeo is kind of like the Olympics for our gas journeymen and apprentices,” said Eric Kozak, vice president of Natural Gas for Ameren Illinois. “It’s all about competing to the best of their abilities in a safe manner. It also gives family members an up-close look at what it takes to do this type of work on an everyday basis.”

“We're excited to have multiple teams from Missouri and Illinois participate in this incredible event,” said Pam Harrison, director of Missouri Gas Operations. “It really gives Ameren a chance to showcase the talent and skill our gas journeymen and apprentices possess, while also providing them with an opportunity to compete against the best of the best."

The events include meter set, service installation, pipe cut and hand dig. 

Meter set: An assortment of fittings, service regulator, meter, meter gaskets and wrenches are in a tote bag. There is a plate/board with two flanges on it for assembling the meter set. Meter set must be assembled to "Rodeo standards," which is wrench tight, level, correct fittings used and regulator is in the correct direction.  Judge's box must be able to be placed over the meter set.

Service Installation: Install a service line with tracer wire from the two-inch plastic main to the service riser bracket. The team will lay out 60 feet of half-inch plastic pipe along with tracer wire in one continuous piece, insert the half-inch plastic pipe and tracer wire through the 20-foot section of two-inch plastic pipe, attach riser to bracket and connect pipe to riser with half-inch Permasert, connect pipe to stub with half-inch Permasert. Once all components are installed above grade according to the "Rodeo standards," the service tee is tapped, the service cap is installed, and the service pipe is purged. The service installation is finished when the riser valve is opened.

Pipe Cut: Six-inch .250 Grade B wall pipe will be cut using only a mechanical 4-wheel cutter with no modifications to the cutter.

Hand Dig: Dig out a 3' x 4' x 3' box filled with a mix of sand and pea gravel. Expose the five green dots painted on the bottom of the box. (Two-person teams will dig out a box 3' x 4' x 18 inches).

Ameren Illinois will have 3 four-man teams representing the following operating centers:

  • East St. Louis – captain Aaron Sanders, Scott Green, Alan Morgando, Cory Modglin and alternate Darian Franklin.
  • Peoria – captain Jonathan Dorich, Colt Foster, Mike Harenburger, Scott Snedden and alternate Dylan Gold.
  • Springfield – captain Justin Langley, Zach Roberts, Jason Bardwell and Lance Alaria.

Ameren Missouri will have 4 four-man teams and 2 two-man teams representing the following divisions:

  • Central
    • Robert Hillerman II, Brandon Safranek, Nic Ditter and Nate Knigge.
    • Brent Gentges and Daniel Jahnsen.
    • Jordan Davis, Blake Carleton and alternate Aaron Gibson.
  • North Central
    • Chad Crawford, Phillip Troesser, Nick Hunter and Jesse Dalbec.
  • Northeast
    • Dan Cushing, Stephen Tedeschi, Jason Johnson, Bryan Wengler and Kyle Dunda.
  • Southeast
    • Rodney LeGrand, Austin Aldridge, Hayden Shovan and Justin McCollough.

About Ameren Corporation
St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation powers the quality of life for 2.4 million electric customers and more than 900,000 natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area through its Ameren Missouri and Ameren Illinois rate-regulated utility subsidiaries. Ameren Illinois provides electric transmission and distribution service and natural gas distribution service. Ameren Missouri provides electric generation, transmission and distribution service, as well as natural gas distribution service. Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois develops, owns and operates rate-regulated regional electric transmission projects in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. For more information, visit Ameren.com, or follow us at @AmerenCorp, Facebook.com/AmerenCorp, or LinkedIn.com/company/Ameren.