â€śWe are enormously proud but not the least bit surprised that our employees performed so well at this regional competition,â€ť said John Bilda, General Manager of NPU. â€śThe talent demonstrated by these individuals at the NEPPA Lineworkers Rodeo is developed over years and years of dedicated service on behalf of our customers.â€ť
The rodeo consists of six events: hurt man rescue, obstacle course, transformer change-out, speed climb, dead-end 5kV single phase relocation, and rope toss.
NPUâ€™s Team One, comprised of Linemen Jeff Burgess, Mike Sumner and Will Maxeiner was the eventâ€™s overall champion and placed first in four of the six events: hurt man rescue, obstacle course, transformer change-out and dead-end 5kV single phase relocation.
NPUâ€™s Team Two, with Scott Smith, Tom Holmes, and Graham Andruskiewicz, also performed very well, placing third in the obstacle course, and dead-end 5kV single phase relocation.
The rodeo is designed to enhance skills and job knowledge, foster strong working relationships, and encourage teamwork while providing a better understanding of utility work for the general public.