Linemen Rank Third in Nation, Best in Florida
KISSIMMEE, Fla., March 21, 2011 – Kissimmee Utility Authority crews brought home the nation’s third best ranking from the 11th annual Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo in Nashville, Tenn. In addition, they scored highest among participating Florida utilities.
Held in conjunction with the American Public Power Association’s Engineering & Operations Technical Conference, the rodeo featured 55 teams and 77 apprentices from utilities throughout the U.S. who competed in five timed events based on traditional lineman tasks.
KUA’s team took third place in the vertical top pin insulator change-out event and third place overall. First and second place overall rankings went to Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Turlock Irrigation District, respectively – both from California.
KUA’s journeyman team was made up of Chris Ketner, Steve Bray and David Wolfe with Dustin Kelley serving as alternate. Robert Diaz and Billy White competed individually in the apprentice competition. Logan Murphy served as support personnel.
The American Public Power Association (http://publicpower.org) is the national service organization representing the nation’s more than 2,000 not-for- profit, community-owned electric utilities that serve 46 million consumers in 49 states.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent