National Grid Celebrates Natural Gas Utility Workers’ Day

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ALBANY, NY – National Grid celebrates Natural Gas Utility Workers’ Day this week by honoring the thousands of employees who work to keep the gas flowing safely for 594,000 customers in upstate New York. The company’s gas operations workers play a pivotal role in maintaining 8,594 miles of gas main across the region.

“Gas Operations employees at National Grid are among the best and brightest out there,” said Robert De Marinis, vice president of New York Gas Operations for National Grid. “They bring their best ideas to every situation, from regular maintenance to emergency response. They operate with the highest level of professionalism and they always have our customers’ needs in mind.”

The company is following the lead of the American Public Gas Association, who chose March 18 to recognize gas utility workers for its historical significance to safety in the industry. It is the date of the New London, Texas school explosion in 1937, which led to the widespread odorization of natural gas and an increased emphasis on gas safety overall.

“National Grid gas employees work each and every day to provide safe and reliable service for our customers,” said Keri Sweet Zavaglia, Vice President of Upstate NY Gas Maintenance & Construction.  “These employees are often unsung heroes. They have difficult and complex jobs that are often carried out in the harshest weather conditions. They work tirelessly to serve our customers and we’re grateful for the dedication they exhibit every day.”

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The company is also a sponsor of the “N.Y. Troops to Energy Jobs Natural Gas Boot Camp”with partners Jefferson Community College, Con Edison, Fort Drum Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program, and the Center for Energy Workforce Development.

The boot camp is a six-week certificate program that provides workforce-ready training for soldiers exiting the military to support their transition to civilian life and work during the final months of their active duty service.

National Grid gas workers operate and maintain gas distribution systems across its New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island territories. These distribution systems safely and reliably deliver energy to consumers for their daily commercial and residential needs.


About National Grid

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.

Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities’ long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization.)

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