A team of Delaware Electric Cooperative linemen competed at the International Lineman’s Rodeo on October 19th, testing their skills against some of the top line workers in America. DEC Linemen Philip Collison, Michael Layton and Dave Morgan proudly represented the Co-op at the competition held near Kansas City, MO, often referred to as the Super Bowl of linemen events.
The three-man team placed 19th in the overall competition out of 248 teams from around the world. This is the first time Delaware Electric Cooperative linemen qualified to compete at the international competition.
According to Co-op President and CEO Bill Andrew, “The entire Co-op family is incredibly proud of our team. They represented Delaware extremely well and should be honored to be among the best linemen in the nation. It’s a tough job and our crews have consistently shown they are up to the task.”
Collison, Layton and Morgan took home top honors at the Gaff-N-Go Lineman’s Rodeo held in May near Richmond, VA and they were named the overall competition winner among Mid-Atlantic electric cooperatives.
The team competed against dozens of other teams in competitions testing their ability to quickly climb utility poles and replace electrical equipment 40 feet in the air. Co-op linemen Jake Hudson, Dave Mabrey, Jon Pentoney and Dylan Shockley also participated in the May competition.
According to Collison, “We were excited to make it to an event where people from all around the world will be competing. It was rewarding to do so well in the competition and we hope we made Delaware proud.“