2023 PNW Lineman Rodeo a success, with record-breaking attendance

July 26, 2023

2023 PNW Lineman Rodeo a success, with record-breaking attendance

The results are in for the 29th annual Pacific Northwest Lineman Rodeo PGE held on July 22 at Linneman Substation in Gresham. During the event, teams of lineworkers and apprentices from across the West compete in activities that test their speed, safety and trade skills. Eleven Portland General Electric employees competed in exciting events like the Hurt Man Rescue, Transformer Changeout and Pole Climb with Raw Egg. Competition events were held in accordance with strict rules and guidelines with a focus on safety. 

PGE is a proud sponsor of the PNW Lineman Rodeo, as it supports our lineworkers and applauds their training and dedication to the trade. We are committed to investing in the workforce of tomorrow, so for the first time in event history, PGE and other event sponsors awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a student attending the NW VOLTA Line School.

“I am proud of Team PGE and all the teams who showed off their dedication, trade skills, speed and safety to compete in support of the Legacy Oregon Burn Center,” said Ben Felton, PGE executive vice president and COO. “This was my first Pacific Northwest Lineman Rodeo, and the competition was impressive.”

This year's rodeo saw a record turnout of guests and included a barbecue tent, various utility gear vendors, a children's play area and the "tiny" PGE All-Electric Home. The All-Electric Home, which features the latest in energy efficiency, comfort and sustainability, welcomed many guests at the rodeo. The tiny home travels to key events and serves as a showcase for options to electrify your home.  Congratulations to everyone who competed and thank you to all the volunteers and community members who came out to make this year’s rodeo a success. A Special thanks to Joel Wallace, PGE journeyman lineman, who served as rodeo chair this year. Wallace said more than $70,000 in proceeds will be donated to the Legacy Oregon Burn Center PGE.

Competition results:

PGE Linemen (team)

  • 5th overall: Luis Ochoa, journeyman lineman, Salem Line Crews; Charles Palmateer, repairman leadman, Distribution Response; Joel Wallace, journeyman lineman, Salem Line Crews

  • 13th overall: Mason Lantz, journeyman lineman, PSC Line Crews, Dino Mercado, journeyman lineman, Sheridan Line Crews; Roger Thronson, journeyman lineman, Oregon City Line Crews

PGE Apprentices (individual)

  • 1st overall: Doug Fugate

  • 12th overall: Timothy Schmauz

  • 18th overall: Kodey James

  • 34th overall: Stephen Smith

PGE Pre-apprentices (individual)

  • 3rd overall: Tyler Joseph Sims

The official results have been published, and are available for review, 2023 PNW Lineman Rodeo Results PGE.

Left to right: Charles Palmateer, repairman leadman and Luis Ochoa, journeyman lineman Photo credit: Dale Headrick

About Portland General Electric Company
Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company that generates, transmits and distributes electricity to over 900,000 customers in 51 cities across the state of Oregon. For more than 130 years, Portland General Electric (PGE) has powered the advancement of society, delivering safe, affordable, reliable and increasingly clean energy. To deliver on its strategy and meet state targets, PGE and its approximately 3,000 employees committed to partnering with stakeholders to achieve at least an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from power served to customers by 2030 and 100% reduction by 2040. PGE customers set the standard for prioritizing clean energy with the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the country. Additionally, for the fifth year in a row, PGE was recognized by the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index which highlights companies committed to creating a more equal and inclusive workplace. As a reflection of the company's commitment to the community it serves, in 2022, PGE employees, retirees and the PGE Foundation donated nearly $5.5 million and volunteered more than 18,000 hours with more than 400 nonprofits across Oregon. For more information visit PortlandGeneral.com/news.

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