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UGI to hire 100 to replace aging gas pipelines

By , - Last modified: September 20, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Reading-based UGI Utilities Inc. will be adding more than 100 new full-time field construction jobs to support its planned infrastructure upgrades.

Those hired will support the utility’s multi-year $1.2 billion infrastructure initiative that aims to replace cast iron and bare steel gas pipelines with those constructed of more contemporary materials.

The company announced its accelerated plan to upgrade its infrastructure after a deadly 2011 explosion and fire in Allentown that was found to have been caused by a deteriorated pipeline.

“The recruitment process has already begun,” said UGI Utilities President and CEO Robert F. Beard. “UGI’s Human Resources and Operations Departments are working with trade and technical schools within our service territory, and also are participating in excellent programs like Helmets to Hardhats to identify and recruit good candidates for UGI’s field staff.”

Beard said that in addition to working on enhancing current facilities, the new UGI field employees will assist in extending gas pipelines to new customers. UGI has responded to customer requests and has added more than 58,000 customer accounts, including residences, businesses, industries, schools and fleets over the past five years.

Beard said that in addition to the 100 plus field jobs, UGI also plans to add supervisory, management and training positions.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission fined UGI $500,000 for the incident, the maximum allowed by law.

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