Tuesday, March 28, 2017

MLGW spends $76 million with minority, women and local companies

Additional opportunities on tap for businesses at procurement conference
Our Supplier Diversity program reported its highest year-end spending in the 20-year history of the program with roughly $76.4 million – or 33 percent of the utility’s $234 million spend for procurement – to minority, women and locally-owned small businesses (MWBE/LSBs) in 2016.
This marks a $29 million increase from 2015 when the program recorded $47 million – or 37 percent of $127 million – to MWBE/LSBs.
The utility will connect with businesses during its fifth annual Proactive Procurement Conference, March 30, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at MLGW’s Joyce M. Blackmon Training Center, 4949 Raleigh LaGrange Rd. Business owners will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with MLGW project managers, end-users and procurement professionals to preview MLGW’s 2017 contracting and purchasing needs.   
MLGW procurement spending includes the purchasing of goods and supplies, contracts and services outside the company. Those services include such things as construction, lawn maintenance and information services consulting to products ranging from utility wires, gas pipes and computer equipment. The Supplier Diversity program’s spending breaks down to nearly $22.8 million to locally-owned small businesses, $10.9 million to women-owned business enterprises and $42.6 million to minority-owned business enterprises.
“Each year our Supplier Diversity representatives reach out to minority, women and local small companies to determine areas where we can do more business with them,” said Jerry Collins Jr., president and CEO of MLGW. “This is our 20th year of the program and the way we continue to increase our spending each year with MWBE/LSBs reflects our diversity as a company, speaks to our determination to enhance businesses and it has a direct economic impact on the city of Memphis and Shelby County.”
In 2014, MLGW began the Sheltered Market program designed to expand small businesses. This race and gender neutral program shelters any purchase under $100,000 by offering three or more certified local small businesses the opportunity to bid on products or services. A portion of the total spend for the year, the Sheltered Market program also increased an additional $1 million from the year prior to $10.6 million in 2016 and continues to provide growth for local businesses.
MLGW is looking for the following goods and services this year:
Building Construction Contractors; HVAC Contractors; Electrical Contractors; Engineering Services; Training and Development Consultants; Concrete and Asphalt Contractors; Pest Control and Termite Service Providers; Computer Hardware/Software Service Providers; Business Service Consultants; Temporary Employment Providers and Information Services Consulting.

For more information about MLGW’s Supplier Diversity and Sheltered Market programs, visit mlgw.com/supplierdiversity. Register for the conference and view the agenda here.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Honoring our natural gas workers - Natural Gas Utility Workers’ Day: Saturday, March 18

It’s time to celebrate our natural gas utility workers with a special day. Observed for the first time in 2016 by the American Public Gas Association and gas utilities across the US, national Natural Gas Utility Workers’ Day is Saturday, March 18 this year. March 18 was chosen because it was the date of the New London, Texas school explosion in 1937 that led to the widespread odorization of natural gas and an increased emphasis on natural gas safety.

Safety is a vital aspect to natural gas distribution and the employees of distribution companies endeavor to make natural gas delivery as safe as possible. It’s our MLGW gas workers who make this possible, from Engineering to Operations to Distribution and Gas Matrix. They provide one of our most valuable assets, Memphis and Shelby County’s reliable, affordable and safe natural gas service.

One of the major projects MLGW’s natural gas employees have been working on since 1992 is the Division’s 30-year natural gas cast iron pipe retrofit program. MLGW has spent $77 million on this project over the past 24 years to replace more than 330 miles of cast iron pipes with polyethylene or steel pipes. The work is scheduled to be completed by 2022. The retrofit program improves natural gas safety for the public and reinforces our infrastructure for MLGW’s future natural gas service reliability and integrity, and for earthquake mitigation.

MLGW crew leader Terry Lewis and utility workers Devin Owens and Darnell Burton are installing new 200-foot gas service line. They are among 150 natural gas workers in construction and maintenance at MLGW. The company is celebrating Natural Gas Utility Workers Day today. 

MLGW’s 150 gas workers in Construction and Maintenance install gas pipelines, maintain and inspect MLGW’s current gas infrastructure; replace cast iron pipelines as part of the retrofit program; install gas meters; and investigate, address and repair gas leaks with safety always in the forefront. Many other Gas Division employees provide engineering, supply, management, and logistical and clerical support.

“We are dedicating Saturday, March 18, to celebrate the hard work of our natural gas utility workers in this community and across the country,” said MLGW President and CEO Jerry Collins Jr. “MLGW and our customers depend on our natural gas workers to deliver reliable, affordable and safe natural gas service. Safety is a vital aspect of natural gas delivery, and our MLGW gas workers put safety first every day. They deserve a day to be recognized for their hard work and accomplishments. A big ‘Thank you!’ goes out to our natural gas workers!”

On Wednesday, March 16, 2016, MLGW’s Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution recognizing MLGW’s natural gas workers and dedicating March 18 as Natural Gas Utility Workers’ Day to be observed annually by Memphis Light, Gas and Water and the Memphis and Shelby County community.

Natural gas is a low cost fuel currently in abundance. It is also the cleanest-burning fossil fuel. TVA, who supplies electric power to Memphis and Shelby County, is in the midst of replacing the old Allen coal-burning power plant on President’s Island that supplies power to the county. The new power plant will utilize natural gas for its fuel, helping improve air quality in the region and greatly lowering greenhouse gas emissions. For more info on affordable and clean natural gas, follow this link: http://www.nationalfuelgas.com/natural_gas_environment.aspx.

As a way to avoid injuries, Felix Freeman and other utility gas workers in construction and maintenance go through a series of stretches before heading out on their first job.

About 67 of MLGW's utility gas workers in construction and maintenance at the South Service Center pose before going out on their first job assignment of the day. The group gathered at the pavilion to celebrate Natural Gas Utility Workers' Day. 

As a way to avoid injuries, about 67 of MLGW's utility gas workers in construction and maintenance go through a series of stretches before heading out on their first job. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

MLGW Celebrates Natural Gas Utility Workers’ Day on March 18

MLGW will observe national Natural Gas Utility Workers’ Day on Saturday, March 18. This is a time when communities such as ours give recognition to employees who provide a valuable asset by working to provide natural gas service safely and reliably to homes and businesses. 

The annual nationwide event is intended to build public awareness about the hard work done by the employees of natural gas utilities. March 18 is the date of the New London, Texas school explosion in 1937 that led to the widespread odorization of natural gas and an increased emphasis on safety. Safety is a vital aspect to natural gas distribution and the employees of distribution companies endeavor to make natural gas delivery as safe as possible.

A major project MLGW’s natural gas employees have been working on since 1992 is the Division’s 30-year natural gas cast iron pipe retrofit program. MLGW has spent $77 million on this project over the past 24 years to replace more than 330 miles of cast iron pipes with polyethylene or steel pipes. It is scheduled to be completed by 2022. The retrofit program improves natural gas safety for the public and reinforces our infrastructure for MLGW’s future natural gas service reliability and integrity, and for earthquake mitigation.

“We are dedicating this Saturday to celebrate the exceptional work our natural gas utility workers do every day in this community and across the country,” said MLGW President and CEO Jerry Collins Jr. “MLGW and our customers depend on our natural gas workers to deliver reliable, affordable and safe natural gas service. Safety is a vital aspect of natural gas delivery, and our MLGW gas workers put safety first every day. They deserve a day to be recognized for their hard work and accomplishments. A big ‘Thank you!’ goes out to our natural gas workers!”

MLGW looks forward to continuing to bring safe, affordable and reliable natural gas into your homes and businesses. We also hope you will join us in supporting natural gas as a premier energy source for our country. As the cleanest burning fossil fuel, natural gas can help us achieve energy security and build a more competitive economy.


If you would like to learn more about the benefits of natural gas and how your public natural gas system works, contact MLGW Communications and Public Relations at (901) 528-4557.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Southern Women's Show Photos

It was great to see so many visitors at the Southern Women's Show over the weekend. They really enjoyed our photo booth and props, but they especially loved posing with Latasha Peeples, last year's LipSync Plus winner. To find out more about this year's contest, click here: https://lipsyncplus.us.launchpad6.com/.

MLGW 2017 Southern Women's Show

Friday, March 3, 2017

MLGW to Close East/West Lanes on I-40 for Line Maintenance Sunday, March 5

We will close all east and west bound travel lanes on I-40 between Sycamore View Road and the I-40 flyover/Sam Cooper interchange on Sunday, March 5 beginning at 6 a.m.

This closure is necessary to perform maintenance on our existing overhead wireline crossing. The rolling road block will begin at 6 a.m., and should be completed within 30 minutes.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

2017 LipSync Plus Contest Open for Entries



MLGW and MIFA are teaming up again to present the second annual Lip Sync Plus contest hosted by the Hard Rock Café on April 20.

LipSync Plus is a lip syncing competition that pits local celebrities against finalists from the community.

The LipSync Plus contest begins now with an online competition where anyone in MLGW’s service territory can submit their videos to become a finalist. The deadline for online submissions is March 29, and there is no fee to enter.

Contestants can upload their video and find contest rules at lipsyncplus.com. The top four vote getters in the online competition will compete in the LipSync Plus 2017 Grand championship. Prizes include two airline tickets from Allegiant Airlines.

Celebrity competitors are: Kerry Diamon Holliday, star of CMT’s television series Sun Records; Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr.: local radio personality with KJMS and WDIA Stan “the bell ringer” Bell; Cynthia Daniels, founder of Black Restaurant Week, and Leigh Shockey, CEO of Drexel Chemical. There will also be a guest performance by LaTasha Peeples, the 2016 LipSync Plus Community and Grand Champion.  

Celebrity judges include Joe Birch, WMC-TV, Holly Whitfield, I Love Memphis blogger, and Paula Raiford, owner of Paula and Raiford's Disco. Katrina Coleman with the Memphis Comedy Festival will serve as emcee. For ticket and event information, go to lipsyncplus.com

Since 1982, MIFA and MLGW have provided emergency utility assistance for families in need through the Plus-1 program. Plus-1 is funded by MLGW customers who add $1 or more to their monthly utility bills. 
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