• Pipeline expansion: Company beefs up workforce
     | June 10,2013

    Vermont Gas Systems will hire 14 people to support its plans to expand natural gas availability in the state.

    The company said it will fill a variety of positions, including technicians, dispatchers and customer service representatives.

    The jobs will support the company’s operations in Chittenden and Franklin counties as well as the proposed natural gas pipeline extension to Addison County and the International Paper plant in Ticonderoga, N.Y.

    The company currently has more than 122 employees.

    “Today Vermont Gas employees provide high-quality, cost-effective energy services to our 45,000 customers in northwestern Vermont,” said Don Gilbert, president and CEO of Vermont Gas.

    Gilbert said the company is making “large investments to bring the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas service to more Vermonters beyond Chittenden and Franklin counties.”

    The proposed pipeline extension from Chittenden County has run into opposition from some residents along the proposed corridor. Last month, Middlebury College students presented a petition with 1,400 signatures asking the college administration to rescind its support for the Addison Natural gas Project.

    Phase 1 of the project is being reviewed by the Public Service Board.

    Gilbert said the new jobs will meet both current and future needs.

    “In the future, when we extend natural gas service further to Rutland, we expect to hire additional staff,” Gilbert said.

    The company is promoting natural gas as a less expensive and cleaner alternative than fuel oil and propane.

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