Solomon Corporation Supports The 2014 Nsujl Linemen’s Benefit Rodeo | Solomon Corporation

October 27, 2014

Here at Solomon Corporation, we’ve been repairing, rebuilding, maintaining, and sellingrefurbished transformers and other parts and components for over 40 years, so we understand the difficulties and dangers that are faced by the individuals who work in the power industry. And it’s because we understand that we help support organizations such as the National Sisterhood United for Journeymen Linemen (NSUJL).

The NSUJL supports the families of linemen, apprentices, groundmen, and operators who have died or been injured in the course of their duties. One of the ways that Solomon Corp. helps support the NSUJL is by promoting and donating to their annual Linemen’s Benefit Rodeo. Through matching funds, Solomon Corp. managed to raise $1500 for the NSUJL, as well as raising money at our local Smoky Hill River Festival with a ring toss game and donating polemount cans for the rodeo.

If you’re not familiar with a lineman’s rodeo, it’s not quite the same thing as the kind of calf-roping, bull-riding events more traditionally associated with the word. A lineman’s rodeo gives professionals in the line work trade an opportunity to show off their skills and compete in a variety of judged categories. The NSUJL Linemen’s Benefit Rodeo in particular provides an opportunity to help raise money to support the organization, and offers a forum for the public to better understand the difficult, skilled, and sometimes dangerous work that goes into erecting and maintaining power lines and equipment.

But the NSUJL rodeo isn’t the only lineman’s rodeo out there. In fact, the 31st Annual International Lineman’s Rodeo & Expo just took place in right here in Bonner Springs. The focus of the International Lineman’s Rodeo is improved safety, enhanced job skills, increased knowledge, teamwork, and developing inter-company relationships. While the events at the International Rodeo are highly competitive, when it comes to safety benefits, everyone is a winner. With more than 100 companies participating, there are always a lot of opportunities for everyone to learn new safety techniques and processes, as well as exploring new tools and equipment that aid in the safe performance of line work.

With the International Lineman’s Rodeo happening right in our own backyard, we at Solomon Corp. were excited to throw our hat into the ring. This year we helped to support the Hurt Man Rescue event, donating 20 polemount transformer cans and paying the $2500 sponsorship fee. We also contributed a $2000 scholarship for family members of linemen, which went to Caleb Pellizzer.

We here at Solomon Corp. have been in this business for a long time, and we’ve gotten to know a lot of the people who work in the field. Their safety is our top concern, and we see causes like the NSUJL and events like the International Lineman’s Rodeo as opportunities to give back to the industry that supports us.