What would you do if you had 10,000 pounds of 42 in. piping? Why, give it away of course! And that’s exactly what Rockies Express Pipeline did with the leftovers of their construction on a natural gas pipeline running between Colorado and Ohio; they gave every bit of it away to Midwest Technical Institute’s welding students.
Company donates leftover pipe to MTI’s welding classes
$7,500 worth of material could help students diversify skills
By BLAKE TOPPMEYER
THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER
Posted Jul 22, 2009 @ 12:40 AM
The forklift at Springfield’s Midwest Technical Institute had some heavy lifting to do Tuesday.
Rockies Express Pipeline donated an estimated $7,500 worth of pipe that will be put to use in future MTI welding classes.
Much of the donated pipe is 42 inches in diameter and was left over from the construction of the natural gas pipeline that runs from western Colorado to eastern Ohio and includes a portion passing through southern Sangamon County between Auburn and Chatham.
“To have the access to 42-inch pipe like this is pretty unusual. We know that institutions like this are struggling to have access to things like this,” said Allen Fore, director of community relations for the pipeline.
“If this is a little thing that we can to do to assist them with growing their skills and to have access to materials they typically would not have access to, we’re happy to do that.”
Several MTI welding students and a couple of instructors were present to accept the donation. They unloaded some of the smaller pipe off the trailer by hand, but the larger pieces required the forklift. Fore estimated the total weight of the donated pipe to be about 10,000 pounds.