Work reunion: Ex-El Paso Natural Gas Co. employees to meet again

Full story: El Paso Times

Six former El Paso Natural Gas employees with a combined total of 153 years service stand in front of the "Blue Flame" building, former home of the longtime El Paso utility Thursday.
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Why didn't the company lay off workers in Colorado Springs or Houston, or did they just make an excuse to phase out the El Paso operation it seem everyone that was from El Paso was let go, if deregulation is going to affect El Paso it's going to effect everywhere so greed profiled El Paso.
Memo medina

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I was laid off in Colorado Springs, and based on what I hear there are very few original EPNG employees left in Colorado and Houston. Bill Wise sold out El Paso and I'm glad he got laid off too.
What did he gain by moving to Houston and Colorado Springs. He wanted to rub elbows with the other gas companies in Houston. In other words he wanted to be just like Ken Lay. Who it turns out was cooking the books. As far as I know this was not the case with EPNG. but Bill wise ego is what destroyed this once great company.
Moses Ayoub

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Thank you to the committee members who worked hard put this reunion together. See you tonight.
Rich Aten

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What a great event to get so many former co-workers back together. One thing I should mention is that the quote by Mr. Medina that "everyone else that went to Houston and Colorado eventually was laid off, too." is most certainly incorrect. I am an employee of EPNG that went to Colorado Springs in 2001, and I still work with the company, and so do most of the other people that came to Colorado Springs from El Paso. In my department alone, over half of the people who came from El Paso still work for the company in Colorado Springs, and most of those who do not retired (not laid off). Mr. Medina and others in the article fondly remember a company that demanded perfection and inspired pride, and then say that that company they remember no longer exists. I beg to differ. The company of the same name today is one that I am proud to work for, and one who values it's employees as critical assets. It's unfortunate that large companies sometimes have to make tough decisions like El Paso did in the 90's and again twice in this decade. I salute those who came before me and helped create the culture of excellence at my company, but they should all know that those of us who remain still strive to carry the banner of excellence that they so fondly remember.
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Nov 12, 2010
 
You are certainly correct in how you feel. Please notice that the newspaper quoted several employees. Don't base your opinion of all of us on the quote of one individual who apparently has not gotten over it and moved on.
Rich Aten wrote:
What a great event to get so many former co-workers back together. One thing I should mention is that the quote by Mr. Medina that "everyone else that went to Houston and Colorado eventually was laid off, too." is most certainly incorrect. I am an employee of EPNG that went to Colorado Springs in 2001, and I still work with the company, and so do most of the other people that came to Colorado Springs from El Paso. In my department alone, over half of the people who came from El Paso still work for the company in Colorado Springs, and most of those who do not retired (not laid off). Mr. Medina and others in the article fondly remember a company that demanded perfection and inspired pride, and then say that that company they remember no longer exists. I beg to differ. The company of the same name today is one that I am proud to work for, and one who values it's employees as critical assets. It's unfortunate that large companies sometimes have to make tough decisions like El Paso did in the 90's and again twice in this decade. I salute those who came before me and helped create the culture of excellence at my company, but they should all know that those of us who remain still strive to carry the banner of excellence that they so fondly remember.
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You are certainly correct in how you feel. Please notice that the newspaper quoted several employees. Don't base your opinion of all of us on the quote of one individual who apparently has not gotten over it and moved on.
Rose Baquera

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Rich Aten wrote:
What a great event to get so many former co-workers back together. One thing I should mention is that the quote by Mr. Medina that "everyone else that went to Houston and Colorado eventually was laid off, too." is most certainly incorrect. I am an employee of EPNG that went to Colorado Springs in 2001, and I still work with the company, and so do most of the other people that came to Colorado Springs from El Paso. In my department alone, over half of the people who came from El Paso still work for the company in Colorado Springs, and most of those who do not retired (not laid off). Mr. Medina and others in the article fondly remember a company that demanded perfection and inspired pride, and then say that that company they remember no longer exists. I beg to differ. The company of the same name today is one that I am proud to work for, and one who values it's employees as critical assets. It's unfortunate that large companies sometimes have to make tough decisions like El Paso did in the 90's and again twice in this decade. I salute those who came before me and helped create the culture of excellence at my company, but they should all know that those of us who remain still strive to carry the banner of excellence that they so fondly remember.
Thank you for your kind words regarding our reunion. I have to say this was, for me, a dream come true. The committee had as much fun putting this together as it was for everyone who attended. It gave me great pleasure to see everyone enjoying each other's company -- and THAT's what this was all about!!

I'm sorry if some just can't seem to move on, as it was and still is a fabulous company!

There's a possibility of another reunion in about a year and I hope those of you who didn't attend because you're still upset "at the company" come to grips with "who" you're really angry at!
Most of us were laid off right along with you and all we wanted was to see YOU, our friends, and focus ONLY on the good times.

I believe that most of us used the training tools that EPNG provided us to find good jobs after the lay off. I know that I was blessed to have found a new home with wonderful people here at UTEP and have nothing but good things to say about EPNG. I pray for those who are now gone and embrace those of my EPNG friends who are still with us!!
LUPE YZAGUIRRE

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Had a great time at the reunion seeing and talking with old friends. I was one of the lucky ones that was not let go and was able to retire. so I am thankful to epng for that. But at the time of the layoff, it was hard and it hurt to see our friends and co-workers walking out of the building and we lost touch with a lot of them. The reunion brought us back together and it was a fun night. Rose Baquera and the organizing committee tried but
could not get the reunion information out on a timely basis,therefore a lot of ex-employees did not attend. So for the next reunion, all ex and present EPNG employees, should contact Rose and furnish telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. Pass the work around. Thank you, the committee, for a good job!!!
Rose Baquera

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Nov 15, 2010
 
Moses Ayoub wrote:
Thank you to the committee members who worked hard put this reunion together. See you tonight.
Moses: thank you for attending our reunion. It's our attendees who make the event successful! Stay in touch and look for another in about a year.
Manny Sanchez

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Nov 15, 2010
 
The event was an unbeleivable experince in that it brought many wonderful friends back together to celebrate many memories! I was one that went to Houston and retired in Dec of 1998 after 30 and 1/2 years with EPNG and EPGM. They were wonderful years and yes it was sad to hear of many good co-workers that were asked to leave in 1996. Those who attended the celebration on Nov 5th enjoyed visiting and remembering how good it was to work at EPNG. I want to thank Rose Baquera, Rosie Thiebeaux, Terry Mercado, Memo Medina, Lupe Yzaguirre, Jimmy Melver and all of the others who made this happen. I look forward to the next celebration and hopefully we can have many more to attend. My Hat off to Art Cano and Lupe Yzaguirre for the great Golf outing that we had at Painted Dunes and Vista Hills GC. Friends are special and there were many special friends that made me remember why I enjoyed working at EPNG from February 9, 1968 to December 18, 1998!!!! Thanks again, Manny Sanchez.
LUPE YZAGUIRRE

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Nov 19, 2010
 
Lets try this again. There were other people that made the EPNG reunion a success, namely, Billy Townes and Six Pac, whom furnished the music. Also, lets not forget Sunland Racetrack and Casino and their staff. The staff and cooks did a great job. the ribs and brisket were so good, wish I could have been able to eat more.
To all past and present EPNG employees that did attend, besure to tell all your friends to furnish Rose Baquera with their phone numbers and e-mail addresses for future contact. The next one should be even better.
Rose Baquera

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Apr 27, 2012
 
Well it's been two years and we're gearing up for yet another reunion of EPNG alumni. I've been getting emails from friends who were unable to attend the last reunion. Date is set for July 28th and we hope to see many of you once more.
write to epng2010@hotmail.com if interested.

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