Leatherstocking holds vendor expo

BY STACI WILSON

Leatherstocking Gas Company brought members of the public face-to-face Saturday with local vendors that offer natural gas products.

Russell Miller, Leatherstocking Vice President of Marketing said, “We’re giving potential customers and overview of what the utility does, and how to get gas to your house.”

Although the area is rich in natural gas, local residents have not been able to take advantage of the local fuel supply.

Leatherstocking gained franchise approval with the state’s Public Utility Commission and is now laying out plans to bring natural gas to homes and businesses in the Montrose, New Milford, Hallstead-Great Bend and Susquehanna areas in the next few years.

The first distribution lines to be installed soon will hook up “anchor” customers, the new Endless Mountains Health Systems facility and the Montrose Area Jr./Sr. High School.

Miller said Leatherstocking will begin moving into the boroughs of Montrose and New Milford in 2014.

Nearly 200 people attended the event at the high school. The focus of the afternoon portion of the expo was on the vendors, with potential Leatherstocking users being able to estimate the cost of putting natural gas into their homes and businesses.

Leatherstocking is a joint venture between Corning Natural Gas Corp. and Mirabito Energy Products.