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Mears Group Inc. Participates in New HyBlend Project to Assess Hydrogen Compatibility

Mears Group, Inc. announces its participation in a new research and development project that will address the technical barriers to blending hydrogen in natural gas pipelines at large scale.

The two-year HyBlend Project will assess hydrogen compatibility with pipeline materials and operations and deliver important information regarding long-term impacts. The project is led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory―along with participation from Sandia National Laboratories, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the National Energy Technology Laboratory—and sponsored by DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

More than 30 stakeholders from industry, nonprofits, and academia are also contributing to the project. GTI, a leading independent non-profit organization addressing global energy and environmental changes, is serving as an industry liaison. They will also play a key role in life-cycle and techno-economic analyses that will support publicly accessible tools to characterize the opportunities, costs, and risks of blending hydrogen in the natural gas pipeline network.

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Mears Group, Inc. Earns 2022 Military Friendly® Employer Designation

Mears Group, Inc. announced today that it has earned the 2022 Military Friendly ® Employer designation.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly ® Employer designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. Over a thousand companies participated in the 2022 Military Friendly ® survey.

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by VIQTORY with input from the Military Friendly ® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining an organization’s survey score with an assessment of the organization’s ability to meet thresholds for Applicant, New Hire Retention, Employee Turnover, and Promotion & Advancement of veterans and military employees.

“Mears is proud to be recognized as a Military Friendly Employer for 2022. This recognition is not possible without all of the talented veterans, transitioning service members, spouses and families that bring their unique talents to our organization,” said Vice President of Workforce Development, Stephanie Krabbe.

“Companies earning the Military Friendly Employers® designation create and elevate the standard for military programs across the globe, they have invested in substantive programs to recruit, retain and advance the veterans and service members within their organizations,” said Kayla Lopez, Director of Military Partnerships, Military Friendly ®. “To them, hiring veterans and servicemembers is more than just the right thing to do, it makes good business sense.

Mears will be showcased along with other 2022 Military Friendly ® Employers in the December issue of G.I. Jobs ® magazine and on

Nick Stavropoulos Joins Mears Group, Inc. as Executive Advisor

Brings over four decades of utility industry experience


Nick Stavropoulos joins as Executive Advisor

Mears Group, Inc. is proud to announce that utility industry veteran Nick Stavropoulos has joined the organization as Executive Advisor.

Stavropoulos brings more than four decades of experience to Mears where he recently served as Chief Safety Advisor at NiSource and previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer at Pacific Gas & Electric. Before joining PG&E, Stavropoulos served as Chief Operating Officer for National Grid USA and held several leadership positions at KeySpan Energy Delivery.

“I am pleased to welcome Nick to Mears Group where he brings decades of energy and utility industry experience leading diverse leadership teams responsible for the end-to-end delivery of safe, reliable, affordable and clean gas and electric service to millions of customers,” said Jesus Soto, Mears Group Chief Operating Officer. “Nick is a passionate advocate for safety culture. He will provide critical expertise to Mears in the design and delivery of safe and innovative infrastructure solutions to our gas and electric utility customers as they transition to a clean, resilient energy future.”