TAMPA — Local natural gas company MagneGas has a new pitchman: Mike Alstott, the popular former Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback, who went by the nickname A-Train.
MagneGas has developed technology that it says converts liquid waste into a hydrogen-based metal working fuel and natural gas alternative. The firm, in a statement released today, says it hired Alstott to “increase product awareness and promote sales of MagneGas across the U.S.”'¨
Alstott played his entire 12-year NFL career with the Bucs. He's well-known in the area for business ventures and volunteering in the community.
“MagneGas offers me the opportunity to play a key role in helping to further create awareness for a next generation, environmentally friendly company that is expanding its footprint throughout the metal working industry,” Alstott says in the release. “It is my belief that MagneGas is the future in the metal cutting industry as it is a faster and cleaner fuel that is cost effective for our customers. I am confident in the company's growth prospects for the future.”
MagneGas made some changes to its executive team in May, when Ermanno Santilli replaced his father, Dr. Ruggero Santilli, as CEO. The firm is publicly traded over the counter (symbol: MNGA, recent price: 48 cents).