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Technical Specialist

Phone: (512) ***-****  
Email: r***@***.us
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
12100 Interstate Highway 35 North
Austin , Texas 78753
United States

Company Description: TCEQ's Small Business and Local Government Assistance (SBLGA) program offers a free Site Visit program to help you comply with state and federal environmental laws....   more

Employment History


  • Bachelor of Science degree , Mechanical Engineering Technology
    Texas Tech University
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Russell Nettles holds a ..., 29 June 2007 [cached]
Russell Nettles holds a photograph of the first fireworks stand he operated 27 years ago.He now owns Russell's Fireworks Kingdom, a 6,000-square-foot, air-conditioned super store.
Click here to view a larger image.Torin Halsey/Times Record News
Russell Nettles, owner of Russell's Fireworks Kingdom, loads up Joe Lindeman's purchase Monday morning.
Nettles is in his 27th year of selling fireworks.His store offers more than 400 different types of pyrotechnics.
Russell Nettles is the King of Pop around these parts.
Actually, he refers to himself as the Firecracker King of Wichita Falls.
One look inside his 6,000-square-foot building sitting on two acres of land just outside of Wichita Falls on Highway 79 backs the statement up.His Russell's Fireworks Kingdom is lined from the floor to the ceiling - about 16 feet high - with some 400 different types of fireworks.
The 1985 Petrolia High School and 1991 Texas Tech graduate has sold thousands and thousands of fireworks since he was a youngster, but his favorite - One Great Mother - was named after his mother, Patsy Hodgkins.
The One Great Mother is a "500 gram cake" that has 16 firing tubes."It is a great firework," he said.
Nettles said he talked with the Chinese manufacturer a few years ago and had the special label put on the fireworks because she is "the hardest working mother in the fireworks business."
Russell's Fireworks Kingdom is a family affair.He said his mom and dad, John Hodgkin, along with his sister, Donna McDavid, operate the business.He said his sister has been coming in from her home in Gainesville, Fla., for the past couple of years to help out.
While Nettles is proud of his facility, which is totally enclosed, with 20 tons of air-conditioning and 16 ceiling fans, he said the key to his success has been his family's involvement and the 50 to 60 loyal employees.
"Mom has helped all along," he said."My sister started coming in 2005," he said.
Nettles was born in Stark, Fla.His family moved to Petrolia, his mother's hometown, when he was about 3 years old.He has lived in Austin 14 years, where he is an environmental engineer for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Nettles said he was about 6 when he became fascinated with "firecrackers."
"My dad bought me some firecrackers one Fourth of July," he said.
After the fellow sold the store, Nettles rented a little stand across the street in 1983.The youngster pocketed $1,000 for his efforts that Fourth of July.
"It was good money for a high school kid, for 11 days work," he said."But it was hot in there."
The following year, he set up shop in his folks' front yard.It was a tiny little stand that he operated through New Year's Eve 1999.
He then bought the land and a house where his business has been since 2000.It originally consisted of a 40-foot portable building.The following year, he added a container stand.Then came another in 2002, and then he opened a "family pack stand" in 2003.The 6,000-square-foot structure was built in 2004.
Nettles said the house on the land is used as an office.It also has a kitchen and bathroom, he pointed out.
Nettles said 95 percent of his customer base is repeat business.He attributes that to his facility and his employees.
"If I get them out one time, they are coming back," he said.
AIChE | September 2013 Workshops | Serving Chemical Engineers in the Greater Houston area, 1 Sept 2013 [cached]
Speaker: Russell Nettles, Technical Specialist, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
Russ Nettles joined the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in 1994 as an Emissions Inventory Specialist in the Emissions Assessment Section (EAS). From 2000 to 2009, Russ was a Team Leader for one of the EAS point source emissions inventory teams. Russ is now a Technical Specialist in the Emissions Assessment Section of the Air Quality Division. Russ is a 1991 graduate of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. For three years, immediately prior to working for the TCEQ, Russ worked for a stack testing company, traveling throughout the contiguous United States, where he performed various Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California Air Resource Board (CARB), and TCEQ stack sampling methods.
Times Record News file photo ..., 15 June 2015 [cached]
Times Record News file photo Russell Nettles, owner of Russell's Fireworks Kingdom says this year will offer safe conditions for shooting fireworks because of all the recent rainfall.
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Times Record News file photo Russell Nettles, owner of Russell's Fireworks Kingdom holds one of the signs he produced to inform people about fireworks regulations. He said this year should be very safe for shooting fireworks because of all the recent rainfall.
WICHITA FALLS, Texas - Of the past 36 years that Russell Nettles has been in the business of selling fireworks, he said this year may have the best conditions he's seen for the Fourth of July season.
Nettles said he has long been the "preacher of safety" when is comes to fireworks.
He created hundreds of signs will be posted around the county notifying people that it is illegal to shoot off fireworks on public roads.
Nettles also is sending out more than 400,000 flyers outlining fireworks safety regulations.
Russ Nettles, Texas ..., 12 Sept 2014 [cached]
Russ Nettles, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Flare Study Update - Russ ..., 1 July 2013 [cached]
Flare Study Update - Russ Nettles, May 16, 2013
Russ Nettles Technical Specialist in the Emissions Assessment Section of the Air Quality Division in TCEQ's Chief Engineer's Office Topic: TCEQ 2010 Flare Study Update
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