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This April marks the tenth annual National Safe Digging Month, reminding residents to always call 811 before any digging project. National Safe Digging Month is formally recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and has traditionally earned the support from nearly every state governor across the country.

When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to the local one call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, paint or both. Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck and planting a tree or garden are all examples of digging projects that should only begin a few days after a call to 811.

“As April marks the traditional start of digging season, we are using this month to strongly encourage individuals and companies to call 811 before they begin digging,” said INTREN Executive VP of Operations and Business Development Matthew Turk. “By calling 811 to have the underground utility lines in their area marked, homeowners and professionals are making an important decision that can help keep them and their communities safe and connected.” 

The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.

INTREN encourages area residents to visit www.call811.com for more information about digging safely.

INTREN’s Commercial & Industrial and Midwest East Electrical make seven departments in seven months to achieve one year incident-free


Intren works on underground projects near Wrigley Field in 2016In the past seven months, INTREN has documented seven departments who have reached one year without any significant safety or operational incidents, a rare milestone within the energy industry.

"The performance success we are experiencing is a result of listening to field and office employees, then implementing common sense measures developed together to create a safer work environment," said Director of Safety and Quality Tim Ayers. "We are turning our long-held INTREN vision into a safety culture that can be witnessed on our jobsites from coast to coast."

Starting with communication, INTREN has successfully improved crew members' interactions on the jobsite and throughout the company. Changes were made to reduce the size of safety meetings to increase engagement and focus on specific work-type challenges, as well as establish a streamlined approach for crew members to collaborate and execute on innovative ideas. The daily job brief was improved using our employees' ideas to create more open conversations about jobsite hazards and an ability to list barriers they plan to use.

INTREN also developed a more detailed and targeted safety training matrix that identifies three critical aspects:

  • INTREN-developed

  • Customer-specific

  • OSHA-required

In 2016, we implemented our new Safety Net audit tool, which incorporates our list of industry-wide issues we need to be focused on to ensure work is completed in the safest manner and at the highest quality. This new tool allows easy entry of all our findings with an ability to run and share reports that target our improvement needs real time. "It is certain that no one change has created this type of performance; rather, it's the culmination of all our initiatives that has helped us get to this point," said Executive Vice President of Operations and Business Development Matthew Turk. "By listening to our employees' needs and fulfilling them, our entire company has embraced our safety culture." 

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Team INTREN at the Polar Plunge!It was a sunny but cool day on Sunday, March 5th, when our very own INTREN Icicles team of 12 along with the ComEd Coolers 'plunged' into Lake Michigan for Special Olympics! Hosted by Special Olympics Chicago at Chicago's North Avenue Beach, the Polar Plunge fundraiser encourages participants to run into Lake Michigan to raise money to benefit approximately 6,800 athletes from Special Olympics Chicago. In its 17th year, this year's Polar Plunge exceeded their fundraising goal of $1.5 million with the ComEd Cooler's teams of 670+ members raising over $270,000 alone!

For those that joined in to #MakeASplash be sure to share the great photos with friends and family and let them know you were "freezin for a reason"! To show Special Olympics Chicago's appreciation, there is no cost to download these images but they do ask that you share them along with a link to your fundraising page. Please click here to view your Chicago Polar Plunge photos!

Congratulations to everyone for making the morning such a huge success for Special Olympics Chicago and to everyone that braved the cold water and 'took the plunge'!! 


An attendee plays INTREN's touch screen game at ASA ChicagoINTREN's Commercial Industrial team exhibited at the ASA Chicago Construction Expo & Safety Conference March 7th at the Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace, IL. General contractors and safety professionals tested their acute ability with INTREN's renowned "Safety Game"! Not that we noticed, but it was a woman (out of a sea of men) that was the game's high scorer of the day!

ASA Chicago is the most recognized association for subcontractors within the construction industry.

As Storm Stella unleashed her fury and 10+ inches of snow in the Chicagoland area on Tuesday, March 14, the transmission team led by General Forman, Andy Taft, stood up to her blustery blizzard conditions to kick off their job. Wreaking havoc with AM commuters and delaying hundreds of flights, it was business as usual for the INTREN team, in spite of very tough, white-out conditions.

INTREN was given a 3-day outage to complete the job, which was to re-conductor 1 span of 1113 ASCR with 1033 ACSS/TW to get higher clearance over a building under INTREN customer’s 138 KV Line.  The line ran parallel with another line, which was to remain hot during the job. 

Besides the weather, the job had its challenges. The line ran through the entrance and parking lot of a company’s major transportation hub in Chicago.  INTREN had to allow access to the fueling station and buildings, while maintaining protection for the company’s workers. 

The poles were light dead-end mono poles installed in the late 60s and they had to be extra cautious to support the arms during the work, so there was no damage to them.  The new wire was installed using high-temp compression dead ends and all new hardware.   It provided better clearance on the building and brought the line in to compliance with NERC standards.

The desire to make sure INTREN provided the customer with the best product and on-time was shown in the work the INTREN team did.  The foremen showed great leadership with their crews to make sure they and the public was safe.  The crew finished early and was able to open the parking lot back to the transportation company, who thanked INTREN for the great job they did and their professionalism.

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INTREN’s EVP of Operations and Business Development Matt Turk and Business Development Director James Althoff mingle with a few political powerhouses at the annual McHenry County Lincoln Leadership Dinner this past Saturday in Crystal Lake, IL.

The event, held by the McHenry County Republican Party, included attendees Illinois’ Governor Bruce Rauner, Illinois State Senator Pam Althoff and Illinois State Representative Nick Sauer (all pictured).

The honored guest was Captain Rtd. Thomas Frosch, a United States Navy, Blue Angels Captain & Pilot.

Intren with Illinois Governor Bruce RaunerIntren gathers for a group photo at Illinois Leadership Republican Dinner

Team INTREN stands outside of their new office in Middle River, MDIn February, INTREN’s growing Gas Department moved into their new office in Middle River, Maryland, a northwest suburb of Baltimore. There to welcome 6 new crew members and check out our new 'digs' was Matthew Turk Executive Vice President, Operations and Business Development, Doug Anderson Account Manager, Adam Vos Project Manager, Jeff Nauman Vice President Gas and Ben Foder Assistant Project Manager. 

A helicopter removes utility polesRecently, INTREN’s Midwest overhead crews safely removed 120 utility poles over a 4.5-mile stretch in the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve in Lockport Township. The utility poles were removed to enable the utility company easy access to the newly located poles so as not to disturb the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly Habitat located in the preserve.

The original project plan from the utility customer detailed removing all the poles by helicopter to limit intrusion to the endangered dragonfly habitat.  Upon further review of the original plan, the INTREN overhead management team suggested a revised plan to also utilize rail equipment to limit ground exposure in the sensitive habitat, to increase overall efficiency and to reduce project duration to meet permit constraints. The customer approved the revised plan and INTREN crews implemented it. Leading the project for INTREN were Assistant Project Manager Ryan Kasten, General Foreman Aaron Dyer and Senior Project Manager Bill Nightingale. 

Of the 120 utility poles to be removed, three quarters of the poles were removed by Hy-Rail equipment (equipment mounted on the tracks), while the remaining poles were removed by helicopter.  For the utility pole locations not reachable by rail, INTREN crews accessed them on foot -- via environmentally friendly paths to avoid sensitive rivulet areas -- in order to climb the poles to install conductor dolly blocks and remove the existing wire.  The poles will be cut at ground level so as not to disturb the rare dolomite prairie habitat located in the preserve.

Crews transported the removed poles to an area outside of the environmentally protected area, where they were stripped down and chopped for recycling, lessening the impact to the environment. 

Construct ProgramAs a founding construction industry member of ComEd’s CONSTRUCT program, which kicks-off its 5th year this week, we at INTREN are excited to be part of the team of the 31 construction industry companies, three local utilities and seven social service agencies in the Chicagoland area.  This year marks the largest class to date – 90 participants will go through a 9-week job training program that provides the training and skills needed to compete for entry-level jobs in the construction-related industry.  Visit INTREN’s YouTube page to see more on CONSTRUCT or read more about CONSTRUCT in ComEd’s recent press release.

Certified woman-owned businesses attended a Women's Business Development Center and WEC Corporate Partner event - Teaming for Contracts: Creating Collaborative Partnerships to Grow Your Business exclusively for established businesses. Wisconsin businesses interested in leveraging their certification with major corporations and government agencies to access contract opportunities were offered the opportunity to learn about forming profitable partnerships to grow their business at this event.

Presenting at the meeting and sharing their story on how they joined forces to improve their bottom line and to begin to change the face of construction were our very own Founder & CEO, Loretta Rosenmayer and Trice Construction President & CEO, Stephanie Hickman.

Hosted by Jerry Fulmer, Vice President - Supplier Diversity with WEC Energy Group, Jerry also provided valuable information about their supplier diversity program initiatives to the captive audience, which included INTREN Account Manager Brenda Gunnink.