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JPS Executive, Kelly Tomblin, Named CEO



UNION, Ill., May 15 – INTREN announced that Loretta Rosenmayer, founder and CEO, will become Chairwoman of the Board of INTREN and a new CEO will take the reins on daily leadership. Founding the company in 1988, Rosenmayer has continued to lead a steady course to what has become one of the nation’s leading utility contractors.

Kelly Tomblin, President and Chief Executive Officer at Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd., will become the new CEO of INTREN effective July 10, 2017.

“This evolution comes at an extraordinary time for INTREN”, said Rosenmayer. “Our momentum is strong, and our management team and employees have built an exceptional company that is one of the most trusted and respected in the industry. I’m confident Kelly is ideally positioned for her new role to continue our growth.”

Tomblin was chosen in a competitive selection process from a strong field of candidates. She is a highly impressive and respected executive known for her ability to build diverse, meaningful cultures in a collaborative leadership style. As a recipient of the prestigious 2016 Platt’s Global Energy CEO of the Year award, Kelly topped an impressive list of finalists leading companies in the United States and around the world.

No stranger to the industry, Tomblin brings more than 25 years in the energy industry with experience in both competitive- and vertically-integrated markets throughout the United States, U.K. and Latin America. At the helm of Jamaica Public Service Company since 2012, Tomblin was responsible for introducing several groundbreaking initiatives and developments to the organization. She successfully guided the energy company through a profound transformation and united her employees on one vision: “to lead an energy revolution for the growth and prosperity of every Jamaican”.

“INTREN would not be what it is today without Loretta’s vision, leadership and unwavering commitment to high standards and values,” said Tomblin. “I am honored to lead the INTREN team and continue the progress evolving before me.”

About INTREN:

For more than 25 years, INTREN has been an innovative solution partner, dedicated to building and maintaining the infrastructure of the energy industry. The company’s culture of stewardship guides INTREN to care for others’ priorities as if they were their own. Through an unwavering commitment to safety, integrity, customer focus and employee empowerment, the company has succeeded in offering turnkey services to a long list of satisfied clients. As an industry leader, INTREN is proud to serve many of the nation’s foremost utility companies, private contractors and developers, and municipalities and cooperatives. For more about INTREN, visit INTREN.com.

Laticia Holbert has been hired as Training & Employee Development Manager, a new position to facilitate career development and training strategies throughout INTREN. Holbert’s new role was effective April 17, and she will be reporting to Dale Damon. Her primary focus will be coordinating with various departments throughout the organization to help create, design, develop, implement and facilitate career development and training strategies. This position will specifically focus on career development and training for office personnel but will also support leadership-related training throughout the organization.

Holbert brings more than 15 years of experience in education, training and development. INTREN’s relationship with Holbert formed four years ago with her role as Program Lead for the CONSTRUCT Program. Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty member for University of Phoenix, Colorado Technical University and Ashford University.

Holbert is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BA in Economics and concentration in Business and Computer Science Engineering. She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. Holbert is a highly skilled professional with substantial experience in the implementation, process development and administration of education programs.

INTREN would like to congratulate Bob White on his promotion to the new role, Workforce Training Manager. Effective April 17, White is now reporting to Sean Hughes. His primary focus will be coordinating with field resources to help identify best practices and training opportunities, as well as designing, developing, implementing and facilitating those identified training opportunities.

White brings to the position more than 30 years of subject matter expertise in electric operations. His training experience includes classroom instruction, instructional design, and development and management of the training process.

White started working with INTREN in March of 2016 as a Work Planner, reporting to Bill Nightingale. Prior to INTREN, White held various leadership and training roles at ComEd, including: Senior Specialist, Electric Operations Training/Overhead Transmission and C&M Training Manager, Electric Operations Training. He also served at ComEd as an Overhead Electrician.

Union, IL April 24, 2017 – EY today announced that Loretta Rosenmayer, Founder and CEO of INTREN is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in the Midwest. The awards program, which is celebrating its 31st year, recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Rosenmayer was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 21 in Chicago.

“I am proud to be a finalist for this distinguished award,” said Rosenmayer. “However, no company is run by one person. It is because of our dedicated team that truly outperforms every day that INTREN has grown from my dining room table to one of the leading specialty utility contractors in the energy industry.”

Now in its 31st year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur of the Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur of the Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur of the Year National Awards Gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum™, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

One Year Incident-FreeCongratulations to INTREN’s Fleet and Supply Chain department under Support Services for achieving 1-Year Incident-Free in April. The department successfully completed 365 days incident-free making it the eighth department at INTREN in eight months to reach this remarkable goal, a feat rarely accomplished in the utility construction industry.

The department has two main locations to serve the needs of INTREN’s numerous offices and yards across the country in 10 states and is responsible for providing equipment, tooling and supplies in support of our construction operations.

The Fleet and Supply Chain department includes over 45 union and office employees that perform the following functions: Warehouse and Inventory Management, Vehicle Licensing, GPS and P-Card/Fuel Card Administration, Fleet Repairs and Maintenance, Equipment Procurement and Storm Response support. They are also tasked with recruitment of vendors, subcontractors and national accounts. Currently INTREN has over 1800 pieces of equipment for Fleet to maintain, repair and track, and over $2.5 million in inventory of tools and supplies to manage.

“We are very proud of this accomplishment as working safely is one of our core goals. The folks in Fleet and Warehouse are committed to the discipline needed to work safely and have a strong sense of community where they are concerned for and watch out for one another, “ said Senior Director Supply Chain Pat Williams.

In addition to the Fleet and Supply Chain department, INTREN’s Midwest East Electrical, Midwest Commercial & Industrial, Midwest Central (MWC) Operations Support, Midwest South (MWS) Tulsa department, MWC Boring, MWS Cincinnati Civil Underground and MWC Substation departments reached one-year incident-free in the past eight months.

Congratulations to Pat Williams and his team - Thank you for OutPerforming. Everyday. and being the measure of excellence in our industry!
The week of May 8-12, 2017 is OSHA National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction which raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.  INTREN employees will be participating in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction week by holding safety discussions in a small group appropriate fall protection. Each group should will also review INTREN's Safety Bulletin sent out from our Safety Department and document their discussions on their weekly discussion tool and job brief. 
 
Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities recorded in 2015 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable.
 
OSHA is partnering with key groups to assist with National Safety Stand-Down Week including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), OSHA approved State Plans, State consultation programs, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE), the U.S. Air Force, and the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers. *
 
Don't be a statistic – be aware of your surroundings and always practice safe climbing!
 
*From the OSHA.gov/StopFallsStandDown website.


A shovel goes into the ground.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.