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Given that INTREN’s normal work includes storm disaster response, it shouldn’t be surprising that INTREN started its COVID-19 preparation even before the virus had a name. We began briefing our nearly 2,000 employees on social distancing and other steps to prevent virus transmission in January, when total U.S. cases were in the single digits. In addition, more than five years ago, INTREN reviewed and enhanced its business continuity plans.

Currently, INTREN is focused on maintaining the health of our employees and working closely with our utility partners to help them perform the essential work needed to keep our communities and country safe. We recognize that the everyone’s physical well-being and the long-term health of our communities depends on the local utilities’ ability to continue to maintain critical electrical and gas infrastructure services during this emergency, and that local utilities have relied on INTREN for more than 30 years to assist them with that work.

As cities and states implement ‘shelter-in-place’ and shutdown directives, INTREN, as an exempt workforce, is committed to doing our part to help keep needed services intact. INTREN’s IT, HR, and legal teams, supported by a leadership team experienced in health and weather emergencies, are working continuously to address elements of the COVID-19 situation as it evolves.

INTREN’s business model calls for us to be an expert in dealing with catastrophe. We respond to hurricanes, fires and other serious events that can be chaotic. We know how to adjust and overcome, because we know the risk, we are well-trained, and we take pride in helping people. So, as the world deals with a pandemic, INTREN continues to move forward because we know our industry is critical to the safety and well-being of everyone.

Bryce Hubbard West CrewMore than 65 INTREN overhead crew members have been on emergency storm work in response to severe winter conditions that pummeled the Northern California Sierra Region recently. Our utility customer has commended us for being great leaders with solid crews that work extremely hard and do so, safely. A business owner in the region was also grateful to our team.

“I'd like to express my sincere thanks to your field crews working up here in Dorrington, California. This snowstorm was a real catastrophe, and they have braved falling trees and ice, not to mention a pandemic, to help us get back on our feet. I met (General Foreman) Bryce Hubbard today, and I want to personally thank him and his crew for working with the utility to restore power to my home and business. They are true professionals and they treated us right.” -Ben, Business Owner

INTREN’s Bryce Hubbard would like to give the credit to his crew - Foreman Brandon Erickson, Journeymen Linemen Jeff Howell, Scott Moye, and Ben Lapka. “Their craftsmanship, attention to detail, and compassion for customers are what makes these things happen.”

We are extremely proud of our California lineworkers who are working diligently to restore essential power, on top of an already difficult situation.

The team holds the Ameren Eagle awardINTREN has been awarded the Ameren-Contractor Eagle Award in recognition of exceptional safety and quality performance. This was the third time the Indiana/Illinois Transmission and Vegetation team (2010, 2015, 2019) has won this coveted award and the second year in a row that the Missouri team has been recognized.

"A huge congratulations to Jon Grant, JR Lockhart, Doug Curlin, Collin Niemerg and the entire Transmission and Vegetation Management workgroups for their commitment to safety even in the most difficult terrain worked on a daily basis,” said Regional Vice President, Andy Carmean. “Their hard work and dedication are appreciated!"

Andy, along with Operations Director Jon Grant, accepted the award for the Indiana/Illinois team, while Superintendent Joe Bath accepted the award for Missouri. Both teams brought INTREN crew members to the award ceremony.
Tyler and Kelly in front of an Intren truckCEO Kelly Tomblin and Safety Director Tyler Herdendorf are heading to Las Vegas! Both are featured panelists at North America's largest construction tradeshow being held this week. Tyler will be part of the “Seasoned But Not Too Salty: Young Leaders Discussion” being held on Tuesday, while Kelly is participating in the “Widening Your Workforce: Executive Lunch Forum” on Friday.

#OutPerformingEveryday
Celebrating a Centennial of Women's PowerOur own CEO Kelly Tomblin is #leadingchange in the Energy Industry, alongside other powerful women in Washington DC. Recently, she participated as a panelist at an event called "Celebrating a Centennial of Women's Power" led by Illinois Commerce Commissioner Sadzi M. Oliva.

"Women are actively changing the face of energy. We are finding our authentic selves and our truest voice while accepting and using our inherent strengths. Most importantly, we are learning to trust and support each other like never before. There has never been a better time to be part of the Energy Industry," said Kelly.

INTREN sponsored the event along with Exelon, Edison Electric Institute, Stephenson Schroeder Ltd and ReedSmith.
Sean Liming's Winning Photo

Congratulations to California Inventory Supervisor Sean Liming for recently placing among the "Top Finalists" in WEI's winter magazine's cover photo contest. Sean is an extraordinary photographer who truly captures the essence of the vital work that line workers do every day. Keep capturing those stunning people and places near and far. We are proud to see your work! You can see all the amazing photos in the WEI magazine at https://bit.ly/2ToUUko.
The Safety Team

On January 29th and 30th the OH&S department met for their annual Safety Roundtable in Rosemont, IL. Safety Professionals from every Business Unit met to discuss the company’s 2019 performance, 2020 goals and initiatives and to establish best practices across for each customer.
The OH&S department is made up of individuals with different backgrounds and experiences that are working together to bring a collaborative approach to reducing incidents and creating a safer workforce.

Guest speakers included: Mark Lies - OSHA and Labor Attorney, Vito Manzella - Briotix Health, and Dave Hood - Emergent Safety Supply
Justin Frisosky and John DickinsonHats off to Justin Frisosky and John Dickinson on their recent completion of INTREN's Green Hard Hat program. Both men are apprentices out of IBEW Local 2 in St. Louis, and have been with INTREN since September of 2019.

Our Green Hard Hat program is designed to provide additional oversight for employees that may be new to Intren work procedures. Crews focus on safe work practices and communication so that our workforce develops skills that they can pass on to the next new hire.

Congratulations to Justin and John!

Intren in BerkeleyThe ENR California Top Specialty Contractors rankings are in! INTREN ranked as the #4 contractor in the Golden State and #29 (up from #30) overall. Congratulations to our Concord team!
 
You can view the full specialty contractor list at https://www.enr.com/california/toplists/2019-Top-Specialty-Contractors
 
By Sector at https://www.enr.com/articles/48194-californias-2019-specialty-firms-see-growth-in-private-sector-projects

While there is no shortage of programming throughout the Chicagoland market, one of the most-listened-to business programs features Ji Suk Yi, host of WGN Radio’s popular Wintrust business news program. This week, the popular program host interviewed INTREN CEO, Kelly Tomblin on INTREN’s continued pursuit of diversity in the workplace. Tomblin was featured in Segment 2 (4:31) of the programs 4 segment schedule discussing a range of subjects impacting businesses nationwide.

Click here to listen to the interview on WGN!

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