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Engineering News-Record (ENR) has named INTREN ENR Midwest’s Specialty Contractor of the Year. Announced July 31st, 2015, INTREN was selected for the award by the regional magazine for their revenue growth, outstanding work within the industry and charitable contributions.

“After years of incremental growth, [INTREN] nearly doubled its revenues between 2011 and 2014. Last year, revenues soared by 25%, another breakthrough for the firm,” said John Gregerson, the editor of ENR Midwest. “[INTREN’s] growth has come as a result of several key alliances and initiatives, as well as a culture that promotes training and development… For those and many other reasons, ENR’s network of regional editors has named INTREN ENR Midwest’s Specialty Contractor of the Year.”

ENR Midwest’s regional editors’ final decision was based on INTREN’s work on ComEd’s Smart Grid Program, their 24/7 Emergency Storm Response and Restoration initiatives, and involvement in the Peoples Gas Modernization Project.   It noted in their consideration, INTREN’s involvement in the CONSTRUCT program which helps provide training to minorities interested in obtaining careers in the construction industry, their involvement in the formation of their own POWER Group (Promoting Of Women in Energy Roles), as well as their support over the years of numerous local and nationwide charities.

“Being selected as the recipient for this award starts from the ground up. This honorable distinction within our industry begins with the men and women in the field and offices whose hard work and determination everyday sets INTREN apart,” said Lance Rosenmayer, INTREN’s President. “INTREN is extremely proud to be named ENR Midwest’s Specialty Contractor of the Year and looks forward to continuing to lead by example within the utility industry.”

INTREN will be profiled in the September 28th edition of ENR Midwest. ENR Midwest is a print and online publication that serves Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and eastern Missouri, providing news, features and information about all facets of the development, design and construction marketplace. For more information on the award or to view the blog article, visit Midwest.construction.com.

Culture is a fundamental attribute to INTREN’s daily structure and success. It is no surprise that our employees exhibit the “OutPerforming Everyday” energy that pumps through the walls of our INTREN offices. Our very own Tim Ayers, Director of Safety & Quality, wrote an article demonstrating his stance on culture and how our company’s strong culture is often impressive to others in the Tree Care Industry Magazine. Tim explains how while everyone one may come with their own sense of culture, those who are truly success are the ones who can not only adapt to our culture, but adopt it as their own.

It is our supportive employees and our engrained culture that allow us all to be successful as an organization.

To read more of Tim’s article, please visit http://tcia.org/digital_magazine/tci-magazine/2015/08/index.html#?page=70
making history awardsOn June 3rd, Loretta attended the Chicago Historical Society’s 21st Annual “Making History Awards” at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago.  Of all the events Loretta goes to, this consistently stands out as one of her favorites, partly due to the profound and compassionate individuals that surround the event every year. This year, five distinguished leaders with deep ties in their communities were honored for their accomplishments.

Of the five award winners, one really stuck out in Loretta’s mind. Fritzie Fritzshall, a holocaust survivor, received “The Bertha Honoré Palmer Making History Award” for distinction in Civic Leadership.  Fritzshall, along with other survivors, worked to found the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center located in Skokie, IL. While most acceptance speeches thank those who supported them along the way, Fritzshall’s was vastly different. She thanked the man who saved her life many years ago when she arrived at Auschwitz at 13 years old.

In her speech, she explained a horrifying anecdote about when she was taken to Auschwitz. As her train pulled up, a prisoner came aboard to pick out the strong to go to labor. He came up to her and said “Say you are 15, you hear me? Say you are 15.” As she was ushered off the train, she did as the man said and reported her age as 15. While she was directed to one line into the camp, she watched as her mother and brothers were taken to the gas chamber. It was at that moment when Fritzshall realized that the man who whispered those fateful words into her ear had saved her life.

Fritzie Fritzall went on to talk about when she moved to Skokie, IL. While she thought she had escaped the dark times of her past, she was sadly mistaken. In the 1960’s, a group of Nazi’s chose to organize marches throughout Skokie, which had a large Jewish population. The audience was awed by Fritzshall’s message about her time at Auschwitz and having to view the very group that put her there march in the streets of Skokie.

Upon hearing Fritzshall’s story, Loretta recalled some of her own memories of those marches. Having worked at a Montessori school near Skokie, Loretta remembers the pain and hurt these demonstrations brought throughout the Jewish community.  While everyone was disgusted with this group’s audacity to march with such a hateful message, the police had to protect them. The first amendment gave them every right to peacefully march. To support their neighbors, many wore stickers of the Star of David, which Loretta still keeps to this day.