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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.

Tie-dye clad Intren Icicles take the Polar Plunge in 2020INTREN President and CEO Kelly Tomblin and Executive Vice President Matthew Turk led the charge for the 20th annual Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics and Special Children’s Charities. A ‘heatwave’ at a sunny 52 degrees, INTREN was thrilled to join the ComEd Coolers team and support such a worthy cause!

#freezing4areason #OutPerformingEveryday
Matt Turk leads the charge into the icy waters The Intren icicles hit the water

CEO Kelly Tomblin and EVP of Customer Solutions Matthew Turk led the INTREN Icicles charge for the #SpecialOlympicsChicago ‘Polar Plunge’. We are proud to have supported the #ComEdCoolers who raised more than $257,000 for this great cause!
Girl Scouts explore STEM careers with INTREN

Recently, nine INTREN women hosted 45 Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and NW Indiana for an Energy/STEAM Career Exploration Day in INTREN's Franklin Park, IL office. Our team shared information and insights about their jobs and how STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) concepts play a part. Scouts explored our world of energy via interactive, hands-on activities and stories, discussions and question-and-answer sessions.

Girl Scouts try on INTREN safety equipmentAfter the welcome introductions, the Girl Scouts rotated to three different "stations" throughout the morning. Senior Project Manager Mearl Kise-Halsall and Operations Director Sarah Douglas ran an engineering station where girls learned about the importance of safety, tried on PPE, learned the mechanics of electricity and just how diverse our crews' jobs are out in the field.

Procurement Director Deniese Meyer and Equipment Buyer Jennifer Chaffin showed the girls equipment a digger truck and a John Deere 330 skid loader, among other trucks. Marketing Manager Mary Smith and Assistant Marketing Manager Heidi Schmitt explored the importance of having a strong INTREN brand and shared different elements of marketing, promotions and communication.

In the final segment of the event, our volunteer panel shared more about leadership, what they enjoyed about their jobs, and what might help girls find their passion and explore STEAM opportunities while still in school. We closed the meeting by awarding each Girl Scout a custom STEAM exploration patch they earned by taking this learning journey with us.

We were grateful to host our STEAM leaders of tomorrow!

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'!! 

On Monday, the 29th of February, a press conference was held to launch CONSTRUCT 2016 at the National Latino Education Institute (NLEI). On hand to help kick off the 4th year of the CONSTRUCT program were Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO, ComEd; Charles Matthews, President, Peoples Gas; Melvin Williams, President, Nicor Gas; Moderator Elba Aranda-Suh, Executive Director, National Latino Education Institute; Commissioner Sherina Maye Edwards, Illinois Commerce Commission; Jacqueline Y. Collins, State Senator, 16th District; William ‘Will’ Davis, State Representative, 30th District; and Loretta Rosenmayer, Founder and CEO, INTREN. 

Joining the distinguished leaders were representatives from each the 30 construction industry companies that are participating in the program this year - ComEd, Nicor Gas, Aldridge, Asplundh, Burling Builders, Cathodic Protection Management, Inc., Choctaw-Kaul, David Mason & Associates, Groundhog Utility Construction Inc., HBK Engineering, Henkels & McCoy, INTREN, Inc., Lindblad Construction Company of Joliet, LiveWire, Meade, Milhouse Engineering & Construction, Inc., MJ Electric, MZI Group, Nash Brothers Construction Company, Osmose Utilities Services, PMI Energy Solutions, LLC, Trice Construction Company, The Roderick Group, The Will Group as well as labor organizations - IBEW Locals 9, 15, 134, 196 and the Laborers’ District Council; as well as the 6 participating community agencies are ASPIRA of Illinois, Austin Peoples Action Center, Chicago Urban League, National Latino Education Institute, Quad County Urban League and the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago.

With these impressive attendees it was clear to the student participants that the CONSTRUCT Program is strongly supported by top leaders and members of the Energy Industry.  As the speakers took the podium it became clear that this program is both powerful and focused.  “Some of the students came in with apprehension” said Loretta Rosenmayer, “but left with hope and excitement showing on their faces.  We know there may be sacrifices that these students will have to make to be successful in this program, but we want them to know that everyone involved in the CONSTRUCT program wants them to succeed, that the program was created to offer them an opportunity they did not have before and that we welcome them to the construction industry.”

CONSTRUCT is powered by an alliance of companies, social services, and labor unions that are committed to removing barriers to help students. CONSTRUCT has the support of 16 construction companies, 11 engineering construction and management / locating companies and 6 participating agencies. One of the great accomplishments this year is having three of Illinois’ largest utilities giving their full support - Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas and ComEd. 

With a desire to help the communities in which the utility companies serve, Cornell Burnett, Director of Government & Legislative Affairs, ComEd and our very own Matthew Turk, Executive Vice President, with the full support of INTREN and ComEd launched the CONSTRUCT Program in May, 2013.  CONSTRUCT is an 11 week program that offers more than sixty students each year the training, information and guidance needed to compete for a good paying entry level job in construction related fields. To date, about 150 students have participated in the program and nearly 80% have been offered jobs.  In the past three years INTREN has hired 10 CONSTRUCT students.

The 2016 Chicago Flower & Garden Show is all about inspiring, educating and motivating the next generation of gardener. Whether in a backyard, kitchen or rooftop, this is where green lovers and families go to discover ideas while having fun.

On Friday, March 11th, the 2016 Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier kicked off with Evening in Bloom, the exclusive preview event of the show benefitting The Trotter Project. A springtime tradition in Chicago, Evening in Bloom heralds the arrival of the planting and growing season in a beautiful, inspirational style. The theme of the 2016 Chicago Flower & Garden Show, CHICAGO IS, celebrates the Second City's unique legacy, culture and traditions. As they get a special sneak peek at the show's two-dozen stunning display gardens, party-goers enjoyed musical entertainment, and sampled fine wines, specialty cocktails and incredible tastings from both world-renown and locally-famous chefs who are a part of The Trotter Project.

As a key sponsor of the 2016 Chicago Flower & Garden Show, JULIE Inc. Board Members, INCLUDING Mathew Turk of INTREN, and Julie Executives were on hand to support damage prevention at the 811 S. City Line Crossing Garden (#8).

INTREN's own Bryce Summers' custom Capone motorcycle was featured in the January 5th issue of American Bagger magazine. 

Bryce's lifetime love for two wheels comes through when talking about his transition from riding dirt bikes at the age of four to realizing his dream of owning a fully customized Electra Glide Harley-Davidson. With the help of 124 Customs in Rockford Bryce was able to transform his 2005 Bagger by adding a larger 95" twin cam motor, upgrading the sound system, customizing the paint and making the jump to a 30" mad wheel.

Bryce couldn't be happier with the results of his new ride and is looking forward to Sturgis 2016.

On March 16th, INTREN and Loretta Rosenmayer, Founder and CEO, will receive the Chicago Foundation for Women’s (CFW) 2016 Outstanding Corporate Citizen Impact Award for their dedication and steadfast commitment to women in the construction industry and greater business world. All around the world, women are breaking new ground in business thanks to people like Loretta Rosenmayer and her passion to help those in need, succeed.

Rosenmayer’s passion extends far beyond the utility industry. Best known for her drive to make a difference in the lives of others, Loretta is widely regarded as a thoughtful advocate for women, who works methodically to drive change without seeking the limelight. Under her leadership at INTREN, the company has received numerous awards such as Ameren’s Corporate Partner of the Year and ENR Midwest’s Specialty Contractor of the Year.  Active partnership with ComEd’s Chicago urban employment training program, CONSTRUCT, and the YWCA are just a few of the many commitments INTREN supports to help women and minorities entering the energy industry. 

This wife, mother and WBE business owner began INTREN with just 4 employees in 1988.  Since that time the company has grown exponentially and now encompasses an award winning team of 1,100 individuals representing a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences that reflect the dynamic face of American small business.   At its very core are the pillars of INTREN’s success: Safety, Integrity, Customer Focus and Employee Empowerment.

The 2016 Impact Awards will be held at Venue SIX10 at Spertus Institute in Chicago, Illinois, on March 16th.

For more information about Loretta’s Outstanding Corporate Citizen Impact Award, the 2016 Impact Awards or the Chicago Foundation for Women, visit

Compliance was the theme of a presentation the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) gave to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) at their Winter Conference in Washington D.C. on February 15, 2016. Steve Canestrini, Operator Qualification Manager for INTREN, was a member of the panel for this presentation. 

The presentation educated policymakers at the federal and state levels on the increasingly important role played by contractors in the construction and replacement of the nation’s natural gas pipeline infrastructure. The first topic was on horizontal directional drilling (HDD). The presentation laid out the benefits of using this technology, along with safe practices to follow. Along with this topic, the discussion covered cross bores and their continual use as a concern in the industry as contractors are often in position to address this issue when encountered in the field. The DCA believes government also has a role to play in supporting safety of the public when it comes to damage prevention.  The DCA is asking to ensure all states not exempt municipalities from One-Call membership, along with marking their facilities which include the main and laterals. 

The panel also discussed the impacts of the pending PHMSA’s Post-Construction Inspection Rule legislation.  Although this legislation has been temporarily suspended, the legislation as currently written will not allow for self-inspection of critical tasks and will include contractors and operators in this rule. The DCA fully supports not allowing a person to self-inspect their own work.  As a matter of public safety, the DCA also believes any person who works on a natural gas pipeline should be included as part of this rule.

The feedback from NARUC on these topics was very positive. The DCA continues to help educate and work with all federal, state, and industry associations towards ensuring the safe operation of our nation’s natural gas pipelines. For more information about the DCA, visit


Representing the industry’s highest safety standards and operating practices, nationally recognized utility contractor, INTREN, has endorsed its support of DUKE Energy’s Cardinal Electric Safety Rules (CESR) campaign.

Practicing and promoting excellence in all aspects of construction safety is at the forefront of INTREN’s success. The DUKE Energy CESR campaign targets continual improvement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Grounding/Zero Energy Check/Tagging, and Cover-up/Insulate and Isolation. 

In support of DUKE Energy, its Vice President, Charles R. Whitlock, and the greater electric utility industry, INTREN’s leadership team reviewed and identified all areas of safety responsibility. INTREN signed and presented its plan to DUKE Energy to help fulfill its safety campaign. As of January 25, 2016, INTREN and DUKE Energy implemented the CESR campaign on all DUKE Energy job sites.

In the past year, INTREN has received the 2014 Underground Contractors Association Safety Award and PG&E Gold Shovel Certification. In addition, the company has implemented a new on-site job brief that enable crew members to communicate, identify and share potential risk factors with more ease and clarity. Its commitment to this campaign further identifies INTREN’s mission to promote and manage excellence in all aspects of construction safety.