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Steve ArrigoniCongratulations to Illinois General Foreman Steve Arrigoni who just retired and a tremendous thank you for spending your last 13-years with INTREN!

Steve performed a variety of work for INTREN, mostly in faults, as well as cable replacement, storm response, cable injection, fiber, and overhead, as well as regularly attended community and stewardship events on the company’s behalf.

“Steve was not only a professional lineman fully committed to excellence in his craft and safety, but he was a great teacher and mentor to the young apprentices,” said Executive Vice President Matthew Turk. “He worked in a number of our school programs with the Junior Achievement organization of Will County and gave countless school demonstrations to motivate young people to get into the trade. Steve was always full of humor, always happy, and always willing to share. He will be tough to replace. We are so grateful he was part of our family.”

Prior to INTREN, Steve had worked for Local Union 9 since 1981 and for two other construction companies, first as a Journeyman Lineman, then a Foreman, then a General Foreman, where he worked primarily on URD distribution and CTA projects.

"INTREN gave me the empowerment to be myself and run work as if I owned the company," said Steve. "I wanted to be the best."

And, Steve, you were ‘the best’! We will miss you!

The Riverside CrewExecutive Vice President Matthew Turk and Business Development's Cornell Barnett recently visited overhead crews that were working on a 4kV/12kV transformer conversion in Riverside, Illinois. With the new transformers and wiring already hung, the timeframe was extremely tight to switch over to the upgraded system. 
 
So, with 12 crews set up in 12 yards, our linemen coordinated the conversion seamlessly and well within the planned outage. Hats off to our crews for #OutPerformingEveryday #INTRENStrong 
Baltimore Transmission ProjectINTREN Overhead Distribution crews are #doingessentialwork for our utility customer on a 9-month project that includes building new feeds for a substation and water treatment plant in Baltimore. One of the most vital projects the city has ever undertaken, it entails double circuit 34kV sub-transmission re-conduct, and 3-miles of 795 wire being pulled- all on poles that range from 55 to 80 feet. 
 
Thank you to our East Coast crews for being #INTRENStrong and working on critical infrastructure during this unprecedented time! #OutPerformingEveryday #INTRENStrong
Rock Island CrewIn the Quad Cities this week, INTREN's MWN Gas crews are installing gas main near our Rock Island office. Foreman John Terrill and his crew are fusing together 4" main with Superintendent Frank Robledo observing, while Foreman Jason Dale's crew members are installing 2" main.

The MWN Gas team is led by VP Jeff Nauman, Sr. PM Adam Vos and Superintendent Frank Robledo and is in the second year of a 5-year contract to replace over 140 miles of low-pressure gas main and almost 18,000 services in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois and Iowa City, Iowa. Go GAS!!! #INTRENStrong #OutPerformingEveryday
JugsINTREN picked up hand sanitizer recently from family-owned Midstate Distillery in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. A small-batch liquor producer, whose founders call a 'labor of love', shifted production to overcome severe shortages of hand sanitizer throughout the country. Thank you, Midstate, for being one of the #companiesthatcare # It helps keep our crews safe and #doingessentialwork to keep our Grid strong. #OutPerformingEveryday
John WisniewskiForeman John Wisniewski has worked with INTREN for 16 years and is part of the Illinois Civil department, where he is #doingessentialwork on conduit and manhole installations in Chicago. When asked about why he is proud to work at INTREN, he gave us multiple reasons!

When I first started at INTREN there were slightly over 100+ employees and only 8-12 in our division. I have seen this company grow over the years, by those that worked hard and took pride in their work, along with the great leadership and appreciation of Loretta and the Rosenmayer family.

I always felt appreciated by them and that motivated me to come to work and outperform every day. I like to think that I had a small part in INTREN's success over the years and want to continue to see the company succeed.

I was trained by many well-experienced people, who now have retired from INTREN. Now, that I've become one of those senior employees, I take great pride in passing on what I've learned from them to the younger guys, one who is a third-generation employee.

I love seeing my crew given tough challenges and succeeding at them and making my general foremen and project managers happy, in that we were able to do so. I want them to be able to count on me to take on these tough jobs.

My current crew and many INTREN employees have become close friends and are like an extended family. It makes it easy to come to work every day and be with such a great group of people who share my belief to take pride in your work and be stewards to our customers and our communities.
Thank you, John, for #OutPerformingEveryday and #BeingINTREN!
Crew at Big Rock#INTRENHeroes. As If doing essential utility work during a pandemic isn't hard enough, an INTREN truck and trailer were also hit by another vehicle that ran a stop sign. INTREN Illinois lineman Max Gaines, who is also a certified EMT and volunteer fireman, assisted the unconscious driver, and rendered first aid to her and her infant.
Foreman Garrett Sullivan called 911 and helped Max, as his crew redirected traffic, addressed a fuel leak, and safeguarded downed power wires, by following their INTREN training.

Thank you to the heroic efforts of General Foremen Shawn Rasmussen and Darrell Holmstrom, Foreman Garrett Sullivan and Linemen Max Gaines, Steve Gillespie and Paul Jones. You are shining examples of #OutPerformingEveryday #BeingINTREN
 
It has now been more than a month since many have entered into a new phase of living and working as “Stay at Home’ and “Shelter at Home” mandates were implemented. For most of us at INTREN, that meant going to work as usual with greater attention to social distancing and sanitizing. For others, it meant working from home. For a lot of us, it means navigating the treacherous waters of “distance learning” with our children. For all of us, it means uncertainty and change.  
 
Against that frenzied backdrop, however, I continue to be in awe of the courage, strength, adaptability and spirit of Team INTREN. Throughout my travels and conversations, I continue to hear great optimism, steadfast commitment and overwhelming pride related to the contribution we are making to keep our communities safe. We understand that the work we do is critical to keeping lights on, people warm, hospital services and transportation running. We know we are an important piece of the safety and security our world needs now. 
 
The word “courage” comes from the root “cor”—the Latin word for “heart.” Philosophers suggest that courage entails the art of giving up the “smaller self” that runs away from a heart-based bravery to accept the “larger self” who embraces it. As I watch the courage of so many of our essential workers—including those at INTREN, I am reminded of that broader definition of courage. It is truly heart based. 
 
So, as we continue to face the twists and turns of the current state, let’s continue to keep our eyes also looking toward the horizon. This will, one day, be over. In the meantime, let’s continue to support each other and show the world exactly who we are—INTREN STRONG. 
 
 
Power on!  
 
Kelly Tomblin 
President & Chief Executive Officer 

Storm Crew in North CarolinaIn the last six weeks, over 500 overhead transmission and distribution line workers have been called out by our utility customers for storm restoration throughout the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and the Carolinas. From multiple tornadoes, battering hail and severe winds, our crews worked in dangerous conditions to repair critical infrastructure. Below are four examples of how our lineworkers and mobile mechanics continue to place service before self.

Greenville, South Carolina. After 16 tornadoes hit South Carolina early Monday, our Indiana Overhead Distribution crews traveled to Greenville at the request of our utility partner for storm restoration. In what has been one of the deadliest outbreaks in the region, it left nine people dead and thousands of homes and businesses without power, along with extensive property damage and flooding.

Cincinnati, Ohio. Our overhead distribution crews were called out for storm restoration after a severe 2-day weather event spawned 14 tornadoes and caused widespread property damage, snapped poles and downed power lines. More than 60,000 were left without power as the line of storms wreaked havoc across the region.

Lincoln, Illinois. Straight-line winds surged in excess of 70 mph and ripped through central Illinois snapping poles and downing power lines while leaving thousands without electricity. INTREN transmission crews were called out by our utility partner on Thursday to the city of Lincoln, where 30 transmission structures went down. Their job? Rebuild the line.

Vincennes, Indiana. Can you imagine being without power for 3 days? Add in multiple fires from downed powerlines, collapsed buildings, toppled roofs, and uprooted trees, all during a pandemic. Such was the scene in Vincennes, Indiana, where violent storms ripped through the river city with grape-sized hail and gale-force winds. Home to our INTREN family in Indiana, our distribution crews worked tirelessly to restore power to their own community.

Thank you to all our crews for being #INTRENStrong and assisting our utility partners in rebuilding vital infrastructure.

Civil CrewDespite doing essential work during an unprecedented time, Illinois crews in three divisions- Commercial & Industrial, Bore and Civil- have reached significant incident-free milestones this month. We applaud these crews for their steadfast efforts to make safety a priority, while looking out for one another, our utility customers and the public.

Illinois Commercial & Industrial Crews: 4-Years Incident-Free

INTREN’s Commercial & Industrial division have reached an incredible 4-year incident-free milestone this month! From installing data banks and site lighting to electrical and residential dry utility work, foremen Chad Jump, Mike Kopec and Kevin Hansing “have been steadfast about watching each other’s backs and in adhering to strict safety standards while they work,” said Project Manager Tanner Cummings. Regional Director Mearl Kise-Halsall, also praised her team. "A four-year, event-free safety record is a remarkable feat that is rarely achieved. Our hardworking C&I Division is clearly dedicated to making safety a priority, and I highly commend the team for their significant accomplishment.”

Illinois Bore Crews: 1-Year Incident-Free

Led by Superintendent Chris Tipton, General Foremen Stacey Taylor and Mario Valencia, the crews take great pride in owning their job site and making safety a priority. “Challenges on the job are numerous,” said Tipton. “Working with poly daily is a hazardous situation. Our Crews also do a lot of heavy lifting. Some job sites are in areas where there is heavy traffic, so proper traffic control is a must.” Tipton also added that GF’s “Mario and Stacey do a great job of positioning crews to ensure customer need dates are met. They communicate daily to ensure the right crew with the correct tooling is set up and ready for success the following day.”

Illinois Civil Crews: 1-Year Incident-Free

Led by Superintendent Marty Kominoski and General Foremen Brian Miller, Chuck Hill, and Dan Proffitt, their complex Civil work spans from downtown Chicago and into the far-reaching suburbs. "The Civil Division is one of the hardest working groups at INTREN," said Regional Director Mearl Kise-Halsall. "We rely on our crews to perform flawlessly and they deliver day-after-day. These crews must always be prepared for the unexpected and that takes continuous communication amongst the crew.” Spend any time on an INTREN Civil project and you will appreciate their skill and work ethic. “The general foremen have been able to build a dedicated highly-skilled team,” said Kominoski. “These crews take pride in their craft and it shows every day."

Thank you for OutPerforming.Everyday.