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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
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
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.
Intren at Feed my Starving ChildrenINTREN Illinois continued their stewardship efforts with ‘Feed My Starving Children’ with additional packing sessions at their Schaumburg facility. The non-profit’s goal is to reach everyone around the world with their manna packs, until ALL are fed. If you are interested in donating to help feed hungry children or in purchasing amazing crafts by local artisans from communities (such as Uganda, Haiti, and Kenya) where they serve, please go to fmsc.org #HopeStartsWithFood
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.
Cary Grove GEMsWhat better way to get girls interested in #STEM than to have them build their own electronic circuit board! Thank you to the Cary-Grove High School GEMS program for inviting INTREN to present this year! Directors Sarah Douglas and Sue Clarke also had the opportunity to discuss the phenomenal opportunities for women in the energy field! #OutPerformingEveryday
Justin Othick wins GoldWe are proud to announce that INTREN's Justin Othick received a gold medal in skiing at the Illinois Special Olympics Winter Games held recently at Chestnut Mountain in Galena. Over 450 athletes competed in Alpine skiing and snowshoeing over the exciting 3-day event. Congratulations to all the athletes and especially to Justin! Your work ethic, kindness, and team spirit are a shining example of OutPerforming Everyday!