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Specialty utility contractor, INTREN, received the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation’s 2015 Business Champion Award for private companies who employ 300 workers or more.

This prestigious award, accepted by President, Lance Rosenmayer, recognizes the valuable contributions businesses make in advancing economic development within McHenry County, Illinois.  Additionally, INTREN was acknowledged for making a significant investment in their workforce by encouraging safety, and quality, and for their outstanding philanthropic contributions.

“We are honored to receive this award which reaffirms that our focus is being realized by our community,” said Rosenmayer. “Dedication to quality service and our community is incredibly important for INTREN as it continues to help drive innovation and continued improvements throughout the industry.” 

Specialty Utility Contractor CEO, meets with President Obama, White House Officials and Industry Leaders on Global Climate Initiatives

Illinois based INTREN Chief Executive Officer, Loretta Rosenmayer, participated this week in an executive roundtable meeting with corporate executives in Washington, D.C.  The closed door discussion covering the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, participants included President Barack Obama, CEOs from major corporations such as Johnson & Johnson, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Pacific Gas & Electric, Intel, and Hershey’s as well as their key suppliers who have made specific commitments to reducing their greenhouse gases before international talks in Paris.   

Leaders discussed the potential consequences of climate change and the support both government and private sector actions can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally.  President Obama sought these business leaders input prior to his participation in the December summit in Paris.

“We were honored to take part in this meeting”, said Rosenmayer.  “Being an environmental steward within the construction industry, INTREN takes great pride in being invited to give input to the President’s initiative.  We believe addressing climate change is not only essential for the health of our planet, but will assist in promoting a vibrant economy through job growth.  We are pleased with the President’s commitment to increased energy efficiencies, and reducing carbon emissions and with his willingness to listen to key business leaders.”

INTREN was selected to join the discussions as a key supplier representative by California based utility leader PG&E.  With an established environmental program already firmly in place, INTREN has vigorously pursued efforts to minimize greenhouse emissions since 2010.   In recognition of these efforts, INTREN was invited to participate in the Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance (EUISSCA) by utility leader Exelon in 2011.  It is this organization that has called on their supply chain to take an active role in reducing the carbon footprint. 

 

Thank you to everyone at INTREN for their efforts during the month of August to raise funds to build a well for Haiti Outreach. Between the 95 INTREN employees and family members that donated, and the match that Loretta and INTREN provided, enough funds were raised to successfully build a well in Haiti!! In August, INTREN also donated additional funds to Haiti Outreach so the organization could buy a used truck to assist in building the well.

Each INTREN employee who donated was entered into a drawing to win a trip to Haiti with Lance Rosenmayer, INTREN's President. The winner, Pete Williams, Account Manager, Private Department, will accompany Lance to the January 28th, 2016 inauguration and celebration of the well's official opening. 

Thank you to everyone who donated to Haiti Outreach.  OutPerforming at its Finest!

 

This is the first year INTREN has been a sponsor of The Fizz Ehrler Memorial Turning Back Time Car Show in Sycamore, Illinois. Held this July, The Car Show awarded over 100 trophies for the top 100 cars.  Of the 110 trophies that are awarded at the show, INTREN sponsored 5 of the top 100 trophies that are voted on by the participants of the show.

Each year, The Fizz Ehrler Memorial Turning Back Time Car Show is held in the downtown area of Sycamore on the last Sunday of July. The event attracts enthusiasts from drag racing to street performance including: Street Rods, Street Machines, Rat Rods, Custom Trucks, Race Cars, Antiques, Classics and more.  With their primary goal to raise funds for local non-profit organizations, the show has become a popular event for thousands of motorsports fans.

Tim Kuhn, Illinois Project Manager-Civil Underground, is pictured with Loretta holding a thank you plaque to INTREN for their sponsorship. For the past 3 years Tim has been a Car Club Board Member.  His son Will, daughter Madeline and daughter's boyfriend Michael are also on the board.

INTREN’s 70’ bucket truck was a hit at the annual Marengo Settlers’ Days celebration held last weekend. On Saturday, October 10th, Shawn Shacklee from Fleet Services showed kids and adults alike what our mighty trucks can do.

“This year’s show was the biggest to date,” said Shacklee. “It’s been growing each year but the trucks and other vehicles that showed up today are the most yet.”

The greater selection of bigger vehicles provided a fun place for kids and parents to spend a couple hours on a warm, sunny fall day. Kids zig-zagged from vehicle to vehicle, climbing in to pretend to be bus drivers, conservation police, military soldiers, snowplow drivers, firemen, policemen, electrical workers, farmers and much, much more! Settlers’ Days also featured a petting zoo with goats, pigs, sheep and other cute animals to learn about, a tractor train that pulled the kids around the parking lot, and a special place for sidewalk art, where people could create their own drawings with chalk supplied by event promoters.

INTREN Work Planner, Gary Wildy, and his 1966 Chevrolet Nova recently finished their final race in Bowling Green.  With over 60 cars in his race class, Gary and his team took 5th Place in the Pro Gas Class standings. Though he was hoping for 2nd place this year, Gary said, "[I] wasn't too disappointed with 5th place as there are over 60 cars in this class and this is the first year we ran the entire schedule."

Congratulations on a great run Gary!

Loretta Rosenmayer, INTREN CEO and Founder, has been recently awarded the Women’s Business Development Center’s (WBDC) Hedy M. Ratner and S. Carol Dougal Legacy Award and the Mano a Mano Family Resource Center’s Leadership and Giving Award.

The Legacy Award was presented to Rosenmayer on September 1st, at the evening reception and award party for the WBDC’s 29th Annual Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference (EWC29). This award recognizes women entrepreneurs who have shown longtime commitment to the mission of the WBDC and who embody the visionary and entrepreneurial spirit of the WBDC’s founders Hedy M. Ratner and S. Carol Dougal.

Rosenmayer was also awarded the 2015 Leadership in Giving Award by the Mano a Mano Family Resource Center for her generosity, support of the organization, leadership and philanthropic vision that have positively impacted their organization.  Mano a Mano Family Resource Center empowers immigrant and underserved families of Lake County to become full participants in American life.

“It is a great honor that Loretta is being recognized for her commitment and support of women and Latinos,” said Matthew Turk, INTREN’s Executive Vice President. “Her commitment to women entrepreneurs and the Latino community is an excellent example of the guiding force behind INTREN and how we invest and give back in our communities and the utility industry.”

Led by Rosenmayer, INTREN’s stewardship initiatives have grown from support of local and county charities and organizations, to state and nationwide charities and organizations. In 2014, INTREN supported over 75 nationwide charitable organizations. Since 1993, Rosenmayer has been an advocate for the WBDC, and INTREN has remained a certified Women’s Business Enterprise through the WBDC. 

Last month, Loretta Rosenmayer, Matt Turk and Brenda Gunnink along with a few customers attended The Women's Energy Network (WEN) Chicago Chapter's first event held on a beautiful sunny evening in Chicago. INTREN is proud to become a member of this premier global organization that educates, attracts, retains, and develops professional women working across the energy value chain.

WEN currently has 3,000 members in chapters in Appalachia, Greater Atlanta, Houston, North Texas, South Texas, Washington DC, and South Louisiana areas. WEN Chicago President Anne Pramaggiore (CEO, ComEd) and President-Elect Sherina E. Maye (Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission) are pleased and eager to announce the establishment of a chapter in Chicago - their first Midwest region chapter!

The mission of WEN is to attract more women into energy through outreach programs; to retain and develop women in energy by fostering relationships; and to develop leadership competencies and industry insight through strategic partnerships with companies, educational institutions and other organizations. WEN Chicago will provide networking and educational programming such as, educational workshops on emerging energy trends, a STEM girls mentoring program, and networking breakfasts and dinners.

As a new member to such a strong and dynamic organization, we are excited to build relationships with the energy industry's best and brightest!

Click here to learn more about the Women's Energy Network. https://www.womensenergynetwork.org/

Each year nearly 250,000 men & women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Of those diagnosed approximately 40,000 women & 400 men die from this disease. Breast cancer can also have a significant impact on family & friends of those experiencing the disease. Research is underway & improvements to treatment are being discovered. Experts believe a cure is possible. More funding & support is needed to help make this happen.

Last Year INTREN employees and friends raised more than $7,500 by purchasing over 190 pink hard hats. If you purchased one of these and want to wear it to show your support again this October, please do so.

This year we plan to show our support with bandannas emblazoned with the famous pink ribbon next to our INTREN logo. We purchased these bandannas from our FR clothing supplier, Tyndale, so that employees are able to show their support for the cause while working on our job sites.

Get One:
  • Donate $25 [or more]: 
    • Intren web-site: INTREN Team Pink
 OR
  • A Recognized breast cancer charity that you choose
Save your donation receipt

Contact us: 
  • Send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Include receipt showing your donation of at least $25
  • Tell us where to send your bandana 
Show Your Support:

  • Take a picture wearing your bandana
  • Send your pictures to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • We will post your pictures on the blog
Need Help? To identify a legitimate charity, go to: www.charitynavigator.com

Pink Hard Hats:
  • A few pink hard hats are still available
  • Donate $50 and let us know [instructions above]
 


Later this month, our very own Director of Fleet Services – Jim Bishop and our Senior Director of Supply Chain – Pat Williams will be guest panelists at the 2015 ICUEE Conference's Utility Fleet Conference Workshops that will take place in Louisville, Kentucky from September 28-30th. The International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE), also known as The Demo Expo, is the premiere event for utility industry professionals to gain comprehensive insight into the latest technologies, innovations, insights, and trends affecting their industry. The inaugural Utility Fleet Conference workshops will provide an exclusive forum for guests to meet and learn from industry experts and peers who can help take a company's fleet's performance and a fleet professional's career to the next level!

Jim will be on the Executing a Successful Idle Reduction Program panel on Monday from 1-2pm where he will discuss when excessive idle is spread across dozens, hundreds or even thousands of vehicles, the impact on a fleet's bottom line is enormous. This workshop will equip you with the ideas, strategies and technological information you need to set up an effective idle reduction program that drives down operational costs, extends the life cycle of your equipment and shrinks your fleet's carbon footprint.

On Tuesday, Pat will be on the Roundtable Lunch: On Your Radar: The Top Trends Impacting Utility Fleet Operations panel. This panel will discuss what are the most critical trends you should have your eye on in the next decade, and how can you best prepare? The expert panel of veteran utility fleet managers and industry experts will share their insights, with practical ideas on how you can capitalize on those trends so you're not blindsided by them.

Good luck Pat and Jim and thank you for sharing you're vast wealth of experience and knowledge at the ICUEE attendees!

We are always pleased to receive letters or phone calls from our customers and share them with you, such as this one from our customer ComEd...

Recently a happy homeowner took time to write a wonderful thank you letter on how grateful she was when working with INTREN's Mario Valencia, Foreman for Cable Replacement. The homeowner wrote that Mario took his time to meet with them to go over concerns she had about spray paint markings and flags in her backyard because of her brick patio. Mario, along with ComEd's Cynthia Thomas, who went out of their way to ease her concerns by coordinating a meeting in the homeowners backyard to address and resolve her concerns, and then proceeded to get the job done quickly and efficiently with the proper outcome.

The homeowner wanted us to know how impressed she was on Mario's professionalism in taking these extra steps to make sure the job was done to their satisfaction.

Thank you Mario and your team for OutPerforming for our customer, the communities we serve, and INTREN!!

INTREN crews meeting up one last time before being released from Butte Fire restoration work.  Great Job Team!!

About the fire from the Associated Press: The fire in Lake County, about 100 miles north of San Francisco, has killed four people, destroyed more than 1,900 structures and charred 118 square miles.  It was 90% contained by Friday, 9/25/15 and has caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.