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As part of its corporate reorganization, INTREN, a nationwide utility contractor, has promoted Brenda Gunnink, Senior Project Manager, to Account Manager, Midwest Region North/West. Gunnink will now oversee all major INTREN utility and municipal accounts in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

Being the primary point of contact for select INTREN customers, Gunnink is responsible for maintaining customer relationships, customer satisfaction, operational execution of contracts, ensuring safety and quality, and driving INTREN’s core values and mission. Based out of INTREN’s New Berlin, Wisconsin office, Gunnink will manage all overhead, underground residential distribution (URD) and engineering design work for INTREN’s Midwest-based clients.

“At INTREN, we see a tremendous value in promoting experienced leaders from within our company,” INTREN President, Lance Rosenmayer, said. “Brenda has proven herself time and time again, persevering through challenges in this male-dominated industry. We have full trust in Brenda as she will bring a new perspective while leading and growing INTREN’s accounts in the Midwest Region.”   

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014, there were a reported 9,813,000 people working in the construction industry. Of these, only 872,000 of them, or 8.9 percent, were women.

Entering the industry on the utility side, Gunnink worked for 10 years in operations, finance and contract management for one of Wisconsin’s largest utilities. After coming to INTREN in 2013, Gunnink has grown in the ranks from Project Manager, to Senior Project Manager, and now to Account Manager. While at INTREN, Gunnink has completed INTREN’s internal Leadership Training Courses and is an active participant in the Women’s Energy Network (WEN).
At Thursday’s luncheon on May 19th, Tim Ayers, Director of Safety & Quality, received an award on behalf of INTREN from the Underground Contractors Association (UCA) of Illinois For Recognition of Management’s Commitment to Safety Excellence. The plaque notes INTREN’s commitment to excellence in creating and maintaining a safe work environment. UCA is an organization focused on underground contractors working in the Chicagoland area. INTREN actively participates in UCA events because it is a great opportunity to share best practices between peer contractors and it helps keep us aware of local construction activities.

Lance Rosenmayer is on UCA’s Board of Directors. Our Safety team attends regular UCA meetings along with all of the local utilities.

Congratulations to the Management of INTREN and all our employees for your continued focus on Safety and OutPerforming!

On Friday, May 13th, ComEd, Nicor Gas, 25 construction industry companies, and 6 social service agencies held a special ceremony for 71 participants who have successfully completed CONSTRUCT, an 11-week job training program that offers participants the information and guidance needed to compete for entry-level jobs in construction-related fields.

The 71 most recent participants were part of the third group of participants to go through CONSTRUCT thus far. The program is designed to address the construction industry’s overall need to increase the pool of qualified minority candidates for construction jobs in Illinois. Career guidance, life skills training, and practical education about the construction industry are part of the program, as well as increased knowledge of requirements for entering construction-related fields successfully.

CONSTRUCT offers instruction and access to special sessions where students can hear from and meet company representatives. There is the opportunity to job shadow, and to attend a career awareness fair to learn about a range of potential job opportunities in the industry.

80 percent of previous participants have been offered employment. The success of this program is due in great measure to the construction industry companies that want to help, and are looking for good people to join an industry that is growing.

ComEd, Nicor Gas, Aldridge, Asplundh, BarTech, Burling Builders, David Mason & Associates, d’Escoto, Inc., F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen, Groundhog Utility Construction Inc., HBK Engineering, Henkels & McCoy, INTREN, Inc., Lindblad Construction Company of Joliet, LiveWire, Meade, Millhouse Engineering & Construction, Inc., MJ Electric, MZI Group, Nash Brothers Construction Company, Osmose Utilities Services, Peoples’ Gas, PMI Energy Solutions, LLC, Trice Construction Company, The Roderick Group, USIC, V3 Companies and The Will Group are supporting this program.

Having electric utility ComEd, which serves nearly four million customers across northern Illinois, join forces with Nicor Gas and Peoples’ Gas, to continue this life-changing program is a testament to their understanding of and diligence in fulfilling their commitment to communities.

“As we focus on the next generation of the energy industry, we must also build a workforce that is technologically skilled, innovative and diverse,” said Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd. “This program has been very successful in placing graduates in career path jobs. Simply put, CONSTRUCT works.”

“CONSTRUCT allows participants the ability to build a strong educational foundation and pursue a meaningful career, while strengthening communities and contributing to the economic growth of our state,” said Pat Whiteside, vice president of Business Support, Nicor Gas.

“CONSTRUCT is a win-win for everyone,” said Lori Flores Rolfson, vice president operations and maintenance for Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas. “The program helps participants receive valuable and practical training to expand their career opportunities. And it helps the sponsoring companies by creating a pool of qualified job applicants, which is especially important as a large portion of our workforce becomes eligible for retirement.”

CONSTRUCT is run in parallel at six sites across the Chicagoland area by ASPIRA of Illinois, Austin Peoples Action Center, Chicago Urban League, National Latino Education Institute, Quad County Urban League and YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago. These agencies will help identify and train the program participants using various common eligibility and completion requirements, and are committed to working with each participant to provide job counseling and placement services.

“I would recommend this program to anyone,” said Koran Ward, CONSTRUCT program graduate. “It doesn’t matter what you know because they teach you what you need to know to have a successful career.”

“I really wanted to see and be hands on what for we were expected to learn,” said Novelis Gonzales, another CONSTRUCT program graduate. “I really believe that if you have a dream, you have to go after it.”

Understanding the need to help knock down barriers to entry for construction-related fields, CONSTRUCT launched in May 2013 out of a partnership between ComEd, INTREN and the labor unions. What began with ComEd, 10 companies and three social service agencies has grown to include Nicor Gas, Peoples’ Energy, 25 companies and six social service agencies.

CONSTRUCT is part of CareerPower, ComEd’s set of jobs initiatives. IBEW locals 9, 15, 134, 196, and the Laborers' District Council of Chicago & Vicinity have voiced their support, and have been critical in the ability to move the program forward.

For some legislative leaders in Illinois, this special collaboration is a significant step toward addressing a long-standing need.

“CONSTRUCT is an example of the kind of corporate citizenship that can have long-term impacts on communities for many years to come,” said State Representative Elizabeth Hernandez. “I applaud every company and agency involved for making these important investments in people’s lives.”

“I commend ComEd and all the companies that have participated in CONSTRUCT to bring early construction career training to men and women in the Chicago area,” said 6th Ward Alderman Rod Sawyer. “The participants are finding opportunities to work at utilities and construction companies. These are jobs they may not have considered or been qualified for without the training.”

To complete the program, participants must attend at least 95 percent of all full class days and have taken select tests, among other things. Upon completion of the program, participants can choose any number of career paths, from applying to work with the participating companies and satisfying any applicable union requirements, to applying to ComEd or employers in other sectors.

While completion of the program does not guarantee a job, individuals who complete the program successfully are expected to be qualified, knowledgeable, and ready to compete for construction jobs in Illinois. 

Thank you for coming out yesterday and participating in the Bob Blazier Run for the Arts, sponsored by the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake. There was a chill in the air and a threat of rain… but that didn’t daunt the mighty INTREN STORM TROOPERS!  The event raised nearly $17,000 total and our valiant team of Superheroes united to bring home more WINS, too!  Enjoy some stats (link below) and more photos to appear on ICE soon!

- INTREN came in 1st Place again this year as the highest fundraising team, just edging out Eisenmann, with $1,700 collected! Sheri Turk was our biggest fundraiser! WAY TO GO, SHERI! We are now proud owners of a Bob Blazier Bobblehead trophy to commemorate our victory!

- Greg Penza’s son, Michael, also won a first place medal for the 5k, coming in 1st place in the male 15-19 year old category with a race time of 7:14. WAY TO OUTRUN & OUTPERFORM!!! 

- Little Batman Greg Taylor (Deb’s 8 year old son) placed 2nd in the 1 mile walk.

 Find all final race results here:  http://www.racetime.info/results/2016-results/2016-05-results/

 Thanks, again, for representing INTREN and supporting the Raue’s theater and art programs for children across Chicago’s suburbs! 

 

INTREN, Inc., a leading specialty contractor working with the nation's largest utility providers, private contractors and developers, municipalities and cooperatives, has announced the execution of its strategic growth initiatives by presenting the company's 2016 reorganization plan.

In a statement issued at a company-wide meeting last week, President, Lance Rosenmayer, stated, "The new structure will improve our competitive position, increase operational efficiency, and capture team synergies, while we continue to focus on our core values of safety, integrity, customer service and employee empowerment."   

"We are grateful to all our clients for contributing to our success," Loretta Rosenmayer, Founder & CEO, said. "This reorganization is an important milestone as we continue to grow and build a bright future for INTREN."

In an effort to continue its strategic growth of the company's services and accounts, the following positions have been announced:

  • Jeff Nauman (Pictured), former Director of Account Performance for INTREN, has become Vice President of Gas Operations. Nauman, an 11-year INTREN employee, was the account manager for the ComEd account prior to moving to Business Development in 2012. Prior to coming to INTREN, Nauman worked as an Alliance Manager for ComEd (5 Years), and has also worked in Project Controls for Raytheon Engineers & Constructors in the nuclear power industry (12 Years).
  • Executive Vice President of Business Development, Matthew Turk, has been named Executive Vice President of Operations and Business Development, assuming operational responsibilities. Turk, a 25-year veteran of INTREN, has been instrumental in the expansion of the company's utility services within the Midwest and East Coast markets.
  • Mike McArthy, Senior Vice President of Support Services & Chief Financial Officer, has expanded his leadership responsibilities to oversee the company's project controls group and contracts, in addition to Finance and Administration, Human Resources, IT. Most recently, McArthy was awarded the prestigious 2015 Chicago CFO of the Year® for Mid-Size Private Companies.
  • James Althoff was promoted from Business Development Manager to Director of Business Development. Althoff's leadership and industry experience has demonstrated a deep commitment to meeting the needs of clients. He has been with the company for three years with previous experience in account management with Althoff Industries.

Additional organizational changes announced by the company include:  Tim Ayers, currently the Director of Safety and Quality, to assume responsibilities for the Company's Environmental Compliance and Sustainability Programs.  His Executive Assistant, Kiwanda Evans, was promoted to Environmental and Program Administrator to assist Ayers.  

Meet our first INTREN team that headed east to make our company a truly coast-to-coast utility construction company. Beginning in February, and lead by Doug Anderson, Account Manager Gas Division, our team consists of two field crews that are replacing bare steel services for a major east coast gas utility, along with our subcontractor Miller Pipeline.  New to the Gas Division as of this week are Jeff Nauman and Andrew Belinsky.

Jeff Nauman joins the Gas Division as the new Vice President of Gas Operations, heading up our efforts to secure work in the growing field of gas work across the country.  Andrew Belinsky joins our Gas Division as a new Project Manager from the Pennsylvania area who will be eventually heading up the team there as Adam returns to his Project Manager duties in the Midwest in the near future.

Pictured outside are our East Coast team members (L to R): Adam Vos, Project Manager; Andrew Belinsky, Project Manager; RJ Borley; Anthony Cooper; Ryan Schlacter; Daoud Shikir; Dave Smith; Noel Fries; Damien Fries; Jeff Nauman, Vice President Gas Operations; and Doug Anderson, Account Manager Gas Operations.  In the office, (L to R):  Doug Anderson; Jeff Nauman; Andrew Belinsky; Adam Vos; and Traci Klapperich, Project Coordinator.

Underground Contractors Association (UCA) of Illinois announced INTREN as the 2016 ‘Contractor of the Year’ at their annual Underground Spring Showcase. On April 12th at Venuti's Restaurant in Addison, Illinois, UCA's Executive Director, Michael Wiedmaier, presented the award to INTREN President, Lance Rosenmayer, for his long-time support, dedication and commitment to UCA.

“All of us at INTREN are extremely proud to be recognized as a leading contractor in the underground construction industry,” Rosenmayer said. “INTREN has been a long time member of UCA and I have been fortunate enough to serve on the Board of Directors for the past three years. We cannot begin to explain what a unique and influential organization UCA is and what this award means for INTREN as we continue to grow in this industry.”

UCA presented this award to Lance Rosenmayer for his steadfast commitment to the association, the industry and the communities the specialty contractor serves. “[INTREN] contributes in some way to over 75 different causes throughout the state, nationally and internationally,” UCA's Executive Director, Michael Wiedmaier said. “[INTREN] participate[s] in women and minority mentorship programs to encourage employment in the industry. This stewardship is ingrained in the company's culture and sets an example to the underground contracting industry.”

UCA is a not-for-profit trade association of contractors and suppliers in the sewer, water, utility and underground industry throughout Illinois. It is active in market development, information, education, labor and the promotion of safety. UCA represents over 200 contractors and associate member companies.

Our friends at OSHA have designated the week of May 2nd as National Fall Prevention Week. At INTREN, our desire is to participate in this focus. To help target the program, our Safety Department has printed and mailed posters to many of our reporting locations earlier this week. If you received these posters, we are asking you to place them in a spot where your workforce will see it. Although we are focused on preventing falls every day & every week, it helps to get everyone focused together. Please do whatever you can to help make sure our crews are protected and participating with OSHA on preventing falls this week & every week. For more information about National Fall Prevention Week, visit https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/ 

This May, INTREN was honored to take part in recognizing 55 dedicated individuals graduating from the third annual CONSTRUCT Program. The event represented the culmination of an intense, 11 month program of training, information and guidance for students entering the job market.

Joining the graduates at the celebration were INTREN representatives Loretta Rosenmayer, Lance Rosenmayer, Matt Turk, Lloyd Gillespie, Sean Hughes, and Vic Moreno. Other supporters of the program in attendance included Elba Aranda-Suh, Director of the National Latino Education Institute (NLEI), Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO of ComEd, and Pat Whiteside, Vice President of Operations, Nicor.

CONSTRUCT represents a uniquely collaborative approach to connecting determined people who have a strong work ethic to the companies that need them in a growing industry. The program is powered by an alliance of dedicated companies, social service agencies and labor unions that are committed to removing barriers for individuals interested in entry-level jobs in construction-related fields.

An enthusiastic crowd of proud friends and family packed the auditorium at the National Latino Education Institute. Joining them in the celebration were honored guests and speakers, State Senator Martin Sandoval and State Representative William Davis as well as Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) Chairman Brien Sheahan and his staff.

The event came to a spirited conclusion as INTREN’s CEO, Loretta Rosenmayer, shared her tremendous enthusiasm for life and stewardship. She recognized ComEd for leading the industry in practicing inclusion and diversity, and for giving companies the opportunity to exceed. She reminded graduates that to be successful in life, they will need to create change in the lives of others, as well as their own. Loretta quoted Denzel Washington from his commencement speech to the graduates of Dillard University Class of 2015 by saying, “Don’t just aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference.”

Congratulations CONSTRUCT Graduates!

Crews begin work on Tulsa, Oklahoma Network Cable System Replacement Project

This April, INTREN joined forces with American Electric Power (AEP) to replace old secondary cables and splices throughout downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. We are excited to be presented our first project contract with AEP and look forward to completing network cable replacement project by early 2018.

Stationed in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, two INTREN electrical crews have already begun working on the downtown network system. Led by INTREN Account Manager Steve Littrell, Project Manager Joe Immer, General Foreman Jon Bennett, and Foreman Dean Davis and this July, two more INTREN electrical crews will join forces to complete the system wide overhaul. Currently the project is set to replace a total of 74,380 feet of cable. Thus far in 2015 we have replaced over 3,000 feet of secondary cables sizing from, 4/0 to 500mcm, and have installed over 2,000 feet of secondary cable sizing from 500mcm, to 750mcm. We have also spliced in 3 sets of 750 network crabs.

INTREN’s partnership with AEP promises to bring economic growth and electrical stability to the downtown area by providing improved reliability. We would like to thank Jon Bennett (GF), Dean Davis (F), and Jeremy Farris (GMEO) for their dedication to travel from St. Louis to Tulsa to lead and train the local workforce.

The opportunity to take part in improving reliability in the city is a reflection of INTREN’s core value to serve as stewards in our communities’ and with our customers’ best interests in mind. We are honored to take part in the Tulsa network cable replacement project and will continue to support AEP in any way possible.