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INTREN has been nominated to lead the planning and organizational efforts of the Nicor Gas Contractor Safety Forums for 2020. It will be driven by Corporate Safety Manager Simon Dawson, who has been part of this year’s planning committee. INTREN’s one-year appointment began at the close of the October 17, 2019 meeting.
The Forum started in April 2018 and is a partnership between Nicor and the 43 contractors that work within their footprint. The grass roots enterprise fosters an avenue of communication and allows contractors to discuss ongoing safety, quality and efficiency issues, as well as share examples of good catches and exceptional performance in the field.
Held at the Nicor facility in Naperville, each quarterly forum consists of topics that are decided on and presented by contractors, as well as information and expectations that are supplied by Nicor’s contract management team.
Past topics have included Damage Prevention, Quality Assurance, Environmental Concerns, Audit Trending, Hazard Communication, Traffic Control, Safety Culture Share, and Injury Prevention.
Each year, one of the 43 contractors is chosen to lead the planning and organizational efforts. INTREN is the third contractor to hold this position.
INTREN's Lloyd Gillespie, Pete Becker, Ben Turk, and Brian Creighton participated (and won!) ComEd's OCC Golf outing held this past Friday in Joliet, Illinois. Word on the street is that Anne Pramaggiore, senior executive vice president and CEO of Exelon Utilities, has banned Lloyd from winning any more ComEd golf outings, but that doesn't seem to have stopped him!
CEO Kelly Tomblin was hobnobbing last night with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the city's first black female and first openly gay leader. They both were attending the Federation of Women Contractors' 30th Anniversary Celebration, which honored Founder Loretta Rosenmayer and other long-standing members who have supported the FWC for 25 years or more.

The Chicago organization is commitment to advocating for women-owned businesses and women executives in the Construction Industry and has helped countless women find their voice and achieve their goals. #FederationofWomenContractors #WomeninConstruction
A cancer survivor stands with our pink helmet-wearing crew
Today was extra special. INTREN cable replacement crew members Lance Moon and Larry Palmer were working in a Buffalo Grove, IL subdivision when Peggy, a 23-year ovarian cancer survivor, asked to take a photo with the men. She truly appreciated them wearing their pink hard hats and supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month. #OutPerformingEveryday #TeamPINK
Matthew Turk and INTREN Board Member Sherina Maye EdwardsExec VP Matthew Turk, Operations Director Sarah Douglas and Business Development Manager Lloyd Gillespie attended the ICC Utility Supplier Diversity Policy Hearing being held today in Chicago. Pictured is the INTREN team, Matthew Turk and INTREN Board Member Sherina Maye Edwards.
In its September newsletter, our utility customer recognized Jacob Hutslar and his crew for their dedication to safety. Their attention to detail, preparation and teamwork was identified as part of their "tried and true" method of creating a safe work environment. Pictured in their Spotlight are GF Cody Price, Foreman Jacob Hutslar, and Journeymen Linemen Jeston Clopein, Scott Webber and Jimmy McKenna. #Outperforming.Everyday
Intren at Ameren Diversity Summit
INTREN executives were out in full force at Ameren's Supplier Diversity Symposium being held this week in St. Louis. From speakers to workshops, our team was busy building powerful connections with Ameren's CEO Warner Baxter and Supply Chain & Chief Procurement Officer Pardeep Gill.

Ameren has long been focused on the growth and development of diverse suppliers in key areas, such as supply chain, which includes sourcing, materials management, warehousing, logistics, and procurement.

Pictured are Sarah Douglas, Matt Guenzler, Marco Martinez, Pardeep Gill, Cornell Barnett, Jon Grant and Kelly Tomblin
Intren at EUISSCA Conference

INTREN EVP Matthew Turk, Project Manager Long Huang and Environmental Program Administrator Josh Turk attended the Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance's (EUISSCA) Sustainable Sourcing Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. As a Charter Supplier Affiliate Member, we stand with EUISSCA in their mission of building a future that will improve the electric utility supply chain for generations to come! #OutPerformingEveryday #INTRENGreen
Intren Nicor Anode Crew

INTREN's Executive Vice President Matthew Turk recently visited crew members Yeheyes Tefera and Chris Yanny who were replacing anodes throughout Chicago for our gas utility customer. INTREN crews have replaced over 1500 on this multi-year contract, which began last year. An interesting tidbit is that we have electrical crews working on this project since anodes have an electric current.

Our Marathon Runners
INTREN General Foreman Rob Hildebrand and Estimator Hermes Vierma were two of the 45,000 runners that competed in the 42nd annual Chicago Marathon this past weekend. With four marathons and one Ultra 50K run under his belt, Hildebrand took the race in stride, as Vierma racked up his first marathon finish. Congratulations to you both for #OutPerformingEveryday #INTRENProud #INTRENStrong