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Congratulations to INTREN's Midwest South (MWS) Cincinnati Civil Department for completing one year of work incident free on August 31, 2016! This is the second department to reach this milestone in the same week at INTREN – a feat we are very proud to celebrate across the company!

The MWS Cincinnati Civil Department is comprised of 15 employees in the field and office that put in a combined total of over 32,000 man-hours in the past 365 days while working to replace and maintain over 18 manhole rebuilds and repairs, and over 45 key inspections for Duke Energy in Cincinnati, Ohio. INTREN started this civil project work with 3 Laborers and 2 Operators, and has grown to nearly 90 personnel covering civil, submersible and cable replacement.

"Our culture creates a working environment that attracts, develops and retains people who are committed to bringing exceptional value to our customers and is what attracted our dedicated workers in Cincinnati," said INTREN MWS Account Manager, Steve Littrell. "These crews were trained by our experienced leaders who built a team of passionate, caring, hard-working people who believe in and live INTREN's culture of safety and integrity. Their dedication demonstrates to our customer our commitment to completing the job accurately, safely and on-time."

The MWS Cincinnati Civil Department team was led in Cincinnati by Chris Murphy, Project Manager and in St. Louis by Matthew Guenzler, Senior Project Manager. Team members in Cincinnati are Joe Bath, Superintendent, Shane Rudisell, General Foreman, Brett Osman, Foreman Laborer, Phil Kidder, Foreman Laborer, Ron Elam, Laborer, Mike Sinclair, Operator, and Justin Williamson, Lineman.  Steve and his whole team would also like to thank the support that other departments have provided over the last year, from the Safety Department, Support Services and material handlers, to the office personnel that put the jobs together.

We are proud to announce that INTREN’s Midwest Central Boring Department reached a milestone over the weekend.  On Sunday, August 28th, 2016, our crews successfully went one year incident free – a great accomplishment for this department and the leaders from the two boring groups that comprise the MWC Boring Department!

The Cable Replacement Boring and the Directional Bore Crews, a combined effort of 265 people from the department, put in close to 600,000 man hours to reach this remarkable feat!  The success of these two groups can be credited to the safety culture embedded in INTREN’s management and the leaders of the groups – from the top down, everyone involved believes in the culture of safety.

‘We assembled a team to address the issues this department was having in the field.  That team had some tough decisions to make but they built a plan almost three years ago to take a hard look at what they had to do to improve in the field. There were a lot of issues off the bat, but I am happy that the team stuck with their plan and saw it through to the end,” said Sean Hughes, Account Manager Midwest Central.

This team is directed by two different groups – the URD/Cable Replacement Group and the Regional Boring Group. From the Cable Replacement Group, the team was led by Len Coulman, Senior Project Manager, Jason Schmitt, Project Manager, Rick Ryman, Project Manager, Violeta Gonzalez, Assistant Project Manager, Diane Loftin, Assistant Project Manager, Matt Sherry, Superintendent, Joe Hopperstad, General Foreman, Matt McGowan, General Foreman, Chris Tipton, General Manager, Josh Buckley, Foreman, Dan Durling, Foreman, Jeff Gingerich, Foreman, Shawn Keyster, Foreman, Marty Kunz, Foreman, Jason Peters, Foreman, Jimmy Rodriguez, Foreman, Mike Schoon, Foreman, John Taylor, Foreman, Mario Valencia, Foreman, and Don Welch, Foreman.

From the Blanket Boring Group, the team was led by Ben Turk, Project Manager, Matt Sherry Superintendent, Dan Fleck, Foreman, Francisco Flores, Foreman, and Mark Schreiber Foreman.  We also want to thank the support that other departments have given to the MWC Boring Department over the last year, from the Safety Department, Support Services and material handlers, to the back office personnel that put the packages and switching teams together.  


Call before you dig! Thursday, August 11th (8/11), marks National 811 Day, a day to remind us to always dial 811 before digging and as the first step in the damage prevention process. One-Call organizations across the country have teamed up to recognize today as National 811 Day in order to create awareness and better publicize the law with regard to excavating. As a leader in the utility construction industry and a member of JULIE’s Illinois One Call System’s board and the Underground Contractor’s Association (UCA) board, INTREN is a proud supporter and advocate of the 811 “Call Before You Dig” campaign across the Midwest as well as the country.

It is important for homeowners and contractors alike to call 811 before digging in order to prevent unintentional accidents caused by hitting underground utility lines. According to call811.com, “digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities can result in damage to gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines, which can lead to service disruptions, serious injuries, and costly repairs.”  811 is a national call center, you can dial the number 811 from anywhere in the country prior to digging and your call will automatically be routed to your local call center.

Approximately 38.6 million people will dig this year without first calling 811 to have underground utility lines marked (call811.com). Consequently, the number one reason for damages to utility lines is due to not calling 811 before digging.

As a leader in the construction industry, INTREN wants everyone to remember the importance of always calling before you dig. Whether you are digging for utility work or just digging to plant some flowers, you always need to call 811 a few days ahead to ensure safe digging. 

The Green Hard Hat program is just one of the initiatives implemented by our Safety & Quality Department at INTREN to ensure the safety of all our crew members. This program identifies new workers through the use of green hard hats to communicate to our other experienced employees and our subcontractors of their status. This also denotes that INTREN's experienced and dedicated employees will need to mentor them during their first few months working for our company.

Towards the end of June, Simon Dawson, Safety Professional, took a trip to see the crew in working Sleepy Hollow, Illinois and met one of INTREN's most recent Green Hard Hat graduates, Derek Doty.  "I feel like it was easier to ask questions and the guys on my crew were more willing help me out since they knew I was a new apprentice," said Derek Doty, now Apprentice Level 1.  "It's good to understand who is new to the trade and for my guys to pay a little closer attention to him, especially if he goes to another crew," stated Foreman Ken Hedrick.  Pictured are Foreman Ken Hedrick (left) giving Derek Doty (right) his new white hard hat.

Before graduating from INTREN's Green Hard Hat Program, one must pass the final evaluation conducted by a General Foreman. The evaluation covers a variety of topics, including being able to identify hazards, determining the right PPE required for each task, understanding various rules and guides in regards to digging and proper work area protection, following all DOT regulations when driving, as well as other various items. This evaluation also covers their knowledge and understanding of OSHA, Federal, State, and Local Laws, along with INTREN company policies. The final step before graduation takes into account the person's work ethic and character to ensure a harmonious fit for INTREN and the employee.

INTREN's Green Hard Hat Program promotes safety while providing quality training – two aspects of INTREN's core values. By providing a safe and smooth transition from the beginning of the program until graduation, INTREN is creating an environment to help grow workers' knowledge of the field while instilling safe practices.

On Thursday, July 28th, 20 INTREN Fleet, Yard, and Supply employees took part in Industrial Lift Truck and Rough Terrain Fork Lift Training performed by JJ Keller. This training has two components: an hour and a half long formal class training and a practical exam, in which the attendee must demonstrate their proficiency in the safe operation and material handling of the specified equipment. Training was done in the morning and afternoon to accommodate the different shifts of the Fleet Services employees. The certification that each attendee receives upon completion of the training is valid for up to 3 years. 

INTREN's Mike Tilley, Safety Professional/CHST, received Train the Trainer training and is authorized to train new hires in the future one-on-one.

INTREN's internal POWER Group (Promoting Of Women in Energy Roles) met on Thursday, July 28th. This session's focus was on recapping the MEA’s Energetic Women's Conference in Houston, Texas.

Midwest ENERGY Association’s (MEA) Energetic Women is a program aimed to help prepare women within the energy industry for leadership roles in operations and engineering.  They help this initiative by encouraging leadership growth and development, mentoring, sharing information and expertise, and inspiring and supporting women in the industry.

The meeting kicked off with Carrie Lucas, ERP Support Analyst, discussing the industry news.  The recap of the four breakout sessions from the conference were presented by Carrie Lucas, ERP Support Analyst, Maggie Williams, Fleet Administration Coordinator, Chelsey Ball, Project Coordinator, Heather Bakke, Project Coordinator, Jessica Kinchus, Project Coordinator, and Ashley Hunter, Assistant Project Manager.  There was then a discussion of the two key note speakers from the conference presented by Christina Mazhary, Human Resources Manager, Christina Curtis, Assistant Project Manager, and Karolina Korzec, Project Coordinator.

It was a great opportunity for everyone who wasn't able to go to MEA's Energetic Women's Conference this year to be able to get a glimpse into what this conference offers and what it means to be an Energetic POWER-ful woman! 

As part of the Rock River Project, INTREN previously removed two three-pole structures on the north and south ends of the Rock River in Prophetstown, Illinois due to their decrepit condition and the safety hazards they posed. Crews from INTREN's Distribution Overhead led by Bill Nightingale, Senior Project Manager, and Jeff Vesley, General Foreman, worked diligently, efficiently, and safely to replace the old wooden structures with two new 70' steel structures. Using a 60 ton crane to place the two-piece structures on the cement foundations securely, initially the crews pulled the wire across the Rock River via boat to connect the towers. Next, they installed new 477 ACSR conductors for the 34kV lines that spanned between the towers and finished the installation later in the week.

 

As a forward thinking company, INTREN believes in continually investing in the future of our communities and employees.  Our comprehensive summer internship program is just one of the ways in which we achieve this goal.  This program engages and challenges each intern by providing hands-on training as well as showcasing the behind-the-scenes work that pushes a company towards success. 

In order to best serve our customers, our employees in the field must be supported by a wide range of diverse and talented individuals in the office.  The INTREN internship program helps with this initiative of strengthening both our field and office presence by providing a variety of positions within the business.  The various roles within the program range from finance and marketing to overhead and construction management.  The majority of the interns are currently pursuing higher education in the respective fields of their internship.

This summer, INTREN hired 12 interns across our office locations of Union, Woodstock, Bolingbrook, and Franklin Park.  Meet the fresh new faces of our INTREN’s interns:


Zachary Adcock & Devin Allbright - Construction Management Interns
Dylan Ayers - Journeymen Mechanic
Nicole Bertrand & Samantha Reis - Marketing Intern
Brendan Juno - IT Intern
Humberto Marquez - HR Support Intern
Taylor Nightingale & Shelby Young - Overhead Interns
Rudy Rosenmayer, Jr. - Cable Faults Intern
Jeremy Schneeweis - Finance Intern
Jordan Sutton - Underground Electrical Intern

Late last year Loretta Rosenmayer, Founder and CEO of INTREN, was given the opportunity to meet with President Obama and other industry leaders to discuss the White House's initiative for climate change. INTREN left that meeting with a pledge to reduce our impact on the environment by reducing our GHG emissions annually, purchasing clean renewable electric energy for our offices nationwide, and opening local offices to reduce office employee commute time.  INTREN is happy to announce that we are moving forward towards meeting our goals.

Since establishing these initiatives, INTREN has replaced a number of vehicles used by L2CMS, INTREN’s Construction Management Solutions Division, with more eco-friendly vehicles. This change alone will reduce the CO2 output for this group by almost 50%.  For our offices, INTREN has purchased 50% renewable electric energy which is energy produced from sources that are not depleted when used, such as wind or solar power.  Also, we have opened several new office locations and continue to find strategic locations across the country that will help reduce commute time.

There are many more initiatives in the works that will help INTREN’s sustainability efforts environmentally, economically, and equitably which we will pursue to improve our sustainability practices.

 

Congratulations to INTREN’s Samantha (Randby) Ronding for graduating from the Missouri Valley Line Constructors Apprenticeship Training Program in May 2016 to Lineman.  Samantha joined INTREN in April 2014 as an apprentice while continuing to study and train with crews from our New Berlin, Wisconsin office as well as on special projects in Illinois.

Samantha, a native of Duluth, Minnesota, grew up with an interest in the electrical industry that was influenced by her father who was a cableman and her grandfather who was a troubleshooter for Minnesota Power. Samantha jokes that her enthusiasm for working in the field must have just run in the family.  “One night, when I was away at lineman school and doing homework, I got a text from my dad. ‘I’m proud of you’, was all it said, but those four words meant the world to me.” Samantha claimed that it was that text from her father that cemented her decision to become a lineman.  In May, Samantha accomplished her dream of becoming a lineman and couldn’t be happier. 

During her apprenticeship, she was assigned to an INTREN crew to gain hands-on training in the field while also attending regular classroom instructions.  Classes included safety, electrical theory, circuitry, and transformer connections, among many others.  While advancing through the seven steps of the apprenticeship program, apprentices are also required to work full time over four years, which roughly translates to around 7,000 hours of experience.  Samantha said that she had to learn along the way and realize that in order to get better she first had to gain experience and learn to “try, try, try again.”  While the program did not come without its challenges, Samantha said, “that as long as you keep trying, you’ll eventually get to where you want to be.” As for the challenges she currently faces being a woman working in a male dominated field, Samantha stated that she hasn’t encountered many challenges.

Samantha (Randby) Ronding is a prime example of how hard work and determination leads to success. Having completed her journey to become the third generation of linemen in her family, Samantha is currently working for INTREN in New Berlin, Wisconsin.  When asked how she feels about becoming a full fledge journeyman lineman, Samantha said, “It feels good to finally be here.”

Did you know that statistics show that women account for only 8.9% of the construction workforce today, or of the 6,625,000 people working in the construction industry, 589,625 are women?  That is why we are more than proud to have Sam as part of the INTREN family working to OutPerform. Everyday. for our customers and our communities!