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On Tuesday, May 31st, INTREN attended the Women’s Energy Network (WEN) Chicago’s Signature STEM Luncheon at the Montgomery Club. This unique event seeks to celebrate young women in STEM and the importance of careers in energy. The luncheon brought together 40 young women from Chicago-area schools that are aspiring to work in STEM careers with experienced professionals across the energy industry, including our very own team of INTREN employees!

The afternoon consisted of empowerment and engagement between the bright minds of the future and the current professionals in the energy industry. Anne Pramaggiore, President of the WEN Chicago Board of Directors and CEO of ComEd, kicked off the event with the opening remarks and a warm welcome to the talented young students. Keynote speaker Robin Robinson, longtime Chicago news anchor, invigorated and inspired all those in attendance.

The event was hosted by the Women’s Energy Network, an international organization of professional women who work across the energy value chain. Their mission is to develop a variety of programs to provide networking opportunities for women who work in the energy industries. These networking opportunities are offered nationwide and they include events such as luncheons, conferences, community initiatives, socials, and mentoring programs.

Because of this inspiring opportunity, more young women in STEM can connect with organizations like WEN and INTREN to discover what’s possible across the energy industry.

The Federation of Women Contractors' (FWC) 10th Annual Women Rock Awards was recently held on Wednesday, June 1st. Among those honored was our very own Loretta Rosenmayer with the Women's Inspiration Award. A lifelong supporter of women and member of the FWC, Loretta inspires those around her on a daily basis to be strong, independent women who make a difference in the world.

Hosted at the House of Blues in Chicago, the night's theme was the 70's of "Peace, Love, and Women Contractors" in honor of the women's movement that occurred during the 70's. The FWC is one of the oldest and most recognized leaders among women-owned construction businesses in the Chicago area. It started in 1989 and remains "committed to advocating for women-owned businesses and women executives in the construction industry."

The INTREN attendees included: Mary Lucarelli, Tanner Cummings, Amanda Glissman, Kathleen Pierce, Christina Curtis, Susan McElfresh, Maggie Williams, Jessica Kinchus, Karolina Korzec, Val Menolascina, Beth Alm, Samantha Deaton, Rachel Chronowski, Alexis Twardzik, Jackie Zelinski, Jennifer Chaffin, Katie Borst, Diane Loftin, and Heidi Schmitt.

Congratulations Loretta and to all the award recipients of the night.

This April, INTREN coordinated a meeting for the ComEd Contractors of Choice (COC) Executive Safety Council to discuss the utility provider’s safety campaign. Spearheaded by Lance Rosenmayer, President of INTREN and Chairperson of the COC Executive Safety Council, the meeting was held at ComEd’s new training facility.  Executive leadership from ComEd, ComEd’s COC Executive Safety Council and contractors were in attendance for the kickoff of their 2016’s Journey to Zero Incidents, Injuries and Fatalities Campaign.

At this meeting, ComEd and contractors reviewed historical incident data, discussed new and current ComEd expectations, related industry-wide trends, shared COC initiatives currently underway, and discussed human behavior.  Each contractor signed the 2016 Journey to Zero Incidents, Injuries and Fatalities Campaign, pledging to carry out this work in a safe manner. This commitment to the Journey to Zero Incidents, Injuries and Fatalities includes adhering to:

ComEd’s Core Safety Principles

1.       Safety is everyone’s responsibility

2.       Zero incidents is achievable

3.       We have to sweat the small stuff

4.       A safety culture begins with trust

5.       Anyone can stop a job at any time 

ComEd’s Rules for life

1.       Always wear PPE when performing critical tasks

2.       Establish & enforce a Zone of Protection

3.       Always test before touch

4.       Always meet confined & enclosed space safety requirements

For more information on INTREN safety, visit: http://www.intren.com/index.php/about-us/safety-and-quality  

Underground Contractors Association (UCA) of Illinois announced INTREN as the 2016 'Contractor of the Year' at their annual Underground Spring Showcase. On April 12th, UCA's Executive Director, Michael Wiedmaier, presented the award to INTREN President, Lance Rosenmayer, for his longstanding 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 longtime 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."

At a UCA luncheon on May 19th, Tim Ayers, Director of Safety & Quality, received an award on behalf of INTREN 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. INTREN actively participates in UCA events as it is a great opportunity to share best practices between peer contractors and helps keep us aware of local construction activities.

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. For more information on the UCA, visit http://www.uca.org/

In May, INTREN, along with 30 construction industry companies, utility providers ComEd, Peoples Gas and Nicor Gas, as well as 6 social service agencies celebrated the accomplishments of 71 dedicated individuals who successfully completed the CONSTRUCT job training program.

Led by ComEd, this 11-week job training program offers professional support and assistance from committed companies who want to make a difference in helping minorities prepare for jobs in the construction industry. 

The six social service agencies, using experienced trainers, taught the classes at their facilities, provided individual job counseling and guidance, and worked with students on job placement opportunities. Entry-level job opportunities can include meter reader, truck drivers, customer service representative, designer, electric apprentice, and more.

This alliance of sponsoring companies and utility providers, along with IBEW locals 9, 15, 134, 196 and Laborers’ District Council of Chicago & Vicinity, actively support CONSTRUCT and have played an important part in growing this program. Their goal is to foster increased diversity in the construction industry through education, contracting and employment.

Although no promise of employment is guaranteed –an amazing 80 percent of previous participants have been offered employment. From the 2016 graduating class, INTREN has hired two union laborers and two union IBEW groundmen so far. 

“Quite frankly, job-driven training works,” Loretta Rosenmayer, INTREN Founder & CEO, said.  “These talented students are not just looking for jobs, they’re looking for fulfilling careers.  CONSTRUCT helps participants fulfill their career goals while helping to fill the jobs our industry needs today and in the future with skilled workers.”

CONSTRUCT has proven beneficial for companies. By providing a valuable source of qualified and skilled workers, CONSTRUCT is improving the prospects for expansion and continued success in the construction industry. 

To date, about 150 students have participated in the program, and participation continues to grow year-over-year. 

For more information on how you can become involved in CONSTUCT, visit ComEd.com/CONSTRUCT

L2CMS, a DBA of INTREN, is piloting an Agriculture/New Business Turnkey Program in order to bring more power to farmers in the Central Valley Region of California. The project is an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) model focusing on electric distribution overhead and underground work. The purpose of the project is to provide clients with a more cost effective alternative to complete this type of work from start to finish.

Due to a major drought on the west coast, Central California farmers have begun to dig deeper in order to find the water they need to water their crops. Developed by L2CMS - a specialty service company concentrating on comprehensive pre-construction consultations, special program/project support and staff augmentation - the program is helping provide a more robust electrical distribution system to help farmers reach water at greater depths.

The project began as an experiment to give L2CMS’ clients a different perspective on how similar work could be done. By managing the entire process, L2CMS has provided the client with shorter engineering, project management and construction times, and ultimately at a reduced cost. L2CMS launched this project in February 2016, and has established a Project Management Office (PMO) which manages the overall program, as well as subcontractors. Having already received the third and final wave of the pilot at the end of May, L2CMS is scheduled to complete the pilot program by the end of June.  The fourth wave will be received early June and the program will shift from pilot to an implemented program.

“This is the first program for our electrical distribution team working on an EPC type model,” said Sarah Douglas, Director of L2CMS. “The whole team is pleased with the project we are making. We look forward to implementing this type of work model on future projects.”

This April, L2CMS unveiled is official branding video. For more on the type of work L2CMS performs, their eclectic team, and their spirit of stewardship and diversity, watch the L2CMS: Power Your Success video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZWusjFyRII. For more information on L2CMS, visit http://l2cms.com/

INTREN announces the following structural and leadership changes designed to drive customer service, enhance its culture of safety and support sustainable growth. 

The reorganization comes from a position of strength and represents the logical next step in the company’s ongoing efforts to align company business operations with its core growth strategies while at the same time maximizing value for our customers.    

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

  • 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, in addition to Finance and Administration, Human Resources, Contracts, Fleet, Supply Chain, and Information Technology. Most recently, McArthy was awarded the prestigious 2015 Chicago CFO of the Year® for Mid-Size Private Companies.

  • Jeff Nauman, 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).

  • Brenda Gunnink was promoted to Account Manager of the Midwest Region North/West and will now oversee all major INTREN utility and municipal accounts in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. 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. 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 and started at INTREN in 2013 working her way up the ranks from Project Manager, to Senior Project Manager, and now to Account Manager.

  • 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. 

“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 the current issue of The American Locator Magazine published by Underground Focus is an article written by Matt Streets who spent the day in early March with some of INTREN's crews.  Read the full story here: My First Dig: A Day Spent With INTREN Crews