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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!

In June, INTREN’s Matthew Turk, Executive Vice President of Operations & Business Development, and Dennis Bednarski, Midwest Regional Vice President of Operations, attended EEI’s Annual Convention in Chicago. 

Organized in 1933, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is an association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies.  Members of EEI are responsible for providing electricity for 220 million Americans and directly employing nearly 500,000 workers.  This association seeks to provide public policy leadership, strategic business intelligence, and essential conferences and forums to help strengthen the members of this industry.

One of these conferences, the EEI Annual Convention, is the electric utility industry’s premier networking event that attracts roughly 1,000 registrants.  This three-day conference focuses on cutting-edge industry news and has featured famous headliners in the past, such as former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, as well as Warren Buffet and Condoleezza Rice.

As an associate member of EEI, INTREN jumped at the opportunity to attend this conference. Matthew Turk stated, “It was great to network with other EEI members and learn about the innovative technology and advances that have been made in the electric utility industry.”

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.

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/

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