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Committed to staying fit for work through stretching

How do INTREN field and fleet employees stay fit for work? They incorporate daily stretching into their morning routine, which improves flexibility, blood flow and overall range of motion. This, along with proper hydration and job rotation, keeps our team healthy and injury-free.
Committed to Line of Fire Safety

It is a common misconception that line of fire is just associated with overhead work, but it is essential for underground work, as well. At INTREN we utilize 3-part communication to make sure everyone knows when items are coming in and out of the manhole, as well as situational awareness which makes everyone aware when employees are working under the drop zone.

Nicor Gas Academy SlideCongratulations to the 2019 Nicor Gas Career Academy graduates! INTREN was thrilled to be a part of this six-week job-readiness program that was designed to prepare participants for entry-level work in the utility industry. Speaking today at the ceremony were Nicor Gas Community Affairs Director Margi Schiemann, Nicor VP Pat Whiteside, Quad County Urban League President & CEO Theodia Gillespie and graduates Ian Retrigue and JoAnna Matthews. Congratulations to all!
Don DeWitte Dan McConchie and Steven Reick visit INTREN

INTREN was honored to welcome Illinois State Senators Don DeWitte and Dan McConchie, along with State Representative Steven Reick to our corporate headquarters this week.

Meeting with executives from INTREN and the Underground Contractors Association, they discussed how the infrastructure investment program, passed this Spring, will provide economic benefits by adding opportunity, stability, and growth to our local resources. Thank you to our INTREN team for actively reaching out to their senators and representatives to voice support for this bill and to our leaders for continuing to listen and represent their constituents.

The Invite-Only Event Gathers Energy's Most Influential Women

Intren CEO Kelly TomblinINTREN is excited to announce that CEO Kelly Tomblin is the Keynote Speaker at the Women's Energy Summit being held on Wednesday, August 21 in Chicago. The 200 participants include regulators, industry leaders, political officials, and consumer groups.

Kelly is also participating as a panelist during the Rising Star Forum program on "What It Takes: The Unvarnished Truth"; an honest look on what it takes to get to the top and excel in today's complex and competitive business environment.

Since its inception in 2014, WES has served as a platform for senior women leaders to discuss pertinent energy issues, including how to 'move the needle forward' and advance women in this industry. 

Sarah Douglas of Intren and L2CMSINTREN is proud to announce that Operations Director Sarah Douglas will be recognized as a “Rising Star" at the Women's Energy Summit's Rising Star Forum; an award that highlights up-and-coming women in the energy sector.

Sarah will be honored, along with 24 other women, in Chicago today, August 20, at the Forum. The event is an exclusive and intimate event with bright, energetic, and trailblazing women in the energy industry. A distinguished group of nearly 100 women have been recognized as Rising Stars since 2015.

Sarah is the Operations Director for the Construction Management Services division and leads a team of 43 employees.

811 LogoWith Aug. 11 almost here, INTREN hopes this date on the calendar, 8/11, will serve as a natural reminder for residents to call 811 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked. Every few minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.

When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected their local one call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, spray paint or both.

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree and laying a patio are all examples of digging projects that need a call to 811 before starting.

“On Aug. 11 and throughout the year, we remind homeowners and professional contractors alike to call 811 before digging to reduce the risk of striking an underground utility line,” said Tyler Herdendorf, Occupational Health & Safety Director for INTREN. “It really is the only way to know which utilities are buried in your area.”

The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches or digging in a location that’s previously been marked, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.

Visit call811.com for more information about 811 and safe digging practices.

A training session
This week the Mueller company trained our Midwest Gas Division on performing tapping and stopping on gas lines. Tapping and stopping is a complex process performed when connecting new gas mains to existing facilities. This training ensures the safety of our employees when performing these tasks and safely controlling the flow of gas in a pipeline.

The Gas department continues to offer INTREN employees this and other training classes to ensure we maintain a safe and high-performing work force to meet our customers' growing needs.
Green Hat GraduationJerry Cartwright and Jonathan Lagemann with the Midwest Region Underground Electric department completed the Green Hard Hat Program last week. Thanks to Foreman Will Folk and his crew for helping train and develop our new workforce.
Our Gas group, working out of Middle River, MD, celebrated the graduation of three employees recently.  Each one is relatively new to INTREN, but all crews have taken a proactive approach to mentorship and making sure that all employees receive the necessary guidance in order to work safely. Pictured below is Laborer Willie Davis Jr (right) with General Foreman Ron Kincaid.   2nd picture is Laborer Jacob Nelson (right) with Foreman David Figueroa.  3rd picture is Laborer Mike Karavas (left) with Foreman Joe Long.

Laborer Willie Davis Jr (right) with General Foreman Ron Kincaid Laborer Jacob Nelson (right) with Foreman David Figueroa Laborer Mike Karavas (left) with Foreman Joe Long