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Business Development Manager Lloyd Gillespie represented INTREN in Washington D.C. from May 15-18th
to  speak with Illinois representatives in Congress concerning the Clean Water/Safe The CapitolDrinking Water State Revolving Fund.

This is of great importance to INTREN because Lance Rosenmayer of INTREN is on the Board of Directors of the Underground Contractors Association of Illinois, which is connected to the Clean Water Construction Coalition (CWCC). This coalition supports the highest possible funding levels for the Clean Water/Safe Drinking Water state revolving fund in the annual appropriations process for the budget.

The CWCC was created in 2006 by many large construction associations that wished to promote federal legislation which would improve national water and wastewater infrastructure.

Lloyd and the Coalition spoke with Illinois House and Senate members about how they can help make sure Illinois has enough funding to provide clean water while deciding the budget. Congress has yet to vote on this issue. Some of the Congress members and/or their aides Lloyd was able to meet were Congressman Randy Hultgren from Marengo, Joe Bushong for Senator Durbin, Mark Copeland for Senator Duckworth, Miles Chiotti for Congressman R. Davis, Max Frankel for Congressman Quigley, JT Mackey for Congressman Kinzinger, and Ashley Antoskiewicz for Congressman LaHood.

Lloyd indicates recent water disasters as the motivation for the CWCC’s campaign for clean water. “Our failure to maintain and improve our water infrastructure has real and dangerous outcomes, like the ongoing lead crisis in Flint, Michigan. It’s critical that we as individual citizens and organizations reach out to our leaders in Washington to remind them that we don’t want another crisis in
 Illinois, and their support for triple funding is needed for clean water.” 

Earlier this month INTREN welcomed a new Director of Fleet Services, Brian Davis! Brian is excited to be a part of INTREN and he is looking forward to exploring his new role and is ready for all the challenges it may bring.

Previously, Brian worked at Dunnet Bay Construction aBrian Daviss a Fleet Manager and before he started his career in construction contracting, he managed multiple auto clinics. Brian started at INTREN on May 22nd and already feels at home because he says INTREN “feels like a family”. Brian hopes that everybody who interacts with Fleet Services has a positive experience and is determined to further enhance the overall efficiency of INTREN’s Fleet Services.

Brian lives in Oswego, Illinois with his wife and three children, and enjoys traveling.

Welcome to the family, Brian!

JPS Executive, Kelly Tomblin, Named CEO



UNION, IL (May 15, 2017) – INTREN announced that Loretta Rosenmayer, founder and CEO, will become Chairwoman of the Board of INTREN and a new CEO will take the reins on daily leadership. Founding the company in 1988, Rosenmayer has continued to lead a steady course to what has become one of the nation’s leading utility contractors.

Kelly Tomblin, President and Chief Executive Officer at Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd., will become the new CEO of INTREN effective July 10, 2017.

“This evolution comes at an extraordinary time for INTREN”, said Rosenmayer. “Our momentum is strong, and our management team and employees have built an exceptional company that is one of the most trusted and respected in the industry. I’m confident Kelly is ideally positioned for her new role to continue our growth.”

Tomblin was chosen in a competitive selection process from a strong field of candidates. She is a highly impressive and respected executive known for her ability to build diverse, meaningful cultures in a collaborative leadership style. As a recipient of the prestigious 2016 Platt’s Global Energy CEO of the Year award, Kelly topped an impressive list of finalists leading companies in the United States and around the world.

No stranger to the industry, Tomblin brings more than 25 years in the energy industry with experience in both competitive- and vertically-integrated markets throughout the United States, U.K. and Latin America. At the helm of Jamaica Public Service Company since 2012, Tomblin was responsible for introducing several groundbreaking initiatives and developments to the organization. She successfully guided the energy company through a profound transformation and united her employees on one vision: “to lead an energy revolution for the growth and prosperity of every Jamaican”.

“INTREN would not be what it is today without Loretta’s vision, leadership and unwavering commitment to high standards and values,” said Tomblin. “I am honored to lead the INTREN team and continue the progress evolving before me.”

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About INTREN:

For more than 25 years, INTREN has been an innovative solution partner, dedicated to building and maintaining the infrastructure of the energy industry. The company’s culture of stewardship guides INTREN to care for others’ priorities as if they were their own. Through an unwavering commitment to safety, integrity, customer focus and employee empowerment, the company has succeeded in offering turnkey services to a long list of satisfied clients. As an industry leader, INTREN is proud to serve many of the nation’s foremost utility companies, private contractors and developers, and municipalities and cooperatives. For more about INTREN, visit INTREN.com.

Laticia Holbert has been hired as Training & Employee Development Manager, a new position to facilitate career development and training strategies throughout INTREN. Holbert’s new role was effective April 17, and she will be reporting to Dale Damon. Her primary focus will be coordinating with various departments throughout the organization to help create, design, develop, implement and facilitate career development and training strategies. This position will specifically focus on career development and training for office personnel but will also support leadership-related training throughout the organization.

Holbert brings more than 15 years of experience in education, training and development. INTREN’s relationship with Holbert formed four years ago with her role as Program Lead for the CONSTRUCT Program. Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty member for University of Phoenix, Colorado Technical University and Ashford University.

Holbert is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BA in Economics and concentration in Business and Computer Science Engineering. She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. Holbert is a highly skilled professional with substantial experience in the implementation, process development and administration of education programs.

INTREN would like to congratulate Bob White on his promotion to the new role, Workforce Training Manager. Effective April 17, White is now reporting to Sean Hughes. His primary focus will be coordinating with field resources to help identify best practices and training opportunities, as well as designing, developing, implementing and facilitating those identified training opportunities.

White brings to the position more than 30 years of subject matter expertise in electric operations. His training experience includes classroom instruction, instructional design, and development and management of the training process.

White started working with INTREN in March of 2016 as a Work Planner, reporting to Bill Nightingale. Prior to INTREN, White held various leadership and training roles at ComEd, including: Senior Specialist, Electric Operations Training/Overhead Transmission and C&M Training Manager, Electric Operations Training. He also served at ComEd as an Overhead Electrician.

Union, IL April 24, 2017 – EY today announced that Loretta Rosenmayer, Founder and CEO of INTREN is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in the Midwest. The awards program, which is celebrating its 31st year, recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Rosenmayer was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 21 in Chicago.

“I am proud to be a finalist for this distinguished award,” said Rosenmayer. “However, no company is run by one person. It is because of our dedicated team that truly outperforms every day that INTREN has grown from my dining room table to one of the leading specialty utility contractors in the energy industry.”

Now in its 31st year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur of the Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur of the Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur of the Year National Awards Gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum™, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

One Year Incident-FreeCongratulations to INTREN’s Fleet and Supply Chain department under Support Services for achieving 1-Year Incident-Free in April. The department successfully completed 365 days incident-free making it the eighth department at INTREN in eight months to reach this remarkable goal, a feat rarely accomplished in the utility construction industry.

The department has two main locations to serve the needs of INTREN’s numerous offices and yards across the country in 10 states and is responsible for providing equipment, tooling and supplies in support of our construction operations.

The Fleet and Supply Chain department includes over 45 union and office employees that perform the following functions: Warehouse and Inventory Management, Vehicle Licensing, GPS and P-Card/Fuel Card Administration, Fleet Repairs and Maintenance, Equipment Procurement and Storm Response support. They are also tasked with recruitment of vendors, subcontractors and national accounts. Currently INTREN has over 1800 pieces of equipment for Fleet to maintain, repair and track, and over $2.5 million in inventory of tools and supplies to manage.

“We are very proud of this accomplishment as working safely is one of our core goals. The folks in Fleet and Warehouse are committed to the discipline needed to work safely and have a strong sense of community where they are concerned for and watch out for one another, “ said Senior Director Supply Chain Pat Williams.

In addition to the Fleet and Supply Chain department, INTREN’s Midwest East Electrical, Midwest Commercial & Industrial, Midwest Central (MWC) Operations Support, Midwest South (MWS) Tulsa department, MWC Boring, MWS Cincinnati Civil Underground and MWC Substation departments reached one-year incident-free in the past eight months.

Congratulations to Pat Williams and his team - Thank you for OutPerforming. Everyday. and being the measure of excellence in our industry!
National Safety Stand Down | May 8-12

The week of May 8-12, 2017 is OSHA National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction which raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.  INTREN employees will be participating in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction week by holding safety discussions in a small group appropriate fall protection. Each group should will also review INTREN's Safety Bulletin sent out from our Safety Department and document their discussions on their weekly discussion tool and job brief. 

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities recorded in 2015 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable.

OSHA is partnering with key groups to assist with National Safety Stand-Down Week including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), OSHA approved State Plans, State consultation programs, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE), the U.S. Air Force, and the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers. *

Don't be a statistic – be aware of your surroundings and always practice safe climbing!

*From the OSHA.gov/StopFallsStandDown website.

Construction Workers Suffered 350 Fatal Falls in 1 Year

INTREN Finalizes Transaction to Acquire Miller Construction Company

Unique Woman-Controlled Board Welcomes Miller CEO Christina Ernst


June 18, 2018INTREN, one of the nation’s largest certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE) specialty utility contractors, today announced they have closed the transaction to acquire Indiana-based Miller Construction Company, Inc., a third-generation full-service electrical contracting company, which is also a leading WBE.  INTREN’s focus now is a thoughtful integration of both companies.

“An acquisition evokes a myriad of emotions for employees and our focus now is on bringing our teams together in a way that minimizes any concerns,” said INTREN CEO Kelly Tomblin. Miller has an extraordinary team and we want to make sure they continue operations with as little interruption as possible. My intention is to assemble a creative integration team that will uncover and implement the best practices of both companies.”

Miller Construction’s 175 employees join INTREN’s 1,700-strong team to provide more to complete service offering through a wider geographic reach. Company President Andy Carmean will continue to oversee Miller activities and will join INTREN as Regional Vice President serving the Indianapolis and St. Louis markets.  Christina Ernst, CEO of the Miller Construction Company, will join the woman-controlled INTREN Board of Directors, one of the few in America’s utility contractor space.

"Today, Miller employees are officially a part of the INTREN family, said Tomblin. However, we will continue to honor the Miller legacy and the three generations that build this extraodinary company. Our companies share similar roots, along with the same culture and values that are centered upon a deep customer focus, an ongoing commitment to safety, and a true caring for our employees and the communities we serve."

INTREN Founder and Board Chair Loretta Rosenmayer stressed that INTREN’s acquisition furthers her vision of creating a national full-service company. “Our goal is not only to build the best women-owned business and woman-controlled board, but to be the best overall total-solutions provider for our customers. INTREN’s and Miller’s shared values of stewardship, integrity and customer focus will guide us, and firmly support our belief that companies do well in the marketplace by doing good,” Rosenmayer added.

This acquisition is in response to requests from our customers and the marketplace. We are expanding our transmission capabilities and expertise, and adding other services such as equipment testing, vegetation management and innovative professional services while maintaining the same safety, quality, and customer focus that INTREN has provided for nearly thirty years. We are now well-positioned to grow further and be even better partners for our customers in the future,” added Tomblin.

“As a family-owned and operated WBE, Miller Construction Company is thrilled to join the INTREN family,” Christina Ernst said. “Not only does INTREN embody the principles and values of Miller Construction Company, but we provide complementary services that will help INTREN achieve continuous growth and become a total utility solutions provider. Together we are well-positioned for industry leadership that will provide creative solutions for our customers.  I look forward to serving on the Board and continuing to help advise the combined companies.”

INTREN’s acquisition of Miller Construction Company shows the industry that diverse companies can combine to create a different and innovative workplace offering.  INTREN’s latest growth to meet the infrastructure needs of the utility marketplace reflects their 30-year trajectory that was bolstered in 2017, when One Equity Partners became a minority investor, providing significant funding for future growth.

INTREN Announces Plan to Acquire Miller Construction Company, Strengthening WBE Utility Contractor
Unique Woman-Controlled Board Responds to Customers


June 4, 2018 - INTREN, one of the nation’s largest certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE) specialty utility contractors, today announces continued growth through its plan to combine with Indiana-based Miller Construction Company, Inc., a third-generation full-service electrical contracting company, and also a leading WBE. By joining forces, INTREN will broaden its marketplace offerings, including Miller Construction’s deep expertise in transmission.

“With Miller Construction, we have found a culture match and an experienced execution partner, as well as a company that shares our values and our vision of transforming the way business is done,” said INTREN founder and Chairwoman of the Board Loretta Rosenmayer. “Miller Construction is a family-owned business with a long history of exceptional safety and meeting customers’ needs, which makes them a natural fit for the INTREN family.”

Rosenmayer stressed that INTREN’s acquisition furthers her vision of creating a national full-service company. “Our goal is not only to build the best women-owned business and woman-controlled board, but to be the best overall total-solutions provider for our customers. INTREN’s and Miller’s shared values of stewardship, integrity and customer focus will guide us, and firmly support our belief that companies do well in the marketplace by doing good,” Rosenmayer added.

“INTREN is known for anticipating and fulfilling the needs of our customers and we are doing just that by broadening ourcapabilities through the acquisition of Miller Construction Company,” said Kelly Tomblin, INTREN’s Chief Executive Officer. “By joining forces, we are continuing our evolution to serve customers in every business segment, wherever they need us geographically,” she said.

“This acquisition is in response to requests from our customers and the marketplace. We are expanding our transmission capabilities and expertise, and adding other services such as equipment testing, vegetation management and innovative professional services while providing the same safety, quality, and customer focus. We are now well-positioned to grow further and be even better partners for our customers in the future,” added Tomblin.

Christina Ernst, the CEO of the Miller Construction Company, will join the woman-controlled INTREN Board of Directors, one of the few in America’s utility contractor space. 

Miller Construction’s 175 employees will join forces with INTREN’s 1,600-strong team to provide more work to customers through a wider geographic reach. Company President Andy Carmean will continue to oversee Miller activities and will join INTREN as Regional Vice President serving the Indianapolis and St. Louis markets.

“As a family-owned and operated WBE, Miller Construction Company is thrilled to join the INTREN family,” Christina Ernst said. “Not only does INTREN embody the principles and values of Miller Construction Company, but we provide complementary services that will help INTREN achieve continuous growth and become a total utility solutions provider. Together we are well-positioned for industry leadership that will provide creative solutions for our customers. I look forward to serving on the Board and continuing to help advise the combined companies. ”

INTREN’s acquisition of Miller Construction Company shows the industry that diverse companies can combine to create a different and innovative workplace offering. INTREN’s latest growth to meet the infrastructure needs of the utility marketplace reflects their 30-year trajectory that was bolstered in 2017, when One Equity Partners became a minority investor, providing significant funding for future growth.

About INTREN 
For 30 years, INTREN has been an innovative solution partner, dedicated to building and maintaining the infrastructure of 
the energy industry. The company’s culture of stewardship guides INTREN to care for others’ priorities as if they were their own. Through an unwavering commitment to safety, integrity, customer focus and employee empowerment, the company has succeeded in offering turnkey services to a long list of satisfied clients. As an industry leader, INTREN is proud to serve many of the country’s foremost utility companies, private contractors and developers, municipalities and cooperatives. For more information, please visit INTREN.com.

About Miller Construction Company 
Miller Construction Company is a full-service electrical contracting company, providing deep expertise and services throughout the Midwest in overhead transmission and distribution, along with emergency storm restoration services, nationwide. Miller also provides extensive in-house project management and estimating, along with vegetation management and electrical testing services.

The Vincennes, Indiana-based third-generation family business is a certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and possesses a long history of exceptional safety, exceeding customers’ needs, and deeply caring for their employees and their communities. For more information, please visit MillerPower.com.

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A New Chapter Begins


May 15, 2017 - Today, we are proud to announce executive appointments aimed at supporting INTREN’s long-term growth. Loretta Rosenmayer, INTREN founder and CEO, will become Chairwoman of the Board of INTREN to lead in a new capacity. Kelly Tomblin, currently President and Chief Executive Officer at Jamaica Public Service company Ltd., will become the new CEO of INTREN, working to continue progress and growth that has become synonymous with the INTREN name. Read more.

Kelly Tomblin PortraitKelly Tomblin

From a coal miner’s daughter in West Virginia through the ranks of the multinational GDF Suez/ International Power company to taking the helm at the Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd., Kelly Tomblin has proven herself as one of the most dynamic and accomplished leaders in the energy industry. She brings 25 years of diverse leadership experience in the regulated utility and independent energy sectors in the United States, Jamaica, Latin America and the U.K. As a visionary and risk taker, Kelly’s innovative vision to do power differently is what sets her apart. Read more.

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A shovel goes into the ground.This April marks the tenth annual National Safe Digging Month, reminding residents to always call 811 before any digging project. National Safe Digging Month is formally recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and has traditionally earned the support from nearly every state governor across the country.

When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to the 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, paint or both. Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.

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 and planting a tree or garden are all examples of digging projects that should only begin a few days after a call to 811.

“As April marks the traditional start of digging season, we are using this month to strongly encourage individuals and companies to call 811 before they begin digging,” said INTREN Executive VP of Operations and Business Development Matthew Turk. “By calling 811 to have the underground utility lines in their area marked, homeowners and professionals are making an important decision that can help keep them and their communities safe and connected.” 

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, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.

INTREN encourages area residents to visit www.call811.com for more information about digging safely.