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Our Focus on the Field series takes us to Lenzburg, Illinois, where INTREN's transmission team replaces static wire with new fiber optic cable and installs new shield wire arms via helicopter. Watch these courageous men as they soar through the air at breathtaking heights in the bitter cold to keep our power flowing! #NationalLinemanAppreciationDay #ThankaLineman
 
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The Intren Midwest Civil-Manhole Group

The Midwest Civil-Manhole group  just passed the one year incident-free mark on their manhole projects in downtown St. Louis.

Director of Operations Matt Guenzler said, "This accomplishment is due to the performance of the individuals in the field, who are truly a good group of employees. The success has been a result of consistent employee interaction and engagement from all levels."

"The staff worked together as a team to communicate expectations, complete training, implement best work practices, and hold each other accountable," continued Guenzler.  "We have a core group of General Foreman and Foreman who have driven the INTREN culture in the field, with the approach of doing the small things right.  The well-being of themselves and the individuals around them is the priority, allowing production and efficiency to naturally fall into place."

Congratulations on outperforming and bringing stewardship to our customers and each other.
a group photo from the eventKeith Garvey, Regional Vice President of Business Development East and Chenda Khuon, Project Manager, attended the 6th Annual Black History Month Celebration sponsored by the Md. Washington Minority Companies Association (MWMCA) at the Live! Casino & Hotel in Baltimore. BGE executives along with many other Baltimore dignitaries attended.

Pictured are (1) First National Bank Vice President James Ayree and Vice President of Business Development Precious Barnes, along with Chenda, Keith and President of the MWMCA Wayne Frasier. (2) Keith is pictured with Wayne Frasier.


Intren CEO Kelly Tomblin moderates CBC EventINTREN CEO Kelly Tomblin was proud to moderate the Chicago Building Congress' 'Challenges & Benefits of Diversity' Event recently held at the Union League Club of Chicago. The panel included Kathi Holst (Roadway Construction & Maintenance Services), Dina Griffin (Interactive Design Architects), James Sykora (ComEd), Bette Lawrence-Water (Benedictine University) and Anne Bigane Wilson (Bigane Paving Co).

The CBC is the only vertically-integrated trade association serving the Chicago area. Its diverse membership includes general contractors; subcontractors; material suppliers; architectural/engineering firms and consultants; real estate and development firms; labor unions/trade associations; governmental and educational entities; legal and accounting professionals; financial, insurance and bonding firms.
Lead Construction Engineer Ali Ataei Lead Construction Engineer Ali Ataei was recently acknowledged for his outstanding work at a key west coast utility customer for his assistance on the first phase of relocating Caltrain’s electric facilities. The 3-year project for San Francisco’s 51-mile commuter rail system supports the city’s migration from diesel commuter trains to electric, providing greener, faster and more reliable service.

Our customer applauded Ali for his tremendous contribution, critical thinking, and reliable follow-through. In many instances, the Caltrain relocation construction took place on weekends from 11pm-5am, and Ali was on site Friday and Saturday evenings often until well after midnight to ensure the crews were organized, focused and prepared.

Additionally, Ali worked closely and effectively with Distribution Operations in coordinating and implementing four to eight major clearances every weekend. Where one major project generally has one or two clearances in its 6-month life, Ali performed at least twice that every week.
 Ali’s hard work and dedication to the utility and this project have contributed to work completed without procedural error and zero safety incidents. He’s an overall a great team member.

The electrified trains are expected to start running in 2022 from San Francisco to San Jose.

Ali is part of L²CMS, the construction management services division for INTREN, LLC. To learn more, please contact L²CMS Director of Operations Sarah Douglas.

L2CMS Hard HatOver the last year, this team has been focused at supporting our California customer, assisting in their core work of pole replacements and other electric distribution projects. Team members focus on and reinforce INTREN's core values and keep them top of mind.

"We review safety each week – the weekly discussion topic as well as specific learnings from jobs that we are managing.  In addition, we adopted the same safe driving practice as California utility customer – no cell phone use (hands free or not) while driving, and we are pushing the team to a higher level of accountability around safe driving practices," explained Anita Davidoo Shahbaz, L2CMS' Director of Operations. "We openly share the weekly driving reports. This visibility and openness definitely drives discussion and change."
"Safeguarding our employees, following the safe driving practices and overall driving accountability has helped our team achieve this milestone," said Sarah Douglas, Director of the Professional Services Division.

This is a lofty milestone to achieve, and the L2CMS team plans to keep pushing for another incident-free year ahead. "We are a team, we support each other, and keep an open and safe forum to share our safety experiences. Often, we are described as "back office support" but we drive a lot of miles to get permits, meet onsite to work through construction issues, perform onsite inspections, and meet with contractors, clients, and our utility’s customers," Anita said.

"I am proud of the L2CMS team for achieving this milestone and look forward to another event free year in 2019," Sarah said.

INTREN Think SafetyThis industrious group went 2 years also without a major safety incident. In fact, the last incident occurred in November of 2016. This is a tremendous feat with the amount of different work the team does day in and day out. In 2018, the team worked about 80% on our utility customer’s Ag program and other projects, and 20% on California High Speed Rail work; in 2019 Regional Vice President, West Jason Combs foresees the team switching the division of labor with most of it focusing on the California High Speed Rail work and less on the Ag program and other project work.

Obtaining this milestone is only possible if each and every team member keeps safety a top priority. "We're all very proud of our team in the Central Valley of California for reaching the milestone of two years incident-free," said Jason. "This group is setting the benchmark for other team on the West Coast and the company."  INTREN’s Fresno team members include Project Manager Reinaldo Mendoza, Project Coordinator Lindsey Nail, General Foreman Shane Harding, Foremen Christopher Smith and Steven Blevins, Journeymen Linemen Timothy Laffoon, Jessy Schoonover, Jeremy Tanner and Gary Henley, and Operator Matthew Stephens.

Intren Lattice Tower Construction by HelicopterIn September, our Illinois transmission team took helicopter training from English Air Services in preparation for a Transmission project in Central Illinois, which was recently completed. INTREN Marketing Manager Mary Smith caught a personal glimpse of our crew training – with 60 pounds of gear strapped to their waists on a bone-chilling 17-degree day, the crews took to the skies as if they were stepping on to a San Francisco trolley to complete the job. No fear, just hyper-focused on the task at hand.

Project 1: Fiber Optic Installation Between Substations

The project entailed hanging shield wire arms on top of 345 kV wooden H-structures and installing a dolly to pull the fiber optic in using the existing static wire. The men flew through the air on a helicopter cable referred to as the “long line”, which placed them on top the H-Structure. They then pre-drilled holes, so when the helicopter flew back with the 600-pound rail and landed it, the men could secure it to the structure. The project was 49.7 miles long and included 17 wire pulls in all. Their primary challenges to working safely were the wind and weather.

Project 2: Lattice Tower Structure Modification Work

In addition to the first project, the customer added on modification work on seven lattice towers, which included replacing attachment hardware for the existing shield wire. Unlike the H-structure work, the men worked off a skid platform, as the helicopter hovered alongside the tower.

Thank You to our INTREN employees who have gone above and beyond…


Project Manager Michael Urban and his gas team of Robert Barr, Anthony Cooper and other crew members, received kudos from our Pennsylvania utility customer recently after installing a gas line in less than 24 hours for an elderly couple, when their oil heater broke suddenly and could not be repaired. Frigid temps in the Pennsylvania area didn’t stop Mike and his team from their task at hand; and to make their Thanksgiving a little bit brighter, they surprised the couple with pumpkin pie and cookies.   


Operator Matt Bourman received recognition from our California utility customer this month for rendering care to a gunshot victim near a jobsite. With safety procedures top of mind throughout, he assisted the victim by using his own belt as a tourniquet to stop bleeding from the man’s femoral artery in his leg. “Matt’s ability to render care helped save the victim’s life… The steps Matt followed by assessing the situation and his surroundings, and putting on gloves before providing care, then cleaning himself after care, ensured he kept himself safe even while still saving the victim. Thank you, Matt, for your focus on safety and your heroic act!” – California utility customer    


Great Horned OwlExtending their pursuit of care and excellence on-the-job, Estimator Seth Melroy, General Foreman Andy Taft and his team, rescued an injured great horned owl near an INTREN yard and transported it safely to the Wildlife Rescue Center in King of Prussia, PA. Thank you for looking out for our feathered friend!


MWE Crew Member Josh Tolle
shared his joy of Halloween by buying and passing out candy to any kids who passed by his Cincinnati jobsite while celebrating on October 31st. This small act of kindness was greatly appreciated by the many children that were lucky enough to pass by Josh that day.
We at INTREN want to thank each of our employees, customers, vendors and community philanthropic organizations for a wonderful 30 years of business together in Chicago, its suburbs and from coast to coast. Our Founder, Loretta Rosenmayer, originally began our company out of her home to provide for her family, but she quickly saw customers with needs she and her team could fulfill.

Over the last three decades she has inspired hundreds of INTREN employees, in what was once a simple trenching company, to grow and transform to offer our customers multifaceted business solutions in the electric, gas and professional services fields. Whether working underground or overhead, or in amazing places in between, our team is challenged to think proactively and give their very best, as reflected in our company motto: OutPerforming. Everyday.

Today, INTREN is 1900 people strong and active in more than 10 states. Our company continues to grow and explore all facets of the energy industry and Loretta’s premise of attentive service, meeting and exceeding customers’ needs, still guides us. Thank you to everyone who has helped Loretta build a strong, nationwide utility service provider committed to excellence and innovative solutions. We consider it a privilege and an honor to work with each of you. Together, we look forward to another sensational 30 years of INSPIRING WHAT’S NEXT!