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Another great day was spent with the kids at the John R. Tibbott Elementary School in Bolingbrook, Illinois on Tuesday, January 24th for INTREN’s 6th JA-In-A-Day.  Twenty-nine INTREN volunteers taught 19 different classes ranging from kindergarten to third grade, for a total of over 520 students, the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement's (JA) programs—in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy—ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.

As you can see by the photos below, all of our volunteers enjoyed their time with the kids at Tibbott!  Thank you to all our wonderful INTREN volunteers for another great JAID!!

Illinois-Based Utility Contractor Now Works on Power lines from Power Generation to Home Delivery 

With 29 years built on servicing the nation’s energy distribution needs, utility contractor INTREN has made its electrical services full circle for utilities as it announces the creation of its Electric Transmission department. Traditionally operating as a contractor for utilities substation and distribution needs, the addition of its electric transmission service offering provides INTREN the opportunity to work on all power lines from energy generation to delivery at a home or business.

“For an organization that does distribution power and substations already, offering transmission services is the next logical step in our business model,” said Regional Vice President Jason Combs. “INTREN has developed a team that consists of management and field personnel with vast transmission experience and knowledge. The flexibility and mobility of our workforce will be key while discussing work with our partners nationwide.”

Combs, who has been with INTREN since 2013, will oversee the electric transmission department made up of field personnel and management with vast transmission experience and knowledge. Combs brings over 20-years’ experience in both in both transmission and distribution systems. The department will be stationed in Concord, Cali., and serve as a hub for all operations nationwide.

“This new service aligns perfectly with INTREN’s vision to continue to be a steward within the industry and communities in which we serve,” said Director of Business Development James Althoff. “There is a need for qualified and capable contractors to perform this transmission work. The development and implementation of this transmission department is just another solution INTREN brings to the table to fulfill our clients’ needs.”

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Brian Carlin Hired as Account Manager to Head New Midwest East Division

To further key partnerships with utilities in Midwest and East Coast states, nationwide utility contractor INTREN has announced the creation of a new division, Midwest East, and the appointment of Account Manager Brian Carlin.

“This group has a successful track record of completing work that others fear or simply cannot do,” said Carlin. “Our team looks forward to building relationships based off not just one discipline or capability, but multiple disciplines to show value and establish trust.”

Leading the new division, Carlin, who was previously the director of utilities with an established utility provider in northwest Ohio, will bring with him 27 years of experience. Carlin has held several positions in the industry, including power generation, power sales, water and fiber-optic communication. Based out of Cincinnati, Ohio, Carlin and the newly established division will continue work in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky.

“Carlin’s extensive experience and relationships in the industry and Midwest region will be an asset to INTREN as we grow this new division,” said Regional Vice President, Midwest, Dennis Bednarski. “We would like to thank Steve Littrell, Account Manager for Midwest South (MWS), for his leadership in fostering this region. The addition of Carlin will allow Steve to support INTREN’s growth in the MWS region.”

INTREN’s divisions are created and named based off the business unit and geographical location of the work and client. This division and region was previously part of INTREN’s Midwest South, led by INTREN Account Manager Steve Littrell. In July 2016, Littrell began the transition with Carlin, scheduled to be completed by February 2017. 

For more information, contact Midwest East Account Manager Brian Carlin.

With environmental concerns being at the forefront of today’s issues, INTREN has made a commitment towards sustainability to help reduce our carbon footprint.  Since 2011, INTREN has participated in the Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance (EUISSCA), which assists in measuring our carbon footprint and setting reduction goals.  Since then, we have also begun to make long-term investments in technology and techniques that reduce emissions, one of those being our idle program.

It has been reported that every engine idling hour can cost up to $1.25 in fuel, which can add up to $456.25 annually if left idling for just one hour every single day.  In addition, research has shown that around 3.8 million gallons of fuel is wasted by idling in the United States per year.  One gallon of gas burned emits around 20 lbs. of carbon dioxide.  Thus, as a result, nearly 76 million lbs. of carbon dioxide is emitted annually in the US due to idling.  In addition to contributing to ground-level ozone, tailpipe emissions can also cause an array of health problems such as lung diseases and cancer. 

After seeing the problems that engine idling can cause, INTREN has taken proactive steps to try to create a cleaner environment. As stated above, our company has made commitments and set goals with regard to reducing energy consumption.  We are encouraging all INTREN employees to help reduce emissions by turning their key to be idle free.  We are also installing GPS trackers and tracking vehicles that idle over 20 hours a week. All of these efforts will help to reduce the environmental and health impacts seen from vehicle idling that affects our own families as well as our customers.  In fact, INTREN has been able to trend our idling downward before winter began where there tends to be a natural spike.

To learn more about INTREN’s commitment to environmental sustainability, please visit http://www.intren.com/index.php/about-us/sustainability

INTREN’s Midwest South Tulsa, Okla., Department Completes 365 Days of Work Without a Safety Incident


Marking the specialty utility contractor’s fourth departmental safety achievement in five months, INTREN’s Midwest South (MWS) Tulsa, Okla., department reached one-year incident-free as of January 13, 2017. The department successfully completed 365 days of work without an OSHA-recordable or an at-fault utility damage.

“The Tulsa division has truly embraced the INTREN safety culture and the company’s values and integrity,” Account Manager Steve Littrell said. “Their drive and determination to do the work correctly and safely is what has allowed us to reach one-year incident-free.”

The INTREN Tulsa department is working for a major utility to replace both primary and secondary network cable and repair/rebuild manholes and vaults in Tulsa’s downtown underground network. To date they have removed  over 16 miles of cable and installed over 10 miles of primary and secondary cable, while repairing 11 manholes and vaults. Upgrading the city’s network cable system will provide improved electrical reliability and is part of a greater plan to bring about economic growth.

“The success of this division and the other divisions who have reached one-year incident-free in the past five months is due in part to the management INTREN has established,” said Regional Vice President, Midwest Dennis Bednarski. “Littrell has excelled in leading our crews not only in Tulsa, but across the Midwest. His ability to identify talent and grow them as leaders is a major factor in our success.” 

In addition to the MWS Tulsa department, INTREN’s Midwest Central (MWC) Boring, MWS Cincinnati Civil Underground and MWC Substation departments reached one-year incident-free in the past five months.

It has been reported that every six minutes in the United States, an underground utility line is damaged during excavation work.  Thus, it is imperative to instill programs and procedures to better ensure the safety of the professionals as well as the community.  As a result, INTREN is proud to say that we have recently renewed our Gold Shovel Standard Certification.  Aligning with INTREN’s motto that “safety is our number one priority,” the mission of the Gold Shovel Standard is to encourage best-in-class performance through the use of better safety management, thorough measurement, and clear reporting. 

The Gold Shovel Standard is a first-of-its-kind program that allows incentives to be targeted directly to individual excavation companies.  The program consists of two parts in which certification is coupled together with a rating system based on the company’s historical performance in excavation.  The goal of this program is to boost effectiveness and improvement within the industry while keeping safety at the forefront. 

In order to gain certification from the Gold Shovel Standard, a company’s policies and procedures must align with the Gold Shovel Standard’s safety initiatives as well as provide safety training.  Additionally, each company is required to have an internal program for investigating and reporting all damages following an incident.  Finally, each company will receive an EICO score, a measure of a company’s caution when excavating near buried infrastructure, to determine how well the company is keeping up with their initiatives.

INTREN is proud to renew our Gold Shovel Standard Certification and continue implementing our safety initiatives in order to better serve our community and ensure that each employee strives to be OutPerforming. Everyday.

For more information on the Gold Shovel Standard, visit http://www.goldshovelstandard.com/

Midwest Central Substation Department Reaches Milestone through Adherence to INTREN's Safety Culture and Overcoming Challenges

What is usually a rare milestone in the utility construction industry has become more common as INTREN celebrates its third department achieving the one-year incident-free mark this year. The milestone is important in itself, but it came at a time when the Midwest Central (MWC) Substation Group was adding additional labor resources and mentoring a subcontractor.

"The crews in the substation department are in a growth phase," said INTREN MWC Account Manager Sean Hughes. "To come on board, embrace our culture, learn our safety processes and procedures and then perform error free is truly remarkable."

Along with growing the INTREN work force, the crews also mentored the minority subcontractor LiveWire, Inc. This team is working with LiveWire, Inc. employees side-by-side on the project who are included in the incident-free effort.

"The achievement is a huge accomplishment and can be attributed to the training, skill and expertise of our field employees and their adherence to INTREN's safety culture," said Lance Rosenmayer, INTREN President. "To do this while also growing another company shows the dedication, integrity and leadership capabilities of this team."

INTREN is an active participant and leader in ComEd's Safety for Life Rules, as well as many other utility providers' safety initiatives. These rules enforce strict safety standards and procedures which INTREN adheres to on all worksites.

One key procedure that has allowed the MWC Substation Group to achieve this one-year incident-free milestone is creating safe work plans. With constant change in work type and environment, safe work plans are generated for every job, calling attention to safety concerns and allowing discussion on how to address those concerns.

INTREN has earned an Honorable Mention in 'Overall Social Media Presence' category of the MEA Member Social Media Awards. The purpose of the awards is to recognize companies that have made significant contributions to the energy industry and customers through exemplary social media achievements.

Specifically they said that "INTREN tell stories with their posts, they are interesting and fun to read…and even though Facebook still has a small reach, INTREN's videos are doing extremely well."

Utility companies, such as ComEd, WEC Energy Group, Ameren and Consumer's Energy were among some of the winners in different categories.

You can read more about the MEA Social Media Awards @ http://www.midwestenergy.org/social-media-awards.html.

Moving into 2017, INTREN continues to expand its footprint and capabilities coast-to-coast with new projects in the Midwest and on the West Coast, discussions of expanding services to the East Coast, as well as the development of a new service offering.

In the Midwest, INTREN was awarded a contract in September with a major Missouri and Kansas-based utility. The project, which began on October 17, 2016, marks the first time INTREN has performed work with this utility. The work entails distribution cable replacement which includes directional boring and underground electrical work. To best serve the needs of the project, INTREN has also opened a management office in Kansas City, Missouri.

On the west coast, INTREN with its professional services department, L2CMS, is participating as a subcontractor with a comprehensive pole replacement program in central California. The program was developed to provide this west coast utility with a consistent, standardized and managed end-to-end solution for their comprehensive pole replacement program that will increase efficiencies and reduce costs.

Working with two additional partners, the project began in early October with planned inspection of more than 35K electrical poles.  In the first half of 2017, L2CMS will manage the project estimating, project planning and closeout portions of the project, while INTREN will work closely with the team to complete the pole replacement portion.

On the East Coast, INTREN is excited to be in discussions with a major utility regarding underground electrical projects with a goal to open an office in Q2 2017.

INTREN is now offering transmission line construction services. Regional Vice President of West Coast Operations Jason Combs, who has expertise with transmission line construction throughout the Midwest and western United States, will assist in leading this new service.

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Tim Ayers, INTREN’s Director of Safety and Quality, was this year's Keynote Speaker at the 50th Annual Conference for the New England Chapter International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) in Burlington, Vermont.  The Chapter reached out to Tim for his presentation on teamwork and leadership, and received a riveting parallel between the Apollo 13 mission and their own work place challenges.

Tim’s presentation focused on his analysis of the Apollo 13 mission and how the challenges the crew experienced were recognized and dealt with using human performance tools, good planning and procedure adherence.

 

One clear take away from the Apollo mission was the teamwork and clear concise communication between mission control and the astronauts. Tim’s presentation paralleled this to how our workforce can interface and ensure total success of our mission using these same tools.

 

While Tim originally developed his presentation for the electric distribution field, ISA identified that his depiction easily transferred to their own workforce.

 

Attendees came out with the understanding of how this approach led to hazard reduction and risk reduction through teamwork and were energized to work together for the success of their own missions.

 

The New England Chapter's mission statement is to promote professional arboriculture, research and awareness of the benefits of trees in New England.

 

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) promotes the professional practice of arboriculture and fosters a greater worldwide awareness of the benefits of trees.

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