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Congratulations to INTREN's Midwest South (MWS) Cincinnati Civil Department for completing one year of work incident free on August 31, 2016! This is the second department to reach this milestone in the same week at INTREN – a feat we are very proud to celebrate across the company!

The MWS Cincinnati Civil Department is comprised of 15 employees in the field and office that put in a combined total of over 32,000 man-hours in the past 365 days while working to replace and maintain over 18 manhole rebuilds and repairs, and over 45 key inspections for Duke Energy in Cincinnati, Ohio. INTREN started this civil project work with 3 Laborers and 2 Operators, and has grown to nearly 90 personnel covering civil, submersible and cable replacement.

"Our culture creates a working environment that attracts, develops and retains people who are committed to bringing exceptional value to our customers and is what attracted our dedicated workers in Cincinnati," said INTREN MWS Account Manager, Steve Littrell. "These crews were trained by our experienced leaders who built a team of passionate, caring, hard-working people who believe in and live INTREN's culture of safety and integrity. Their dedication demonstrates to our customer our commitment to completing the job accurately, safely and on-time."

The MWS Cincinnati Civil Department team was led in Cincinnati by Chris Murphy, Project Manager and in St. Louis by Matthew Guenzler, Senior Project Manager. Team members in Cincinnati are Joe Bath, Superintendent, Shane Rudisell, General Foreman, Brett Osman, Foreman Laborer, Phil Kidder, Foreman Laborer, Ron Elam, Laborer, Mike Sinclair, Operator, and Justin Williamson, Lineman.  Steve and his whole team would also like to thank the support that other departments have provided over the last year, from the Safety Department, Support Services and material handlers, to the office personnel that put the jobs together.

We are proud to announce that INTREN’s Midwest Central Boring Department reached a milestone over the weekend.  On Sunday, August 28th, 2016, our crews successfully went one year incident free – a great accomplishment for this department and the leaders from the two boring groups that comprise the MWC Boring Department!

The Cable Replacement Boring and the Directional Bore Crews, a combined effort of 265 people from the department, put in close to 600,000 man hours to reach this remarkable feat!  The success of these two groups can be credited to the safety culture embedded in INTREN’s management and the leaders of the groups – from the top down, everyone involved believes in the culture of safety.

‘We assembled a team to address the issues this department was having in the field.  That team had some tough decisions to make but they built a plan almost three years ago to take a hard look at what they had to do to improve in the field. There were a lot of issues off the bat, but I am happy that the team stuck with their plan and saw it through to the end,” said Sean Hughes, Account Manager Midwest Central.

This team is directed by two different groups – the URD/Cable Replacement Group and the Regional Boring Group. From the Cable Replacement Group, the team was led by Len Coulman, Senior Project Manager, Jason Schmitt, Project Manager, Rick Ryman, Project Manager, Violeta Gonzalez, Assistant Project Manager, Diane Loftin, Assistant Project Manager, Matt Sherry, Superintendent, Joe Hopperstad, General Foreman, Matt McGowan, General Foreman, Chris Tipton, General Manager, Josh Buckley, Foreman, Dan Durling, Foreman, Jeff Gingerich, Foreman, Shawn Keyster, Foreman, Marty Kunz, Foreman, Jason Peters, Foreman, Jimmy Rodriguez, Foreman, Mike Schoon, Foreman, John Taylor, Foreman, Mario Valencia, Foreman, and Don Welch, Foreman.

From the Blanket Boring Group, the team was led by Ben Turk, Project Manager, Matt Sherry Superintendent, Dan Fleck, Foreman, Francisco Flores, Foreman, and Mark Schreiber Foreman.  We also want to thank the support that other departments have given to the MWC Boring Department over the last year, from the Safety Department, Support Services and material handlers, to the back office personnel that put the packages and switching teams together.  

To kick off the month of August, INTREN helped celebrate the fifth anniversary of ComEd’s one-of-a-kind Energy Force program. Energy Force is the country’s first energy-efficiency education program designed for and taught by people with disabilities. Loretta Rosenmayer, CEO and founder of INTREN, attended this celebration that highlighted the dedicated individuals who make up the team and their efforts in helping others be more energy efficient.

ComEd launched this program five years ago and to this day, it is the first and only program organized by a U.S. utility company designed to specifically help empower individuals with developmental disabilities. The program focuses on teaching people how to reduce their electricity and save money as well as how to educate others to do the same.

Driven by core values of employee empowerment and a focus on sustainability, INTREN is proud to support ComEd’s Energy Force program and work towards a more energy efficient world. 

On Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016, INTREN participated in the 2016 Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Funds 15th Annual Golf Classic & Silent Auction! INTREN employees out of the New Berlin, Wisconsin office participated in this event.

The Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund (KWW/CF) is a statewide non-profit charitable effort that steps in and keeps the heat and power on for thousands of elderly, people with disabilities, veterans and working families with young children in crisis. As a result of generous public, private, business and individual support, KWW/CF provides preventative services and the financial assistance necessary to avert energy-related crisis situations.

The Golf Classic & Silent Auction helps around 2,500 people annually including veterans, elderly, disabled and working families with young children keep the heat and power on in their homes thanks to the participation and generosity of companies like INTREN! As an industry leader in stewardship, INTREN is proud to help support our local communities.

INTREN recently attended the 14th Annual Swing for Kids' Sake Golfing Outing in Boulder Ridge to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. The day was filled with auctions, contests, golf and very hot weather!

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Through this program, volunteers have the opportunity to mentor children in communities across the country. Through this mentorship, positive relationships are developed between the mentors (“Bigs”) and the children (“Littles”) that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. Big Brothers Big Sisters truly believes that every child has the potential to achieve success in life. INTREN wholeheartedly supports Big Brothers Big Sisters and is proud to have our very own INTREN “Bigs!”


Call before you dig! Thursday, August 11th (8/11), marks National 811 Day, a day to remind us to always dial 811 before digging and as the first step in the damage prevention process. One-Call organizations across the country have teamed up to recognize today as National 811 Day in order to create awareness and better publicize the law with regard to excavating. As a leader in the utility construction industry and a member of JULIE’s Illinois One Call System’s board and the Underground Contractor’s Association (UCA) board, INTREN is a proud supporter and advocate of the 811 “Call Before You Dig” campaign across the Midwest as well as the country.

It is important for homeowners and contractors alike to call 811 before digging in order to prevent unintentional accidents caused by hitting underground utility lines. According to call811.com, “digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities can result in damage to gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines, which can lead to service disruptions, serious injuries, and costly repairs.”  811 is a national call center, you can dial the number 811 from anywhere in the country prior to digging and your call will automatically be routed to your local call center.

Approximately 38.6 million people will dig this year without first calling 811 to have underground utility lines marked (call811.com). Consequently, the number one reason for damages to utility lines is due to not calling 811 before digging.

As a leader in the construction industry, INTREN wants everyone to remember the importance of always calling before you dig. Whether you are digging for utility work or just digging to plant some flowers, you always need to call 811 a few days ahead to ensure safe digging. 

The Green Hard Hat program is just one of the initiatives implemented by our Safety & Quality Department at INTREN to ensure the safety of all our crew members. This program identifies new workers through the use of green hard hats to communicate to our other experienced employees and our subcontractors of their status. This also denotes that INTREN's experienced and dedicated employees will need to mentor them during their first few months working for our company.

Towards the end of June, Simon Dawson, Safety Professional, took a trip to see the crew in working Sleepy Hollow, Illinois and met one of INTREN's most recent Green Hard Hat graduates, Derek Doty.  "I feel like it was easier to ask questions and the guys on my crew were more willing help me out since they knew I was a new apprentice," said Derek Doty, now Apprentice Level 1.  "It's good to understand who is new to the trade and for my guys to pay a little closer attention to him, especially if he goes to another crew," stated Foreman Ken Hedrick.  Pictured are Foreman Ken Hedrick (left) giving Derek Doty (right) his new white hard hat.

Before graduating from INTREN's Green Hard Hat Program, one must pass the final evaluation conducted by a General Foreman. The evaluation covers a variety of topics, including being able to identify hazards, determining the right PPE required for each task, understanding various rules and guides in regards to digging and proper work area protection, following all DOT regulations when driving, as well as other various items. This evaluation also covers their knowledge and understanding of OSHA, Federal, State, and Local Laws, along with INTREN company policies. The final step before graduation takes into account the person's work ethic and character to ensure a harmonious fit for INTREN and the employee.

INTREN's Green Hard Hat Program promotes safety while providing quality training – two aspects of INTREN's core values. By providing a safe and smooth transition from the beginning of the program until graduation, INTREN is creating an environment to help grow workers' knowledge of the field while instilling safe practices.

On Monday, July 18th, a number of INTREN employees swung their clubs for the 5th Annual Raue Center for the Arts' President's Golf Classic! This year's golf outing took place at the Bull Valley Golf Club in Woodstock, Illinois. The fundraiser provided great memories, countless laughs, and supported the Raue Center's largest fundraising initiative.

Raue Center for the Arts is an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of all through the arts and 100% of their proceeds benefit the Rau Center's youth programs. These programs include Mission Imagination and Sage Studio, which serves 25,000 of the area's youth each year. The historical theater has been holding impressive shows and events dating all the way back to 1929.

One of the many people who work behind the scenes to ensure the Raue Center's success is INTREN's very own Matthew Turk, Executive Vice President of Operations & Business Development, who serves on the Raue Center's Advisory Council. As a longtime supporter of the Raue Center for the Arts, Matthew Turk was surprised when presented by Richard Kuranda, Raue Center Executive Director, with an award winning painting of the Raue Center thanking him for all of his support and dedication.

 

On Thursday, July 28th, 20 INTREN Fleet, Yard, and Supply employees took part in Industrial Lift Truck and Rough Terrain Fork Lift Training performed by JJ Keller. This training has two components: an hour and a half long formal class training and a practical exam, in which the attendee must demonstrate their proficiency in the safe operation and material handling of the specified equipment. Training was done in the morning and afternoon to accommodate the different shifts of the Fleet Services employees. The certification that each attendee receives upon completion of the training is valid for up to 3 years. 

INTREN's Mike Tilley, Safety Professional/CHST, received Train the Trainer training and is authorized to train new hires in the future one-on-one.

INTREN's internal POWER Group (Promoting Of Women in Energy Roles) met on Thursday, July 28th. This session's focus was on recapping the MEA’s Energetic Women's Conference in Houston, Texas.

Midwest ENERGY Association’s (MEA) Energetic Women is a program aimed to help prepare women within the energy industry for leadership roles in operations and engineering.  They help this initiative by encouraging leadership growth and development, mentoring, sharing information and expertise, and inspiring and supporting women in the industry.

The meeting kicked off with Carrie Lucas, ERP Support Analyst, discussing the industry news.  The recap of the four breakout sessions from the conference were presented by Carrie Lucas, ERP Support Analyst, Maggie Williams, Fleet Administration Coordinator, Chelsey Ball, Project Coordinator, Heather Bakke, Project Coordinator, Jessica Kinchus, Project Coordinator, and Ashley Hunter, Assistant Project Manager.  There was then a discussion of the two key note speakers from the conference presented by Christina Mazhary, Human Resources Manager, Christina Curtis, Assistant Project Manager, and Karolina Korzec, Project Coordinator.

It was a great opportunity for everyone who wasn't able to go to MEA's Energetic Women's Conference this year to be able to get a glimpse into what this conference offers and what it means to be an Energetic POWER-ful woman!