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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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In the New Year, INTREN will continue its longtime emphasis on safety and damage reduction with a focus on making investments in a well-trained workforce. We have always taken pride in making safety and customer satisfaction come before profit, and we stand with our clients—new and old—in making our industry one in which it is safe to work.

INTREN’s safety initiatives have been extremely effective with 2016 seeing a 15% improvement under Safety and Quality Director, Tim Ayers’ leadership. The improvement translated into a significant reduction in incidents and accidents.

In 2017, INTREN will continue its three-prong approach to addressing safety and a quality workforce, which includes culture, leadership and big data.

Safety Culture Above All Else

Safety has always been a core value at INTREN. It is ingrained into every aspect of our company. Here are just a few ways we help keep our employees and our customers injury-free.

  1. Mandate INTREN’s “Safety Rules for Life”:
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) always worn when performing critical tasks
    • Establishing and enforcing a 'Zone of Protection’
    • Always testing before touching
  2. Continuously meet confined and enclosed space safety requirements
  3. Utilize our updated job briefs designed to create more discussion prior to starting each day, at midday and when conditions change
  4. Continue to build our ‘Green Hard Hat Program’, which identifies new workers. This allows our experienced employees to mentor them during their initiation period to our culture of safety

Leadership

For those with a good work ethic and who embrace our safety culture, there is always a path to leadership. Here are five ways we train and encourage those future leaders:

  1. Provide an internal Leadership Academy for ongoing training and development led by Human Resources
  2. Help provide individuals with the tools and knowledge needed to understand how their actions in the field affect the business overall through continued leadership training
  3. Promote more effective forms of communication
  4. Develop and promote leaders who are accountable for their actions, while providing them with the ability to trust our culture and share issues, challenges and mistakes, so others can learn from them
  5. Recognize and promote employees who align with our safety goals

Utilize Big Data

INTREN has always been at the forefront in embracing new technology that makes our business more efficient and safe. Here are two of the exciting ways we are using data to make our job sites injury-free.

  1. Utilize new technologies that analyze field and historical data to provide safety insights
  2. Pivot to focus less on using data to describe incidents, but rather to predict and prevent incidents

At INTREN, we believe by refining our culture, empowering leaders and investing in new technologies, we will continue to raise the bar in performance and safety for our customers, while expanding our workforce, for many years to come.

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At INTREN, we are blessed with so much and it is our social responsibility to share it with others. With gratitude in our hearts, we are proud to have worked with many organizations in our community and across the country this year. Below are some of the organizations we have partnered with in 2016. To learn more about these organizations, please click on their logo.

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“Culture defines who we are. If we get it right, we strengthen our ability to live our values, achieve our results and win together. There is no problem we cannot solve together.”
—Loretta Rosenmayer, INTREN Founder & CEO

Every day, INTREN is focused on delivering on the promise of stewardship and diversity.  That is obvious with the 100+ organizations that we sponsor and support every year.  Yet, with all we do externally, we wanted to make sure our intended culture was in alignment with our employees, as well.

To test the impact of our efforts, we recently implemented the first INTREN Culture Survey.  Distributed throughout the entire organization by an independent firm—the survey results provided powerful insight into our employees’ day-to-day experiences at INTREN and in-depth feedback for continued improvement and development.

This candid input will further strengthen our ability to be an integrated, unified and culture-oriented company that OutPerforms. Everyday.

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Recently, JULIE released a new web-based Remote Ticket Entry (RTE) tool that allows excavators to enter and update dig tickets online. Because this new application is web-based, tickets can now be entered from any web-enabled device such as computers or tablets…even phones!

As one of the top five largest Illinois companies that use JULIE, INTREN generates numerous tickets. The remote ticket entry will make that process safer, faster and more efficient.

When the new tool was released, a focused training effort was organized by Matt Kirchman, INTREN's Project Management Office Director, ensuring all users with an RTE account received training on the new system.

"When the new RTE tool became available, we realized that we had a chance to be an industry leader by embracing new technology to help us perform our work more safely and efficiently," says Kirchman. "Not only did we target the group of employees that were using the old desktop application, but we also looked to find people that were previously phoning in tickets. Our goal was to turn them in to RTE users so that they could better provide the information required to get accurate locates on the ground."

Training wrapped up in October, and the tool is now available to all RTE account holders. For more information, visit the Remote Ticket Entry page on the Julie Illinois One-Call System website.

Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) regional publication, ENR Midwest, has named INTREN No. 2 Midwest specialty contractor in 2016, according to its annual Top Specialty Contractors list. This recognition is based off performance and revenue generated by the specialty contractor in 2015.

ENR Midwest’s 2016 specialty contractor lists ranks according to construction revenue in 2015 from specialty contracting in a prime or subcontracting capacity. The company rose two spots in the Top Specialty Contractors list, from No. 4 in 2015 to No. 2 in 2016. The specialty contractor, who specializes primarily in utility construction, exceeded $300 million in revenue in 2015 for the first time in the company’s 28-year history.

“In the last two years INTREN has experienced exponential growth by providing turnkey solutions to utilities’ grid modernization efforts,” said INTREN President Lance Rosenmayer. “Moving up in ENR’s list is another indicator that our company is on the right path in this industry. We look forward to continued growth and furthering our message of stewardship and diversity as we expand our footprint on both the east and west coasts.”

Engineering News-Record also named INTREN No. 53 U.S. specialty contractor in its 2016 Top 600 Specialty Contractors list. INTREN rose 18 spots in the Top 600 Specialty Contractors list, climbing from the No. 71 spot in 2015 to No. 53 in 2016.

INTREN’s movement in both lists in 2016 is primarily due to the contractor’s strong foothold in the Midwest. The specialty contractor was ranked by ENR Midwest as No. 1 in the utility sector and in numerous Midwest states: No. 2 in Illinois, No. 12 in Wisconsin and No. 15 in Missouri. 

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INTREN was proud to be an event sponsor for TEDx StLouis Women on October 27th at the Peabody Opera House. Billed as the biggest women’s event in the St. Louis region, Loretta Rosenmayer, INTREN’s Founder and CEO, gave an inspiring introduction for Juliette Powell, a media entrepreneur/author who has consulted with such companies as the United Nations, Warner Brothers and Cirque du Soleil. 

The event brought together 10 powerful and influential women and one male (who came out clad in red pumps to Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like a Woman”!), all focused on empowering women and inspiring them to take on leadership roles.

Supporting women’s foundations, organizations and events is nothing new to INTREN, a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) certified company. They are proud supporters of the Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), YWCA, Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), the Federation of Woman Contractors (FWC), Energetic Women (MEA), Women’s Energy Summit (WES) and the Women’s Energy Network (WEN). 

INTREN also supports many regional-based organizations, such as Girls 4 Science, Girls in the Game, Turning Point and Home of the Sparrow.

That sense of service and mentorship is what drives Rosenmayer.

“I am passionate about lifting women up," said Rosenmayer. "Some women were not given the gift of a voice. I must speak and I must be bold and I must have courage when I advocate for other women.”

For her immense contribution to women, Rosenmayer has won FWC’s “Women’s Inspiration Award” and CFW’s “Outstanding Corporate Citizen Impact Award” in 2016 and the WBDC’s “Hedy M. Ratner and S. Carol Dougal Legacy Award” in 2015.  She also received the FWC’s President’s Award in 2012, 2009 and 2007.

To learn more about INTREN’s Diversity Mentoring, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Executive Vice President of Operations & Business Development

 

 


Sometimes, speaking with a strong voice just isn’t enough – you need to think bigger. This month, INTREN launched a unique billboard campaign that will be very hard to miss and attract attention from miles around.

“Changing the Face of Construction” brings the benefits of diversity front and center as INTREN CEO, Loretta Rosenmayer, and Stephanie Hickman, President & CEO of Trice Construction celebrate their collaboration in rebuilding and upgrading manholes in the St. Louis area. 

The goal of the campaign is to celebrate women in construction and promote working with diverse joint venture partners, subcontractors and suppliers and raise awareness of the potential benefits that good corporate citizenship brings to communities. 

To learn more about INTREN’s Diversity Mentoring, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Executive Vice President of Operations & Business Development

INTREN’s Midwest Central (MWC) Boring and Midwest South (MWS) Cincinnati Civil Department reached a rare milestone in the utility construction industry, completing one year of work incident-free. INTREN’s MWC Boring Department completed 365 days of work with no incidents as of August 28, 2016. The MWS Cincinnati Civil Department completed 365 days of work with no incidents as of August 31, 2016.  Both departments went one year without an OSHA recordable or an at-fault utility damage.

“This is a major accomplishment for our company and our industry,” Lance Rosenmayer, INTREN's President, said. “It is the training, skill and expertise of our field employees and our safety culture, which has made this accomplishment possible. We share our best practices across our divisions and the industry to promote a higher safety standard. The construction industry continues to change, demanding higher standards of safety and performance. We, as a service provider to our customers, are proud of these two departments’ accomplishments in achieving this milestone in the past year.”

A complete, incident-free year is a rare accomplishment in the construction industry.  The sheer volume and complexity of the work completed has made this a monumental milestone for INTREN. The MWC Boring Department is made up of 265 INTREN employees, and completed almost 600,000 man-hours in the past 365 days while working with ComEd to help maintain and replace 761 miles of direct buried cable across seven Northern Illinois counties.

INTREN’s MWS Department started work with a major electric power holding company in Cincinnati in 2015 with 4 laborers and 1 operator and has grown to nearly 90 personnel covering civil, submersible & cable replacement. The MWS Cincinnati Civil Department is comprised of 11 employees, which successfully completed over 32,000 man-hours incident-free in the past 365 days. In the past year, the civil department completed: 13 manhole ceiling replacements, 10 vault transformer bay restorations, 3 secondary buss room restorations - requiring insulation and isolation, 5 emergent vault and manhole jobs, as well as performing 47 key inspections in Cincinnati, Ohio. All vault work was completed with power on so their customers’ service would not be interrupted.

“These crews were trained by our experienced leaders who built a team of passionate, caring, hard-working people that believe in and live INTREN’s culture of safety and integrity,” said INTREN’s MWS Account Manager, Steve Littrell. “Their dedication demonstrates to our customer our commitment to completing the job accurately, safely and on-time.” 

Much of this success is credited to INTREN’s safety culture and its employees’ commitment to error-free work. INTREN is also an active participant and leader in ComEd’s Safety Rules for Life. Their set of rules enforce strict safety standards and procedures which INTREN adheres to on all work sites.

ComEd’s Safety Rules for Life mandate:

  1. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) always be worn when performing critical tasks
  2. Establishing & enforcing a Zone of Protection
  3. Always testing before touching
  4. Always meeting confined & enclosed space safety requirements

“We feel it is very important every field employee understands and follows INTREN’s safety guidelines and protocols,” Sean Hughes, INTREN’s MWC Account Manager, said. “At INTREN, we believe in identifying best practices, adapting them and strictly enforcing them. We take pride in going above and beyond what is required to keep our crews safe.”

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INTREN has officially completed over 4,000 miles of cable injection and cable replacement for ComEd since 2007 as one of their Contractors of Choice (COC).  Included in this total is ComEd’s Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA) project to modernize and strengthen Northern Illinois’ electrical grid, which began in 2012.

In the past year, INTREN has addressed 772 miles, which is equal to 712 miles of cable replacement and 60 miles of cable injection with its 52 boring crews.  It will put us on target to easily surpass our goal of 777 miles in 2016.

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