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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! 

Perfect for summertime, INTREN recently sponsored an Adirondack chair for the Marengo-Union Chamber of Commerce's 2016 Summer Art Exhibit & Auction. The Chamber is holding this auction to help raise money for the Marengo-Union community, and as a local company, INTREN is doing our part to support them.

The amazing local artist Peggy Gannon created this one-of-a-kind artwork for INTREN. Her work is dedicated to turning simple places into something beautiful and this is exactly what she did for the Adirondack chair!

The chair will soon be placed in Marengo or Union for the viewing along with other local businesses' Adirondack chairs. Make sure you check out this great piece of art, as well as all the other chairs for the Chamber's auction!

For more information on how to bid on any of the Adirondack chairs donated to the Chamber, please visit: http://www.marengo-union.com/

As part of the Rock River Project, INTREN previously removed two three-pole structures on the north and south ends of the Rock River in Prophetstown, Illinois due to their decrepit condition and the safety hazards they posed. Crews from INTREN's Distribution Overhead led by Bill Nightingale, Senior Project Manager, and Jeff Vesley, General Foreman, worked diligently, efficiently, and safely to replace the old wooden structures with two new 70' steel structures. Using a 60 ton crane to place the two-piece structures on the cement foundations securely, initially the crews pulled the wire across the Rock River via boat to connect the towers. Next, they installed new 477 ACSR conductors for the 34kV lines that spanned between the towers and finished the installation later in the week.

 

As a forward thinking company, INTREN believes in continually investing in the future of our communities and employees.  Our comprehensive summer internship program is just one of the ways in which we achieve this goal.  This program engages and challenges each intern by providing hands-on training as well as showcasing the behind-the-scenes work that pushes a company towards success. 

In order to best serve our customers, our employees in the field must be supported by a wide range of diverse and talented individuals in the office.  The INTREN internship program helps with this initiative of strengthening both our field and office presence by providing a variety of positions within the business.  The various roles within the program range from finance and marketing to overhead and construction management.  The majority of the interns are currently pursuing higher education in the respective fields of their internship.

This summer, INTREN hired 12 interns across our office locations of Union, Woodstock, Bolingbrook, and Franklin Park.  Meet the fresh new faces of our INTREN’s interns:


Zachary Adcock & Devin Allbright - Construction Management Interns
Dylan Ayers - Journeymen Mechanic
Nicole Bertrand & Samantha Reis - Marketing Intern
Brendan Juno - IT Intern
Humberto Marquez - HR Support Intern
Taylor Nightingale & Shelby Young - Overhead Interns
Rudy Rosenmayer, Jr. - Cable Faults Intern
Jeremy Schneeweis - Finance Intern
Jordan Sutton - Underground Electrical Intern

Late last year Loretta Rosenmayer, Founder and CEO of INTREN, was given the opportunity to meet with President Obama and other industry leaders to discuss the White House's initiative for climate change. INTREN left that meeting with a pledge to reduce our impact on the environment by reducing our GHG emissions annually, purchasing clean renewable electric energy for our offices nationwide, and opening local offices to reduce office employee commute time.  INTREN is happy to announce that we are moving forward towards meeting our goals.

Since establishing these initiatives, INTREN has replaced a number of vehicles used by L2CMS, INTREN’s Construction Management Solutions Division, with more eco-friendly vehicles. This change alone will reduce the CO2 output for this group by almost 50%.  For our offices, INTREN has purchased 50% renewable electric energy which is energy produced from sources that are not depleted when used, such as wind or solar power.  Also, we have opened several new office locations and continue to find strategic locations across the country that will help reduce commute time.

There are many more initiatives in the works that will help INTREN’s sustainability efforts environmentally, economically, and equitably which we will pursue to improve our sustainability practices.

 

Congratulations to INTREN’s Samantha (Randby) Ronding for graduating from the Missouri Valley Line Constructors Apprenticeship Training Program in May 2016 to Lineman.  Samantha joined INTREN in April 2014 as an apprentice while continuing to study and train with crews from our New Berlin, Wisconsin office as well as on special projects in Illinois.

Samantha, a native of Duluth, Minnesota, grew up with an interest in the electrical industry that was influenced by her father who was a cableman and her grandfather who was a troubleshooter for Minnesota Power. Samantha jokes that her enthusiasm for working in the field must have just run in the family.  “One night, when I was away at lineman school and doing homework, I got a text from my dad. ‘I’m proud of you’, was all it said, but those four words meant the world to me.” Samantha claimed that it was that text from her father that cemented her decision to become a lineman.  In May, Samantha accomplished her dream of becoming a lineman and couldn’t be happier. 

During her apprenticeship, she was assigned to an INTREN crew to gain hands-on training in the field while also attending regular classroom instructions.  Classes included safety, electrical theory, circuitry, and transformer connections, among many others.  While advancing through the seven steps of the apprenticeship program, apprentices are also required to work full time over four years, which roughly translates to around 7,000 hours of experience.  Samantha said that she had to learn along the way and realize that in order to get better she first had to gain experience and learn to “try, try, try again.”  While the program did not come without its challenges, Samantha said, “that as long as you keep trying, you’ll eventually get to where you want to be.” As for the challenges she currently faces being a woman working in a male dominated field, Samantha stated that she hasn’t encountered many challenges.

Samantha (Randby) Ronding is a prime example of how hard work and determination leads to success. Having completed her journey to become the third generation of linemen in her family, Samantha is currently working for INTREN in New Berlin, Wisconsin.  When asked how she feels about becoming a full fledge journeyman lineman, Samantha said, “It feels good to finally be here.”

Did you know that statistics show that women account for only 8.9% of the construction workforce today, or of the 6,625,000 people working in the construction industry, 589,625 are women?  That is why we are more than proud to have Sam as part of the INTREN family working to OutPerform. Everyday. for our customers and our communities!

In June, INTREN’s Matthew Turk, Executive Vice President of Operations & Business Development, and Dennis Bednarski, Midwest Regional Vice President of Operations, attended EEI’s Annual Convention in Chicago. 

Organized in 1933, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is an association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies.  Members of EEI are responsible for providing electricity for 220 million Americans and directly employing nearly 500,000 workers.  This association seeks to provide public policy leadership, strategic business intelligence, and essential conferences and forums to help strengthen the members of this industry.

One of these conferences, the EEI Annual Convention, is the electric utility industry’s premier networking event that attracts roughly 1,000 registrants.  This three-day conference focuses on cutting-edge industry news and has featured famous headliners in the past, such as former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, as well as Warren Buffet and Condoleezza Rice.

As an associate member of EEI, INTREN jumped at the opportunity to attend this conference. Matthew Turk stated, “It was great to network with other EEI members and learn about the innovative technology and advances that have been made in the electric utility industry.”