- Category: Industry News
Through the company’s cornerstone of stewardship, INTREN looks at participation in industry associations in the same way it does charitable organizations. INTREN has strategically placed itself as a leader by hiring and training experienced individuals in the gas distribution field and encouraging them to take on leadership roles. Within the company’s gas division, three of its top, client-facing employees have gone above and beyond to help influence decisions that will impact the gas industry for years to come.
“Our participation in organizations like the Midwest Energy Association (MEA), Distribution Contractors Association (DCA), and the American Gas Association (AGA), are crucial to INTREN’s growth in the industry and in fulfilling our clients growing needs,” said Lloyd Gillespie, INTREN’s Business Development Manager. “Encouraging INTREN employees to join and contribute to these organizations not only helps INTREN make an impact on the organization in the industry, but serves as a way to get ahead of regulations and new technologies in the industry. Our goal is to continually provide new, innovative solutions for our customers.”
Gillespie, a 40-year veteran of the gas industry who specializes in the replacement and maintenance of aging gas distribution systems, is on the Gas Advisory Committee of the MEA. This allows Gillespie to participate in key decisions that the MEA Gas is making. Participation also provides guidance relative to the MEA Gas summit training sessions held annually.
Steve Canestrini, INTREN’s Operator Qualifications Manager, is on the MEA’s Gas committee, which oversees the Operator Qualifications (OQ) throughout the industry.
Doug Anderson, INTREN’s Gas Account Manager, is on a scholarship committee for the DCA which helps provide funds, via a scholarship, to a student who is attending a vocational or technical college. Anderson also participated on the DCA’s Directional Drilling Committee in previous years. Anderson’s leadership position in the DCA places INTREN in a position to help shape guidelines and standards in the gas distribution industry.
“I am very proud and excited to work with such experienced gas professionals who are committed to the integrity and advancement of the industry,” said Jeff Nauman, INTREN’s Vice President of Gas Operations. “INTREN’s success has always been built on the leadership and strength of its valued employees.”
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INTREN is committed to environmental, economic and social sustainability throughout its organization. From agreeing to participate in the Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance (EUISSCA) in 2011, to making long-term investments in technology and techniques that reduce emissions, INTREN has made significant investments to stay ahead of customer demands.
Last year, Loretta Rosenmayer, along with other CEOs from major corporations, met with President Obama to discuss the American Business Act on Climate Pledge. From this meeting, INTREN set forth efforts to further impact the company’s effect on climate change. To date, INTREN has:
- Developed an Environmental and Sustainability Programs Department focused on INTREN’s efforts for a sustainable future, led by Tim Ayers, Director of Safety & Quality and Kiwanda Evans, Environmental and Program Administrator.
- Purchased 50% clean, renewable energy for its offices across the nation.
- Opened 6 satellite offices to reduce employee commute time and Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG). From 2014 to 2015, INTREN has reduced GHG emissions by 8% in relation to employee commute times.
- Reduced idle time of field vehicles by 3% and is making an active effort to increase education and awareness of its vehicles’ effects on GHG emissions.
- Added 23 eco-friendly vehicles to its fleet with 17 of these vehicles for INTREN’s Construction Management Solutions Division, L2CMS, which will reduce CO2 output by 50% for this region. INTREN plans to add 6 more eco-friendly vehicles by the end of 2016.
- As of July 2016, transitioned to a paperless process for on-boarding new hires. The Human Resources Department successfully transitioned 46 paper forms into electronic forms. This transition saves 56,000 sheets of paper per year, 3,000 kWh of energy, and 5,000 gallons of waste-water annually.
The Environmental and Sustainability Programs Department is also investigating the environmental impact of using non-potable water for boring and the effect it might have on the environment. INTREN has also begun repurposing old equipment and electronics by selling them to employees at a fraction of the cost. INTREN has also begun looking into repurposing pieces of material from field.
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INTREN has partnered with Predictive Solutions to integrate our current audit tool into Safety Net - the next generation of capturing job-site observations. INTREN’s supervision invests large amounts of time evaluating employee behaviors and plans to invest in capturing more accurate information, analyzing the data and providing improved intelligence available from these efforts. INTREN believes deeper analysis of these visits can further determine what may happen in the future, and will ultimately help prevent incidents.
The Safety Net program will use web-based data entry that is built to be intuitive allowing observers to quickly enter all the information identified in real-time. The observer can target specific areas for improvement, easily add photographs, comments, the severity level for each individual finding, and create a safer work environment for everyone.
When reviewing, INTREN supervisors can see specific risks where they will want to focus their improvement efforts. Supervision will be alerted of high risk findings via Safety Net’s automated communication protocol upon being entered by any observer facilitating teamwork, swift response and resolution.
Once we begin loading INTREN’s observations into Safety Net, our data will be compared and evaluated against thousands of other Safety Net observers across the nation. The result will be a true team effort in driving all of us towards a future of zero incidents.
“Zero injuries is the goal we are all ultimately working toward. The path to zero requires us to understand areas that require our attention and improvement,” said Tim Ayers, INTREN’s Safety & Quality Director. “We were looking for a tool that allows us to easily enter this information, while on the job-site. Equally as important is the ability to sift through our data and determine where we need to focus our improvement efforts. We feel Safety Net is that tool.”
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Our women of INTREN are forward thinking, committed, and confident as demonstrated by INTREN’s POWER Group (Promoting Of Women in Energy Roles). These talented women encourage leadership growth and development through an exchange of information, expertise, and training. Although, all women throughout the company are invited to attend, senior management and various department personnel are also welcome to join in as topic facilitators, guest speakers or as guests.
This diversity-related initiative is just one of several programs sponsored by INTREN in an effort to build a stronger and more inclusive organization that attracts and retains emerging leaders.
Program results are measured by action, not merely the passage of time. INTREN women are involved in a variety of company-wide committees, community projects and industry events. Additionally, the company has gone well beyond awareness as it continues to have open conversations about topics that were seldom discussed before. Finally, and most importantly, women continue to advance into leadership positions within the company. Most notably within the past few months:
- Sarah Douglas, Director, L2CMS
- Kiwanda Evans, Environmental and Program Administrator
- Brenda Gunnick, Account Manager, Midwest Region North/West
Diversity breeds innovation and INTREN’s industry presence demands a national mindset. Most recently, members of the POWER Group attended both the MEA Energetic Women’s Conference in Houston, Texas as well as the WBENC National Conference in Orlando, Florida. Both events centered on encouraging leadership growth and development, mentoring, sharing information and expertise. All while inspiring and supporting women in the industry.
The POWER Group is a clear example of how INTREN continues to change the industry’s attitude toward female employees. By offering challenging, interesting positions as a top motivator for staying in non-traditional fields and investing in personal development, the company continues to build retention and advance its focus on diversity.
- Category: Stewardship News
As a company, we believe that there is no better way to embrace the future than by dedicating ourselves to serve. INTREN is a company that is ingrained in a culture of service. We take stewardship seriously and see our role as helping to protect and promote the many valuable organizations that serve the industry and the public each and every day. Through this process, we continue to build strength for the next generation.
During the previous months, INTREN and its employees have contributed to hundreds of worthy organizations throughout the country and logged countless hours of community service. From inspiring young minds to helping needy and deserving people throughout the world, INTREN is on the front lines helping to create a positive change - expanding the collective understanding of “community”. Our shared passion for service has helped us accomplish remarkable things, together…as a team.
INTREN’s Stewardship initiatives this year represent:
Year after year, INTREN has continually partnered with nonprofit organizations nationwide to support numerous initiatives. From education, arts and cultural activities, to environmental, and health and human services, our commitment spans throughout the country…as well as throughout the world. The INTREN stewardship commitment has become the foundation for our company values, vision, and mission that guides management decisions and actions. It is not just “window dressing,” they are our guiding principles of our business that are lived every day. By incorporating this approach into the very fabric of INTREN’s culture, we have succeeded in earning the respect and support of peers, customers and the communities they serve.
One such example is with the Underground Construction Association (UCA) who recently presented INTREN with its Contractor of the Year Award. This prestigious honor represents companies who consistently offer long-time support, dedication and commitment to the Association.
“INTREN contributes to over 75 different causes throughout the state, nationally and internationally.” Michael Wiedmaier – UCA Executive Director
INTREN continues to build awareness of the many benefits obtained by stewardship. Our stewardship initiatives and outcomes are continually reviewed to insure company goals and objectives are met.
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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.
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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.
- Category: Stewardship News
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.
- Category: Stewardship News
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.
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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!”