Stewardship has always been the cornerstone of which INTREN was founded and we take great pride in supporting charitable organizations within our communities. In the month of October for the last seven years, we have supported Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a fundraising campaign among our employees.
This year we have chosen to support two national breast cancer non-profit organizations. They are the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which focuses heavily on research and prevention efforts for the disease, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation, that provides ongoing breast cancer education, screening, resources and support for those fighting the disease and their families.
When an employee donates to one of these worthy causes, they have the option to get a pink inspired INTREN hard hat, safety glasses, tee-shirt or face mask.
Every year we surpass our goal and it is a tribute to the caring employees of INTREN that look forward to participating each year for such a worthy cause.
Nicor Gas, Quad County Urban League, NPL, KS Energy Services and INTREN are conducting a six-week, unpaid job-readiness program to prepare you for entry-level work in the utility industry. The session runs from September 14 -October 23, 2020, 9 a.m. - noon Monday - Friday and is limited to 25 participants, so apply now!
Here is a shout out to the St. Louis 8U St. Clair Sluggers, which INTREN sponsored this year! According to General Foreman Anthony Garrett, "The boys have worked super hard this season only to be cut short by the epidemic and continue to work at practice despite no games in the near future. The dedication and pride they show are very reminiscent of the way INTREN goes about every day in the industry. We also wanted to give a special shout out to (Regional Director) Matt Guenzler for his enthusiastic support. It is very much appreciated!"
Living INTREN's core values of stewardship, integrity, employee empowerment, safety, and customer focus are the criteria for being nominated for the Loretta Award. Created in honor of our founder, Loretta Rosenmayer, we are proud to announce that the 2020 award recipients are Billing Administrator Patty Cassens and Regional Fleet Manager Mary Lucarelli. Both outstanding women exemplify the traits that Loretta founded her company on.
Patty Cassens. "They are many reasons why Patty is deserving of this special award, said President and CEO Kelly Tomblin. During a very busy time, Patty galvanized a group of employees and led an effort for 'Feed Our Starving Children' where we packed meals for malnourished kids around the world". For me, it was one of the most powerful things I have ever done. Patty has also been consistently outperforming at work, while being a big part of the community, such as the Cultural Leadership Team. She is always helping others and when people need a friend, she lends an ear. We recognize you and we love you and thank you for doing Loretta's work."
Mary Lucarelli. "I could talk for an hour about all the good things I could say about Mary," said Fleet Services Director Chris Triplett. "Anybody that knows her knows that she lives and breathes for INTREN. It doesn't matter whether it is work-related or a personal issue- for us in fleet, she is our most trusted agent. If you take her a problem, the first thing-guaranteed- out of her mouth is 'what can I do to help'. She is sincere and genuine and appreciates all of us and I can't think of anybody who embodies the spirit of this company any more than Mary."
Congratulations to both Patty and Mary! Thank you for all you do and for the tremendous impact you make on INTREN and our world.
Recognized by Team as #INTRENStrong
California Journeyman Linemen and General Foremen Justin Smith and his brother Travis, along with Foreman Tim Fisher, have taken their love of line work and established a scholarship fund for their 200- person hometown of Cusick, Washington. In its second year, the men award one scholarship per year based on a written essay, recommendation letters, resume, and an interview with Avista Line Construction School located in Spokane, Washington.
Originally a logging town, Cusick is fifty-miles north of the school and houses a paper mill and short-line railroad community. Who knew that this 30-home town would become a hotbed for linemen recruitment!
“So far, we have had ten Cusick residents become linemen,” said Justin Smith. “At one point, we had six in our INTREN yard at one time! Currently, both of my foremen are from my hometown, and along with Travis, that makes five of us.”
What inspired you to start the scholarship? It was interesting that so many of us have followed the same path from a small town in Washington. We just wanted everyone to know that we are here. It is so much easier to get started when you know people.
When the other guys came to California, they would call me for help. We thought that if we kept on filtering the information back to our hometown more people would come down. It would be nice to have them in California and at the same time, do something good for our community. The scholarship evolved from there. Of all the things you can spend money on, the scholarship is one of the most satisfying.
Why did you become a lineman? I didn’t know anything about the profession until I was in my 20’s. I went to work on a ranch. The owner was a lineman who owned a few companies. I got to know him and met other linemen that have done well in their life, so I was inspired to do the same thing.
How did your brother follow in your footsteps? Although Travis is nine years younger, he was only three years behind me in training. I was doing my California/Nevada JATC apprenticeship in California when he came to live with me and on the weekends, he would go to line school with me. Travis was always around and a hard worker, so they wrote him a recommendation letter and finally let him in the school, officially. He ‘volunteered’ to go to school, so they figured he was a good candidate!
What would you say to those contemplating a career as a lineworker? There is a lot of freedom to be being a lineman and it is extremely rewarding. You are constantly moving around to different places while getting paid and getting to see things that many people won’t see in their lives.
How is your team #INTRENStrong? Being from the same hometown, we are like one big family and always doing things for each other. I have my brother and the other foreman are also basically like brothers and we give. Whether we work 3x harder than the next guy, we do whatever it takes to keep the team going. It is nice being a part of something like that.
“We are so proud of these men, who not only continue to outperform every day at work but live INTREN’s values of stewardship, integrity and empowering others, said Kelly Tomblin, President & CEO of INTREN.
INTREN Executive Vice President Matthew Turk, also added, “When I met these men, I was immediately taken with their sense of camaraderie and teamwork, while having each other’s back. They exemplify the values that our company was founded upon while promoting the lineworker profession.”
Congratulations for all do and for being recognized by your peers as #INTRENStrong!
INTREN has always stood on the belief that we all bring something unique to the workplace and the world. During this time when conversations are focused on the value of that diversity, we thought it would be great to see the world through the eyes of our children!
The blank coloring page that you can download will give your children an opportunity to express how the world looks to them. Together, we can continue to remind each other of the great mosaic we live and learn in!
Click Here to download a sheet to print and color!