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The 2018 CONSTRUCT Graduating ClassINTREN CEO Kelly Tomblin, Executive Vice President of Customer Solutions Matthew Turk and Business Development Manager Lloyd Gillespie recently attended the CONSTRUCT graduation, which featured the largest class of 108 graduates, since its inception.
The 9-week job training program, which is in its 6th year, is focused on increasing the pool of qualified minority candidates for entry-level construction jobs in Illinois. Matthew Turk was also recognized at this year’s event as the architect of this CONSTRUCT program.
“As one of CONSTRUCT’s founding sponsors, it is exciting to watch the program expand and change the lives of so many,” said CEO Kelly Tomblin. “I applaud the construction industry for placing focus on diverse candidates and giving them the training and opportunity to join a significant industry with many options for growth.”
What began with ComEd, 10 companies and three social service agencies has grown to include Illinois' other major utilities - Nicor Gas, Peoples' Gas, 38 companies and eight social service agencies. This year’s curriculum also launched a new Project Management and Planning track, along with the Construction and Skilled Trades.
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At the Underground Contractors Associations (UCA) of Illinois Annual Spring Showcase on Tuesday, April 12th Lance Rosenmayer, President INTREN, Inc. was presented with the UCA's Contractor of the Year Award and Kiwanda Evans, Executive Assistant, Safety & Quality was given a $1,500 scholarship.

UCA's Executive Director, Michael Wiedmaier, presented the awards at the dinner which was held at Venuti's Restaurant in Addison, Illinois.

Mike said of the Contractor of the Year and Lance Rosenmayer –

"This member has been associated or working in the underground contracting business for more than 25 years. A UCA member company since 2000 and on the board since 2013, he regularly attends and sponsors conventions, attends or has company representation at all events, and he actively recruits new members. In addition to the Board of Directors, is involved in or has representation on legislative, Safety /RM/ and Utility committees. His company represents UCA on the Board of JULIE. His philanthropic (stewardship) efforts are a great reflection on himself, his family and the company. They contribute in some way to over 75 different causes throughout the state, country and internationally. They participate in women and minority mentorship programs to encourage employment in the industry. This stewardship is ingrained in the company's culture and sets an example to the Underground contracting industry. Please join me in congratulating Lance Rosenmayer of INTREN as UCA's Contractor of the Year".

April marks the 9th Annual National Safe Digging Month, reminding homeowners and professional excavators in Illinois to call JULIE, Inc. (JULIE) at 811 before every digging project this spring, regardless of the size or depth. This is a free call and service for homeowners, farmers, ranchers, and businesses across the country.  Click here to call any of the One Call Centers in the eight states that INTREN is working: California USANorth811, Illinois1Call, IowaOneCall, Ohio Utilities Protection Service, MissouriOneCallSystem, Pennsylvania811, and Wisconsin Diggers Hotline.

Calling 811 is the most important step when planning to dig anywhere in the United States.  Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.  Call 811 at a few days before you start any digging project.  Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, smart digging means calling 811 before each job.

Striking a single line can cause personal injury, environmental or property damage, repair costs and inconvenient outages. According to state law, every digging project, no matter how large or small, requires a call to 811. Planting a tree or shrub, installing a mailbox and building a deck are all examples of projects that require a call to 811. This is a free call and service.

Illinois’ JULIE, Inc. (Julie) is promoting National Safe Digging Month activities throughout the month of April.  In addition to the seeing information on their website at, residents should be on the look-out for 811 banners and "Call Before You Dig" messages on fire department signs and other venues across the state.

Illinois’ JULIE's call center agents are available to receive and process requests 24 hours a day, seven days a week. E-Request is also a convenient option for homeowners who prefer to enter their own locate requests via

Based in Joliet, the not-for-profit organization Illinois’ JULIE, Inc. represents more than 1,880 members.  For an explanation of the color-code markings and more information, visit or follow "JULIE1call" on Facebook and Twitter.


On Monday, April 4th, ComEd held it’s first-ever Supplier Diversity Awards Luncheon at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago.  Nearly 40 companies were nominated in 6 categories with 16 entrepreneurs selected as award finalists. The event showcased successful minority, veteran and women-owned suppliers that are helping to drive community and economic development across Northern Illinois.

ComEd’s Supplier Diversity Awards recognized high-quality suppliers for their performance in areas ranging from job creation to storm support and diversity supplier mentoring, training and development. Award categories included Overall Performance for Construction Services, Overall Performance for Materials/Professional Services, Rising Star Award, Advocacy Award, Community Partnership Award, and the President’s Award.

INTREN was selected as one of three finalists for the ComEd Diverse Supplier Award Overall Performance for Construction Services along with Nash Brothers and Trice Construction Company. On hand to accept our award was Loretta Rosenmayer, INTREN CEO and Founder, Matthew Turk, Executive Vice President, Mike McArthy, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, and Sean Hughes, Account Manager, Midwest Region-Central.

The inaugural award ceremony played out like a big Hollywood award show.  The presenters – Anne Pramaggiore, ComEd President and CEO, Terrence Donnelly, Executive Vice President and COO, Fidel Marquez, Senior VP, Governmental and External Affairs, or Michelle Blaise, Senior Vice President, Technical Services – read the list of finalists for each category and then were handed a sealed red envelope with the name of the winner. 

“We are very proud to accept ComEd’s award at their first annual Diverse Supplier Awards presentation,” said Loretta Rosenmayer.  She went on to tell the audience that she has been the recipient of ComEd’s commitment to Inclusion and Diversity since the day that she was born.  Her father arrived in the United States from Italy when he was 15 years old.  Alone and with no command of English he struggled to make his way.  By the time he was 22 years old he had arrived in Chicago.  Looking desperately for work he was devastated to find signs in the windows of most businesses that said “Italians and Irish need not apply”, however, there was no sign at Commonwealth Edison because even then they practiced Inclusion.  He applied and was hired and as a result Loretta’s family had a good and comfortable life.  Her father worked his entire career of 40 years at Commonwealth Edison Chicago North Division.

ComEd, an Exelon company is one of the largest electric utility companies in the nation, responsible for delivering safe and reliable power to 3.8 million homes and businesses across northern Illinois. In the electric utility industry, Exelon delivers economic benefits to the communities it serves having spent more than $4 billion with diverse suppliers over the past six years.