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INTREN announced today key changes to their leadership team which will provide deep expertise and diverse leadership well into the next decade. At the helm, former Illinois utility commissioner and corporate attorney Sherina Maye Edwards’ position as the interim Chief Executive Officer has been made permanent, while INTREN-veteran and Executive Vice President Matthew Turk has been promoted to President. New to the team is Jennifer Ballard Croft, who was recently hired as the Chief Legal and HR Officer.

“Sherina is an exceptional choice to lead this company and as a board, we have full confidence that she will continue her record of strong leadership,” said Founder and Board Chair, Loretta Rosenmayer. “In a short time, she has integrated herself with the company, our employees, our customers, and has played a key role in the company’s future organizational and growth strategy.

Newly appointed president, Matthew Turk, has held various leadership roles throughout his 30-year tenure at INTREN. From driving the company’s safety culture to customer-focused service and bringing more diversity to the workforce, he has been instrumental in the success that the company has achieved today.

In the newly created Chief Legal & HR Officer position, Jennifer Ballard Croft was most recently the Chief of Staff and the Chief Diversity Officer for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the nation’s second-largest prosecutor’s office. Prior to entering public service, Jennifer was a Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP where she focused her practice in the areas of labor and employment litigation and counseling. She is also a nationally recognized speaker and published author.

“I am excited to be part of INTREN’s future and welcome both Matthew and Jennifer into their new roles,” said Edwards. “INTREN has seen record growth and strong financial results despite a challenging year. We look forward to broadening our scope and providing innovative turnkey solutions that serve our customers while championing diversity and inclusion throughout every level of the organization.”

A live training and virtual training seminarA vital component of our safety program is training. In the age of COVID, we continue to conduct in-person classes when possible, such as our First Aid/CPR class held recently in New Jersey. However, a key innovation we've made has been our ability to take our comprehensive safety training matrix virtual within our online education system. It allows us to assign modules to employees and tracks their completion, while continuing to focus on safety from coast-to-coast.

Although, much has changed in this COVID era, our commitment to safety has not!

Intren crews line up in preparation to fix the aftermath of a storm in DetroitINTREN crews from several regions mobilized to Detroit after powerful storms moved through the area recently. Intense winds and pelting rain brought down trees and more than 1,000 power lines causing massive power outages. Thank you to our crews and support teams that continue to be #OutPerformingEveryday!

INTREN Crews work on a transmission project in HartfordRecently, transmission crews relocated multiple 138kV and 345kV circuits into both new and existing substations for the Gateway Area Connection Program in Hartford, IL. Pictured here is the last structure that was set, which was a 120' steel angle pole supporting 954 bundle conductor.

INTREN ACE Crews set up a transmission poleWe are thrilled to announce that our utility partner, Atlantic City Electric (ACE), won the PMINJ Project of the Year award for the Salem to Woodstown Rebuild Project. INTREN was an integral part of this successful, high-risk evolution project which was completed on time. Here is the scope of work that our East Coast transmission team, led by General Foreman Chuck Lyles, accomplished:

  • Rebuilt 11 miles of 69kV transmission line from Salem, NJ to Woodstown, NJ.
  • Replaced 8 miles of distribution underbuild and installed OPGW and ADSS.
  • 234 steel structures with direct embedment, socketed and flanged vibratory caisson foundations
  • Installed 2 SEECO switches.
  • Had no environmental infractions and minimized impact by utilizing more than 7,000 composite mats and non-destructive excavating.
  • Comprehensive aerial inspection completed

Congratulations to all on this tremendous accomplishment!

Chicago Crews make repairs in oklahomeAs most eyes were on Zeta, INTREN crews mobilized from the Chicago area to help restore power after a historic ice storm pelted Oklahoma recently. The severe ice accumulations and high winds snapped poles and downed wires causing significant outages in the central and western regions of the Sooner State.

One grateful resident, who had been without power for six days, was kind enough to send in this photo showing our crews hard at work!

More than 200 INTREN crew members, including our support teams, continue to restore power after Hurricane Zeta barreled into Louisiana and into Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas leaving two million without electricity. Much of the damage came from gale-force winds that ripped down trees and damaged buildings that cut off electricity along the storm's path.

Thank you all for OutPerforming.Everyday. #INTRENStrong

Intren crews clean up in the aftermath of hurricane zetaMore than 200 INTREN crew members, including our support teams, continue to restore power after Hurricane Zeta barreled into Louisiana and into Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas leaving two million without electricity. Much of the damage came from gale-force winds that ripped down trees and damaged buildings that cut off electricity along the storm's path.

Intrens simon dawsonNicor Safety Forum held their last meeting for the year, which was hosted by INTREN and led by Corporate Safety Manager, Simon Dawson. The Safety Forum is a partnership between Nicor Gas, its parent company Southern Company, and the many contractors that work within its footprint. Each year a different contractor takes the lead in the planning and facilitation, and INTREN was honored to step into that role for 2020.

Despite switching from an in-person event to a virtual forum due to concerns related to COVID-19, all events were well attended by field and executive management from both Atlanta, GA (where Southern Company is based) and here in Illinois.

Topics included Flash Hazard PPE, Ergonomics and Stretching, Human Performance, COVID concerns, Diversity and Inclusion, Quality Assurance, as well as lessons learned in the field.

As a successful transition was made and another contractor was introduced for 2021, appreciation was expressed to INTREN by Nicor management such as Scot Koif, Managing Director, and Ken Nance, Director of Contractor Management. In addition, the following note was sent after the forum:

"We would like to thank INTREN and the rest of the planning committee for their efforts planning yesterday's forum and for all of your efforts throughout 2020," said Dina Wisniewski, Nicor Resource Management. "This year turned out to be a challenge early on, but we did it! We truly appreciate everything that you do."

"Simon, thank you for leading the team in 2020. You truly took the reins and ran with it from the get-go only to be halted by events that unfolded in March. This was a very uncertain year; however, one thing I was certain of is that when we committed to planning two virtual forums that you would make sure we would fill our agenda with valuable topics and show up looking like a shiny penny for the events. Your planning skills are strong and your facilitating skills even stronger (I was taking notes!) and the humor you infused throughout was refreshing."

A safety setup by the baltimore crewCongratulations to the INTREN Baltimore Gas team who are celebrating 18 months without an OSHA incident!

According to Senior Project Manager Ray Vitti, "This was accomplished by a team committed to safety from field leadership and their crews. Our weekly safety meetings are not just a box that we check. Our team is engaged in conversation and bring their experience from the field to the table, along with continually coaching each other every day. Not only does this ensure that our crew members return home safely every night, but they recognize the positive customer experience it creates."

Thank you for being #INTRENStrong!

intren at the planet underground roundtable live eventINTREN was thrilled to not only be a sponsor for Planet Underground TV's 'The Roundtable Live!' in Manteno, Illinois, but to actively participate in a damage prevention demonstration, as well.

Our INTREN Bore crew completed a 170' shot to a receiving pit, pulled back 2" poly with a tracer wire, and worked with another crew to tie it into a preform vault. INTREN's General Foreman Mike Schoon and Safety & Quality Director Tyler Herdendorf were both interviewed on camera, while Carmine Mariano was mic'd up while locating the bore shot.

Thank you to this amazing crew that also included Operator Francisco Ramirez and Groundsman James Divis. You are all experts in your craft!

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