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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!

intren crew members jeff whiting and bob evansINTREN is honored to celebrate Equipment Operator Jeff Whiting's 25 years of service, along with Underground Electric Foreman Bob Evans' 20 years of service to the company.

"Jeff (left) and Bob (right) have been core employees in Wisconsin's support for the past years," said Electrical Engineer Casey Lemke. "Their knowledge and dedication to their craft have made INTREN successful while performing work for our utility customer. We are fortunate to have such longstanding employees that understand the INTREN culture and have put that to work in the field for the last 20 plus years."

Thank you for your commitment to your craft and to INTREN.

team intren at the bob blazier runIt was a gorgeous, crisp morning in Crystal Lake, Illinois as INTREN employees participated in the Bob Blazier Run for the Arts to raise money for the Raue Center in the heart of downtown. The city's hidden gem, the worthy cause enriches the lives of many with comedy, music, film, and much more. Thank you to all the employees, along with their kitties (in the stroller) and pups that participated safely!

intren crews clean up after a utah windstormINTREN's Iowa crews mobilized to northern Utah after a historic wind with gusts up to 100 mph ripped off roofs and uprooted thousands of trees causing widespread power outages to the Beehive State. This was part of the same weather system that caused the snowstorm in the Rockies and is currently fueling the fires along the West coast. As a result, the crews are facing hot, dry weather with smoky air conditions. Thank you all for #doingessential work! #OutPerformingEveryday #INTRENStrong #Utahwind

With INTREN crews beginning to mobilize home from Louisiana and for those that remain, we'd like to thank the hundreds of personnel that were both on the ground restoring power and the support teams coordinating the storm effort from their regions. Thank you all for your perseverance and dedication to our utility customer and to the great people of Louisiana and Texas. You are #INTRENStrong! #Laura

intren crews clean up after a california heat stormOur California line crews are #doingessentialwork to rebuild power lines in the Santa Cruz area after wildfires damaged the structures. Since August 15, California has experienced nearly 14,000 lightning strikes that sparked more than 700 wildfires and charred 1.3 million+ acres and destroyed 2,000 buildings.

Thank you to all the lineworkers restoring power and to the 15,000+ firefighters and personnel working on containing the fires. You are truly #heroeswithoutcapes!

Intren Crews Clean Up after a Utah Windstorm in SeptemberIf there has been one consistency over the last several months it has been storm events. From heat, ice, wind, and hurricanes (Isaias, Laura, Sally, Zeta, and Eta!), crews throughout the country have mobilized from one storm to the next to assist our utility partners in restoring power. Those states have included California, Alabama, Louisiana, Iowa, Oklahoma, Utah, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

For every line crew on storm- along with road techs and safety professionals- there are also hundreds of support employees who work to keep them safe and productive. We also can’t forget the families that the storm teams leave behind, many of whom have young children. We thank them for their incredible sacrifice.

We are especially grateful to our utility partners that trust us to do the job safely and efficiently while engaging with their customers. 2020 has been a challenging year, but we have found that we are and always will be #INTRENStrong. Thank you all for #OutPerformingEveryday!

UCA LogoINTREN is proud to congratulate Vice Chairman of the Board Lance Rosenmayer on his recent appointment as President of the Underground Contractors Association of Illinois.

“Lance’s extensive utility construction background, years of service at UCA of IL, along with many other industry and charitable NPO’s, make him well suited to tackle the tough issues that we currently face,” said UCA Executive Director Michael Wiedmaier. “His dedication and leadership will leave the association and industry better positioned for the future.”

Lance has been a Director at UCA of IL since 2013 and will be serving as President from October 2020 to September 2022. Lance has been on the executive committee the last four years serving a two-year term as Secretary and Vice President.

“During this unprecedented time, members needs are changing, and it is vital that we adapt,” said Lance Rosenmayer. “Now, more than ever, it is important to be the voice for the contractor concerning legislation and best safety practices.”

UCA of IL was incorporated in 1957 with a mission to serve and advance the Underground Industry and our members, who provide quality utility installation for the citizens of Illinois, following the highest legal, moral and ethical standards. UCA currently has over 220 contractors, associates and consulting engineer members.

Intren's Cincinnati Team Pink

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.

Sherina Maye Edwards

By Sherina Maye Edwards

As a young woman of color, it is not always easy to be a leader in an industry with an aging, male dominated and largely non-diverse workforce. Back when I was first appointed as a Commissioner at the Illinois Commerce Commission, it didn’t take me long to discover that my commitment to diversity and inclusion would continuously merit special time and attention. 

The energy sector remains one of the least gender and racially diverse sectors in the economy, despite efforts to promote and encourage women and minorities’ participation. Both women and minorities face structural and cultural challenges and the lack of these two groups in leadership positions in the energy space compounds the difficulty in recruiting and retaining diverse leaders. This is especially important given the role that diversity can often play as key drivers of innovative and inclusive solutions. As such, gender and racial diversity and the broad participation of women and minorities in the energy sector are needed for a successful energy future. 

While social justice typically is the initial impetus behind these efforts, companies have increasingly begun to regard inclusion and diversity as a source of competitive advantage, and specifically as a key enabler of growth. Yet progress on diversification initiatives have been slow. And companies are still uncertain about how they can most effectively use diversity and inclusion to support their growth and value-creation goals.

We know intuitively that diversity matters. It’s also increasingly clear that it makes sense in purely business terms. Research consistently shows that companies in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity are more likely to have financial returns above their national industry medians. Companies in the bottom quartile in these dimensions are statistically less likely to achieve above-average returns. And diversity is probably a competitive differentiator that shifts market share toward more diverse companies over time.

This correlation indicates that when companies commit themselves to diverse leadership, they are more successful. More diverse companies are better able to win top talent and improve their customer orientation, employee satisfaction, and decision making, and all that leads to a virtuous cycle of increasing returns. This in turn suggests that other kinds of diversity—for example, in age, sexual orientation, and experience (such as a global mind-set and cultural fluency)—are also likely to bring some level of competitive advantage for companies that can attract and retain such diverse talent.

I'm not suggesting that achieving greater diversity is easy. Women—accounting for an average of just 16 percent of the members of executive teams in the United States—remain underrepresented at the top of corporations globally. 

Most organizations must do more to take full advantage of the opportunity that diverse leadership teams represent. That’s particularly true for their talent pipelines: attracting, developing, mentoring, sponsoring, and retaining the next generations of global leaders at all levels of organizations. 

The same efforts regarding a diverse workforce in energy should also be placed in encouraging and supporting diverse businesses in energy. There is strength, innovation, and prosperity to be found in embracing a wide range of thoughts, ideas, and perspectives. During my time as a regulator in Illinois, my fellow Commissioners and I required regulated utilities to report their diverse supplier procurement spend on an annual basis. The Illinois Commerce Commission supported the goal of greater access to utility procurement contracts for women-owned, minority-owned, veteran-owned, and small businesses. Utility spending with diverse suppliers has since increased tremendously and utilities in Illinois are continuously working to improve their diversity spend. 

I believe that successfully embracing diversity as a business imperative requires that company leadership embrace diversity as a moral imperative. By removing barriers and impediments to market entry, we help emerging and developing businesses grow and expand. The resulting increase in competition will result in lower overall costs, which benefits utilities and the consumer. So again, diversity doesn’t just make sense, it makes dollars. The trickle-down positive effect of diversity gets even better: diverse procurement has a direct and positive economic impact on the communities where corporations do business, as diverse suppliers tend to hire more Black, Latino and other underrepresented employees than their counterparts. In addition, when diverse business owners do business with major institutions like utilities, they generate wealth, create jobs, and communities of color are overall better resourced to thrive and be successful. 

From infrastructure modernization efforts to countless technological innovations changing the way we consume, generate and store energy, it’s certainly an exciting time to be a professional in the energy space. One thing is clear – the future of the energy industry relies on diversity. I am proud to work for a company that gets it and under my leadership we will certainly continue to move that needle forward at INTREN!

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!

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