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2020 NECA AwardINTREN is honored to receive the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Recognition of Achievement for Safety Excellence award. We are especially proud of our crew members from coast-to-coast that continually put safety first despite the challenges they have faced this year.

“Being recognized for achievement in safety excellence by NECA is a tremendous honor,” said Director of Safety and Quality Tyler Herdendorf. “It confirms how dedicated and committed the organization is to the safety and health of all its employees. Creating a safety culture is a never-ending challenge but it’s worth it when we all strive for the same goal of everyone going home safely. By focusing on leading indicators, hazard recognition, and employee development through training, we will obtain our ultimate goal of error-free performance.”

NECA represents the $130 billion/year electrical contracting industry.

INTREN has been in the Chicago civil market for more than 20 years. Since then we have taken the work from California to Maryland and everywhere in between. With the expertise to take on large, complex projects, our goal has always been to deliver safe, quality work that is on time, and on budget. Watch our video on complex civil projects to see how we continually strive to be the measure of excellence.

Diversity Equality InclusionRecently, INTREN formed a Diversity Action Council in order to create a structured and ongoing approach to our diversity goals.

The council’s strategic initiatives include enhancing diverse recruitment, fostering ERGs, retaining and developing diverse talent, utilizing external diversity advisors, and recommitting to diversity education. As a WBE and a tier 2 diversity supplier, INTREN has long been dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion. As the first utility contractor to pledge our support to CEO Action in 2019, we joined 900 global CEOs to take collective action on DEI in the workplace.

Our focus has long been on supporting diversity-focused third-party efforts and mentoring/supporting diverse subcontractors. Internally, we have conducted unconscious bias training, along with having a Culture Team focused on diversity initiatives.

However, this is only the beginning. We look forward to working closely with our customers and fostering continued positive change throughout our organizations.

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Congratulations to our Philadelphia Overhead and Underground crews for achieving one-year incident-free! It is your dedication to uncompromised safety and your continuous efforts to improve that has led to this significant milestone. Great job! #OutPerformingEveryday

The St Clair Sluggers

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!"

Loretta Rosenmayer stands with 2020 award winners Patty Cassens and Mary LucarelliLiving 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.

Carmine Mariano

Hats off to Journeyman Operator Carmine Mariano of the Bore Division, who has dedicated 25 years of his life to INTREN!

"I don't even know where to begin when it comes to describing Carmine and his work ethic because there is so much to say, said Blanket Boring Project Manager Cheryl Kiesel. "From his attention to detail, his always positive attitude, to the level of ownership and pride he takes in his work, Carmine is ALWAYS delivering (and always with a smile)! Carmine is definitely part of the backbone in this department and we appreciate him and all he does for his crew, our department, and INTREN as a whole."

Executive Vice President Matthew Turk added, "Carmine has been a key field leader for us for many years and brings to us his passion for excellence. He also always wanted to grow and learn, and he continually attended the Union training to increase his skills." Congratulations and a huge thank you to Carmine for his 25 years of outstanding service!

Jessie Harms receives his white hard hat

St. Louis inspection apprentice Jessie Harms (middle) received his white hardhat today from Foreman Dave Politte (left) and General Foreman Dean Davis (right).

The Green Hard Hat program is just one of the initiatives implemented by our Occupational Health & Safety Department at INTREN to ensure the safety of all our crew members. This program identifies new workers by using green hard hats to communicate to our other experienced employees and our subcontractors of their status. This also denotes that INTREN's experienced and dedicated employees will need to mentor them during their first few months working for our company.


A Message from President & CEO Kelly Tomblin

The Year 2020 has challenged us in ways we never could have imagined. From a global pandemic to national political unrest, to a rare derecho weather event, INTREN has had to navigate with a new awareness and improved agility. We have been forced to accelerate and deepen the conversations we were having about diversity, equity, and inclusion and we have learned to pivot instantly when regulations and guidance changed related to keeping our teams safe. Through it all, we have emerged stronger, more connected, and more committed.

Given that INTREN’s normal work includes emergency disaster response, it shouldn’t be surprising that INTREN started its COVID-19 preparation even before the virus had a name. We started briefing our nearly 2,000 employees on social distancing and other steps outlined by the CDC to prevent virus transmission in February. We did what we needed to do to keep our field crews working from coast to coast, supporting the critical electric and gas infrastructure work needed by our utility customers during this pandemic.

INTREN’s efforts were led by an experienced team for pandemic preparedness, including members who worked on a utility’s pandemic preparedness team, managed utility operations during an infectious disease outbreak, led a state-wide respiratory health organization and directed response teams for disaster responses. We have now had a limited number of positive cases (all well), and we have kept all our essential workers working.

When many of the cities we do business in experienced the effect of protests, from Baltimore to St. Louis to Philly to San Francisco, our teams listened with compassion and continued to maintain electric and gas infrastructure. When asked about our position during the midst of unrest, we simply stated “We Stand for Love.” While that might not be a typical corporate term, we thought it captured what we saw from coast to coast—workers who didn’t look alike working side by side, employees stopping to help neighbors in new and creative ways, courageous support for our customers and each other. I just finished a three-month company-wide tour, and I was proud to witness the INTREN spirit in action in each and every office I visited.

Today, we all proudly wear our declaration of #INTRENSTRONG in honor of what we have done and will do together to serve our customers and our communities. While the world may continue to present unprecedented situations, we know that our planning, our execution, and our spirit will provide the foundation for meeting each new demand with optimism, resolve, resilience and respect.

The Smith Brothers

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!