IN THE TRENCHES
January News Update
The 2015 calendar year has come to a close and we have another successful year in the books at Minnesota Limited. I want to thank the entire Minnesota Limited Team for contributing to this year’s success. You should all be proud of our accomplishments in the areas of safety, DOT compliance, project execution and customer service. This past year proved again that Minnesota Limited is an industry leader in many areas. We continue to receive positive feedback from many of our core customers with regards to our efforts assisting them in their projects.
The 4th quarter of 2015 at Minnesota Limited saw many terrific projects come to completion while several others are just beginning for us. We will see these projects continue on throughout the summer of 2016. We remain hard at work in pursuit of several significant projects for next season, which will add to our backlog of work. I anticipate another busy and fruitful construction season in 2016.
As I have mentioned previously, government regulators, permitting issues, Right-of-way acquisition, and the environmental lobby have all impacted the Pipeline construction industry. Delays, hearings and lawsuits against the pipeline owning companies have slowed progress on many of the large cross country pipeline projects that were planned for 2016.
The good news is that the pipelines still need to be built and upgraded, which makes 2017, 2018 and 2019 look more promising. The Pipe Line Contractors Association and the four union crafts have worked together over the last several years to help get these major projects approved by the government and released for construction. Minnesota Limited employees have written letters, testified before Public Utility Commissions (PUC) and attended many of the public hearings in support of these projects.
Please stay engaged in these efforts as your voice makes a difference. We need to do a better job articulating to all of those we come in contact with why North American Energy is safe, reliable, plentiful and environmentally effective. We work on the pipeline systems that power America, and improve people’s lives on a daily basis.
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FACES IN THE FIELD
1. How long have you worked with Minnesota Limited? How did you get started here?
April of 2012 I saw an employment ad in the Great River newspaper. I spontaneously buffed up my resume and faxed it over. I began working here 2 ½ weeks later. The first day when I sat at my desk, I looked around and said to myself, “What just happened?” (Best career move I’ve ever made!)
2. What is one thing you would like the employees at MN Limited to know about your department?
I’m pretty sure I speak for everyone in the Payroll department when I say that we love what we do. And, I hope that everyone in the company can feel that in the service that they receive.
3. It’s winter in Minnesota, where would you like to travel to warm up from the cold?
I have friends in Florida that I would love to visit but, besides icy roads and sub-zero wind chill, I love winter in Minnesota!
4. What is one of your New Year’s resolutions?
I recently became an “empty nester”. I need to re-discover what I want/need to do for myself to be happy and healthy.
5. What is one piece of advice you would give an employee on their first day?
You have just surrounded yourself with people that want you to succeed. Ask questions and listen carefully. Not only will you learn a lot, you will make great friends.
TINSEL IN THE TRENCHES 2015
This holiday season, MN Limited employees became holiday superheroes, while participating in a Toys for Tots drive, along with a Giving Tree in support of River’s of Hope. Although a specific collection was set-up at the Big Lake office, this outreach was encouraged company-wide throughout all of our jobsites and regional offices. Toys for Tots is run by the United States Marine Corps which works to provide a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at the holidays. The lobby at MN Limited – Big Lake was filled with dolls, trucks, board games, sleds and bikes. In total, employees company-wide collected $2,500 in toys for children in need throughout the United States. Our senior managers decided to add a company match, which brought our total donation amount to $5,000.
Employees in Big Lake also participated in a Giving Tree which was representative of our support towards River’s of Hope mission. We adopted a family and purchased items off of their wish list. Some of these items included art supplies, clothing, household products and gift cards to purchase groceries and gas. We were able to collect all items on their wish list, which will be given to the family so they can wrap and open on Christmas morning.
River’s of Hope is a non-profit community based agency offering advocacy, support, education and referral services for victims of family violence. River’s of Hope has been serving communities in and around Sherburne and Wright counties since 1989. All services are free and confidential.
MN Limited also looked outside of the company to help out with a worthy cause. Two of our crews in Ohio collected $2,100 to help one of our customer’s meet their goals for a community outreach project they were working on. Great work to those individuals who helped showcase our corporate social responsibility to our customers!
A big thanks to everyone who participated in this community outreach project, including regional and field offices!
MN Limited recently put on a rib-eye steak feed for the Rice Energy Marauder Project on 12/16/15 as a thank you for their efforts throughout the project.
I would like to thank all our safety staff (Mr. Buterbaugh and Mr. Norris), management staff (Mr. Dunn, Mr. Parrish, and Mr. Biggs), and Mr. Peters for their help and contributions to make this happen. Again, I would like to thank everybody on our Rice Energy Projects and Minnesota Limited for their safety efforts.