Artera Services Announced as the New Name for PowerTeam Services

Artera Services (“Artera”) was announced today by PowerTeam Services LLC as the new company name. After the acquisition of Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited (collectively “MVerge”) in April of this year, the company looked to establish a new name that better reflects the diversity of their offerings and provides a platform for future growth, both organically and through future acquisitions.

“Artera is not meant to be a literal representation of our company, but rather a strong name that we can continue to grow in the years to come,” stated Brian Palmer, chief executive officer of Artera. “Artera is built upon the collective strengths of our operating companies. They are the face to our customers and the communities we serve, but together we are Artera.”

Utility companies across America rely on Artera’s expertise in order to maintain, repair, and build infrastructure, which allows for the reliable distribution and transmission of natural gas and electric power to homes, businesses, and communities. This is complimented by a wide range of municipal and specialty services, which help complete the job.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Artera, and its operating companies (KS Energy Services, Miller Pipeline, Minnesota Limited, Southeast Connections, Volt Power, and Hydro-X) enable exceptional, mission-critical infrastructure in order to serve their customers and communities to build their tomorrow.

“We are excited to bring Artera to life and continue to demonstrate our core values of safety, quality, commitment, and reputation, in everything we do,” said Palmer. “While we may have a new name, we are still the same dedicated partner our customers have come to rely on, and we will continue to strive to be the best service provider in our industry.”

About Artera
Artera, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is a $2 billion in revenue industry-leading provider of integrated infrastructure services to natural gas and electric industries across 34 states. Artera employs more than 8,500 people throughout the United States. Its operating companies include KS Energy Services, Miller Pipeline, Minnesota Limited, Southeast Connections, Volt Power, and Hydro-X. For more information, visit www.artera.com.

Reaming Head from First International Project on Display

Reaming head in front lobby

We are excited to show off a recent addition to the corporate office in Big Lake—a reaming head from our first international project!

On display in the front lobby, this reaming head was used on the horizontal directional drill of the Detroit River on the Utopia Pipeline for Kinder Morgan. The pipeline carries natural gas liquids from Cadiz and Scio, Ohio to Sarnia, Ontario. Minnesota Limited, along with subcontractors Southeast Directional Drilling and R.B. Somerville, constructed 145 miles of new pipeline in 2017 along with re-service of work of 75 miles of existing line. In the summer of 2019, the crossing of the Detroit River was completed as a portion of the re-service and integrity management as the pipeline enters Canada.

Personal Care Collection Community Outreach Project

Minnesota Limited is excited to share the results from our June community outreach project with the Big Lake Community Food Shelf. Employees at the Big Lake office collected personal care products such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, and more to help support those in need. With COVID-19, we recognize that these high demand items have become harder to find for community members. Minnesota Limited is proud to support our neighboring areas and the organizations that bring aid to those in need. By working together and supporting one another, we are stronger as a whole.

A big thank you to everyone who participated and donated!

Engaging in these community outreach projects allows Minnesota Limited to be an active contributor in the communities that we operate in. We are committed to giving back and providing support to these areas that will have a lasting and positive impact. Those interested in participating in outreach projects in your local communities, should contact the Communications department at the contact information below. All ideas and input are welcome!

Corporate Communications
corporate.communications@mnlimited.com
(763) 262-7049

Doug Banning to Retire from Miller Pipeline and MVerge, Kevin Miller to Senior Advisor, Dale Anderson to serve as President and Chief Operating Officer

INDIANAPOLIS – Miller Pipeline, LLC, one of the nation’s premier natural gas distribution and utility contractors, announced today that Doug Banning, Chief Executive Officer of Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited (collectively MVerge), will retire on July 2, 2020 after 35 years of service. Additionally, current Miller Pipeline President Kevin Miller will transition to a new role as Senior Advisor, and Executive Vice President Dale Anderson will be appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Miller Pipeline.

Banning joined Miller Pipeline in 1985 as a cost accountant and has served as CEO since 1998. Over the course of his 35-year tenure, Banning helped propel Miller Pipeline from a company of 350 employees with revenues of $40 million to over 5,000 employees with revenues exceeding $1.3 billion. Doug’s strong background in accounting and finance helped him champion innovations and improvements around productivity tracking and performance development, all while never losing focus on what matters most, the people.  

Doug will remain involved with Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited at a strategic level by joining the PowerTeam Services Board of Directors effective July 3, 2020.

After 16 years as president of Miller Pipeline, Kevin Miller will be moving to a Senior Advisor role effective June 26, and will be supporting Miller Pipeline through the end of the year. Kevin started his career in 1973 and has worked in nearly every capacity at the company. He began as a general laborer in the field, advancing his career until he was named president in 2004. Kevin takes an active role in building relationships within the underground utilities construction industry, and he will continue to foster those relationships in his advisory role. In January 2021, Kevin will retire from Miller Pipeline and transition to Senior Advisor for parent company PowerTeam Services.

“Kevin has contributed 47 years of experience to Miller Pipeline and his influence will continue in this new position,” Banning stated.

Executive Vice President Dale Anderson will succeed Kevin Miller, and starting June 26, 2020, will be President and Chief Operating Officer of Miller Pipeline. Anderson has over 34 years of experience in the natural gas industry and 11 years of commitment to Miller Pipeline.

“I look forward to continuing on with the impressive foundation that Doug and Kevin built and providing more opportunities for the company. Our culture and core values will continue, and our valued customers can continue to expect best-in-class service moving forward,” Anderson said.

About Miller Pipeline LLC: Miller Pipeline is one of the nation’s premier natural gas distribution and pipeline contractors with more than 65 years of experience in the utilities infrastructure industry. Established as a private company in 1953, Miller Pipeline operates in nearly two dozen states and has over 3,000 employees. Miller Pipeline provides quality construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation products and services to natural gas utilities, municipal water and wastewater utilities, pipelines and industrial customers throughout North America. In 2020, PowerTeam Services acquired Miller Pipeline. Learn more about Miller Pipeline at www.millerpipeline.com

About PowerTeam Services LLC: PowerTeam Services, LLC, based in Atlanta, Ga., is a $2 billion industry-leading provider of integrated infrastructure services to natural gas and electric industries across 34 states. PowerTeam employs more than 8,500 people throughout the United States and its operating companies include KS Energy Services, Miller Pipeline, Minnesota Limited, Southeast Connections, Volt Power and Hydro-X. For more information, visit http://www.powerteamservices.com

PowerTeam Services, LLC Completes Combination with Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited

Transaction creates one of the largest integrated infrastructure services providers to natural gas and electric industries in the United States

ATLANTA, April 09, 2020 – PowerTeam Services, LLC (“PowerTeam”) has completed the previously announced acquisition of Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited (collectively, “MVerge”) from CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP), effective today. With combined revenues of more than $2 billion, approximately 80 locations in 34 states, and more than 8,500 employees, this transaction creates a leading provider of maintenance and construction services for electric and natural gas infrastructure in the United States.

“We are excited to welcome Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited to the PowerTeam family. By bringing together two industry leaders, we aim to redefine the standard of safely and reliably serving our customers so that they can serve our communities,” said Brian Palmer, chief executive officer of PowerTeam. “Our shared values, starting with safety, will provide a strong foundation for our continued growth.”

Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited are two of the premier natural gas distribution and transmission pipeline contractors in the United States. “This combination will reinforce our commitment to our people and customers of being the best in the industry. We will continue to invest in our people and see significant benefits as a larger, stronger and growing combined company,” said Doug Banning, chief executive officer of MVerge.

Credit Suisse, UBS Investment Bank, and Harris Williams served as financial advisors to PowerTeam, and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is serving as legal counsel to PowerTeam.

About PowerTeam Services, LLC
PowerTeam Services, LLC, based in Atlanta, Ga., is a $2 billion industry-leading provider of integrated infrastructure services to natural gas and electric industries across 34 states. PowerTeam employs more than 8,500 people throughout the United States and its operating companies include KS Energy Services, Miller Pipeline, Minnesota Limited, Southeast Connections, Volt Power and Hydro-X. For more information, visit http://www.powerteamservices.com.

Health First: COVID-19

Minnesota Limited continues to closely monitor the evolution of COVID-19 and its impact on our team, our business, and our industry. The health and safety of our employees is our top priority. Leaders in our organization are proactively working to respond to this progressing situation. We are currently operating with an increased focus on pandemic preparedness, and following recommendations from health professionals and medical experts.

We ask our employees, families, and communities to follow the recommended actions from the Center for Disease Control, along with state and federal guidelines, to prevent the spread of this virus. For more information, please visit the CDC’s website: www.cdc.gov.

Minnesota Limited employees may find information and resources pertaining to our organization’s response on our company intranet, ePipeline.

Supervisor Leadership Training 1.0 Graduates

Last week, sixteen field leaders from Minnesota Limited took part in the Supervisor Leadership Training course. The Supervisor Leadership Training is designed to help company leaders improve communication skills, strengthen the ability to deal with people, and increase ones confidence as a leader in the organization. Upon completion of this training, attendees are able to:

  • Make decisions for themselves and their team based on our core values
  • Understand the value that they bring to the organization
  • Acquire the tools they need to be successful in their position

Congratulations to all of the graduates!

Bill Barker
Mike Bloyed
John Chapman
Nick Feela
Travis Kachik
JT Kenville
Jon Larson
Daniel Lee
Justin Peterson
Mike Redding
Nathan Rondeau
Mark Rone
Mike Simpson
Andrew Steinbrenner
Jess Streblow
Tom Vorderbruggen

Supervisor Leadership Training 2.0 Graduates

Last week, eighteen Minnesota Limited field leaders completed a Supervisor Leadership Training (SLT) 2.0 course. Held at the Big Lake office, this four-day course built upon the fundamentals and leadership tools they learned in the first SLT class. Wally Adamchik, Speaker and Consultant with FireStarter, led the group through courses on situational leadership, conflict management, mentorship, and more. Representatives from Minnesota Limited’s leadership team also participated by presenting on scheduling practices, project controls, and cause mapping. As part of the course, each participant completed a DISC profile and wrote a personal mission statement, reflecting on how they want to grow as a leader and as an individual.


“This training allowed our field leaders to take an inward look at how their personality and communication style directly affects how they lead their teams,” said Tony Abbott, Jr., Senior Manager of Safety and Compliance. “This self-reflection allows them to become more effective leaders; leading with our core values and providing first-rate results to our customers and the energy industry.”


Congratulations to all of the graduates!

Harvey Austin
Mac Bohachek
David Duncan
Rick Holderness
Wayne Hollenkamp
Paul Johnson
Bill Kunkel
Michael Munter
Donny Patch Jr.
Ryan Piescher
Tom Robinson
Josh Roza
Scott Sirek
Todd Staehnke
Jason Starr
Austin Toomey
Frank Walters
James Webb, Jr.

CenterPoint Energy to Sell Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited to PowerTeam Services

Houston and Atlanta – Feb. 3, 2020 – CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) and PowerTeam Services, LLC (“PowerTeam”), an integrated infrastructure services provider, today announced that they have entered into an agreement through which CenterPoint Energy will sell Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited (collectively, “MVerge”) to PowerTeam for $850 million in cash, subject to customary purchase price adjustments. Net proceeds of the sale will be used to repay a portion of outstanding CenterPoint Energy debt.

Scott Prochazka, president and chief executive officer of CenterPoint Energy, said, “The sale is a key achievement in our ongoing strategic focus to strengthen our balance sheet and improve our business risk profile and earnings quality pursuant to increased relative contribution of our core utility businesses. Post transaction, we expect our utility earnings contribution to increase to greater than 80% over the next few years.”

Prochazka added, “With PowerTeam, we believe we have found the right company to continue growing the businesses of Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited and position them for long-term success.”

Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited, which represent CenterPoint Energy’s Infrastructure Services business segment, are two of the premier natural gas distribution and transmission pipeline contractors in the United States, providing services to customers in 35 states. In 2019, both Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited were acquired by CenterPoint Energy in the CenterPoint Energy-Vectren Corporation merger. Miller Pipeline is headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind. and employs more than 3,500 people. Minnesota Limited is based in Big Lake, Minn. with peak employment of more than 1,400 employees.

“PowerTeam’s combination with Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited creates a powerful platform with nationwide scale to continue to safely and reliably serve customers, provide enhanced career opportunities for employees, and capitalize on significant growth opportunities in the utility and energy infrastructure industry,” said Brian Palmer, chief executive officer of PowerTeam, who will serve as the chief executive officer of the combined company. “Our highly complementary businesses have a shared set of values and a diverse customer base and geographic presence that will serve as the foundation for our continued growth. Together, we will focus on continuing to deliver top-notch safety, execution, quality and professionalism to our customers across the United States.”

Doug Banning, current chief executive officer of MVerge who will continue to oversee Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited, said, “This is an exciting development for everyone at Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited. PowerTeam shares our goal of being the best in the industry and recognizes the talent that our organization brings. By combining two industry leaders, we believe our employees and customers will see significant benefits.”

The sale is anticipated to be completed in the second quarter of 2020, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including the expiration or termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period.

J.P. Morgan is serving as exclusive financial advisor to CenterPoint Energy. Latham & Watkins LLP is acting as legal counsel to CenterPoint Energy. Credit Suisse, UBS Investment Bank, and Harris Williams are serving as financial advisors to PowerTeam, and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is serving as legal counsel to PowerTeam.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) is an energy delivery company with regulated utility businesses in eight states and a competitive energy businesses footprint in nearly 40 states. Through its electric transmission & distribution, power generation and natural gas distribution businesses, the company serves more than 7 million metered customers in Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. CenterPoint Energy’s competitive energy businesses include natural gas marketing and energy-related services; energy efficiency, sustainability and infrastructure modernization solutions; and construction and repair services for pipeline systems, primarily natural gas. The company also owns 53.7 percent of the common units representing limited partner interests in Enable Midstream Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership that owns, operates and develops strategically located natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With approximately 14,000 employees and nearly $35 billion in assets, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

PowerTeam Services, LLC, based in Atlanta, Ga., is an industry-leading provider of integrated infrastructure services to the natural gas and electric industries across 20 states. PowerTeam employs more than 4,000 people throughout the United States and its operating companies include KS Energy Services, Southeast Connections, Volt Power and Hydro-X. For more information, visit http://www.powerteamservices.com

 

Forward-Looking Statement

The statements in this press release contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this press release are forward-looking statements made in good faith by us and are intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  When used in this press release, the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “goal,” “intend,” “may,” “objective,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “projection,” “should,” “target,” “will” or other similar words are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions of management which are believed to be reasonable at the time made and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual events and results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating to benefits of the sale, the timing of the closing and the relative contribution of CenterPoint Energy’s core energy delivery business after closing. Each forward-looking statement contained in this press release speaks only as of the date of this release. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the provided forward-looking information include risks and uncertainties relating to: (1)  the timing of the expiration or termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period or any other commitment to not close before a certain date under a timing agreement with the United States Federal Trade Commission or the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, (2) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the proposed transactions or could otherwise cause the failure of the proposed transactions to close, (3) the risk that a condition to the closing of the proposed transactions may not be satisfied, (4) the outcome of any legal proceedings, regulatory proceedings or enforcement matters that may be instituted relating to the proposed transactions, (5) the timing to consummate the proposed transactions, (6) disruption from the proposed transactions making it more difficult to maintain relationships with customers, employees, regulators or suppliers, (7) the diversion of management time and attention on the proposed transactions  and (8) other factors discussed in CenterPoint Energy’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, CenterPoint Energy’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2019, June 30, 2019 and September 30, 2019 and other reports CenterPoint Energy or its subsidiaries may file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

2020 Leading With Our Values Awards

At Minnesota Limited and Miller Pipeline, our most important asset is our people. The employees who work at Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited are a talented, dedicated group of individuals. Each year we recognize our team members who embody our four core values of Safety, Quality, Commitment, and Reputation. These values are the foundation of everything we do at MVerge, guiding our employees, customers, and communities.

The recipients were nominated by their peers, supervisors, or direct reports. We celebrated these individuals at our 2020 Leading With Our Values Awards banquet, held at our 2020 Joint Leadership Conference in Orlando on January 17, 2020. This banquet was attended by 450 of our executive, office, and field leaders. Click here to watch the full ceremony on Miller Pipeline’s Facebook page.

 

Congratulations to all of our 2020 recipients!

Sam ‘One Percent’ Boydston, Driver – Minnesota Limited
Safety First and Foremost

James ‘Red’ Draughon, Superintendent – Miller Pipeline
Safety First and Foremost

Travis Pree, Project Foreman – Minnesota Limited
Quality In Everything We Do

Todd Horton, General Superintendent – Miller Pipeline
Quality In Everything We Do

Mike Buric, General Superintendent – Minnesota Limited
Commitment to the Team

Adrian Nickelson, Superintendent – Miller Pipeline
Commitment to the Team

Bill Kunkel, Superintendent – Minnesota Limited
Reputation Built on Integrity

Greg Lindholm, Construction Manager (VA/DC) – Miller Pipeline
Reputation Built on Integrity