Artera Launches Versiv Solutions

Artera Services (“Artera”), one of the nation’s industry-leading providers of essential infrastructure services to the natural gas and electric industries, announces today the creation of Versiv Solutions, LLC (“Versiv”). Versiv is Artera’s newest service line and focuses on providing innovative and sustainable solutions to decrease methane emissions.

“Introducing the new Versiv team and adding a talented group of leaders to the Artera family is an inspiring time for us and the industry,” said Brian Palmer, Chief Executive Officer at Artera. “Our investment in Versiv reinforces our commitment to provide our customers with innovative solutions that help them decrease methane emissions. We are all about supporting our customers’ goals to seek sustainable, reliable, and cost-effective means to deliver essential utilities to the communities they serve.”

Versiv strives to be a trusted leader in pipeline safety and environmental solutions for the energy and natural gas industries. Today, Versiv’s primary focus is on providing cross compression services as an alternative to venting, flaring, or blowdown, which prevents the emission of natural gas into the atmosphere

Versiv utilizes specialized equipment to evacuate natural gas out of a section of pipe that needs critical repair or replacement and recycles it back into a different section of the system, minimizing the amount of methane released into the atmosphere. Ultimately, the necessary work can continue without interruption, resulting in monetary savings, emission reductions, and less disruption to surrounding communities.​

“Looking ahead, natural gas system operators will rely more and more on their trusted partners to provide support and thought leadership to help them meet industry expectations. This is especially true when it comes to emissions reduction and sustainability,” stated Gina Rundo, Versiv’s Director of Pipeline Operations. “This is why our foundational cross compression services are well-positioned to help reduce the overall methane emissions resulting from critical pipeline maintenance, repair, and replacement across the United States.”​

​Versiv is a national provider, leveraging Artera’s vast footprint of 41 states and 130+ locations. This scale differentiates Versiv from its peers, bringing responsive and cost-effective services to our customers. Versiv has already completed several successful projects, built a strong backlog based upon high customer demand, and has new projects starting weekly, spanning Artera’s footprint.

Learn more about Versiv and its solutions at www.versivsolutions.com and follow them on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Supporting Local Food Shelf – Birthday Box Project 2021

Over the past few weeks, Minnesota Limited employees at the Big Lake office collected birthday supplies to fill ‘birthday boxes’ that were then donated to the Big Lake Community Food Shelf.  All together, employees assembled and donated 50 boxes for this cause — which means that 50 families in need will be able to celebrate their birthdays! Thanks to all of our employees who helped support this project!​

Minnesota Limited is proud to be an active contributor in the communities that we operate in, and we engage in community outreach projects that support our neighboring communities and organizations. 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 corporate.communications@mnlimited.com.

10 Minnesota Limited Employees Receive 2021 MEA Awards

Minnesota Limited is pleased to share that the MEA Energy Association (MEA) has honored 10 Minnesota Limited employees with Meritorious Service and Life Sustaining Awards.

MEA bestows the Meritorious Service Award to recognize industry employees who have performed actions in the service of another that are considered above and beyond. The Life Sustaining Award recognizes individuals from MEA’s member companies who have saved the life of another.

“MEA is honored to present the Meritorious Service and Life Sustaining Awards to these 10 deserving individuals,” said John Gann, MEA Vice President. “We are extremely grateful to these outstanding individuals who rise up and make a positive contribution to society. Their actions are a testament to who these individuals are and to the training they receive as Minnesota Limited employees.”

6 Employees Receive MEA Meritorious Service Award

Michael Olson, laborer; Chad Magoon, operator; and Paul Gatons, operator use their safety training to assist colleague who had lost consciousness.

While working on a project, Michael observed their teamster, who was walking near a piece of equipment, begin to stagger and then collapse with an unknown medical condition. Michael and Paul ran to the teamster’s location where they saw that he was unresponsive and laying on his stomach. They rolled him over and saw that he was conscious but incoherent. At that point, Chad called 911 to get an ambulance and Michael notified the on-site safety representative of the situation. Michael and Paul then put up their jackets to stop dust and wind from getting in the teamster’s face. The ambulance arrived on-scene approximately 20 minutes after the teamster’s collapse.

The ER staff stated that the teamster would have a very good chance at a full recovery due to the crew’s quick action of getting the ambulance on-site and to the ER so that the proper medication could be administered quickly.

Lloyd Fondren, safety coordinator helps trapped woman out of a car after an accident.

During Lloyd’s travels to a project, he came across a single car accident on an interstate. He pulled over along with several other travelers, but noticed no one approaching the vehicle. There was broken glass and vehicle fluids all over the road, but Lloyd approached the vehicle to see if anyone needed assistance. Once he got to the vehicle, he noticed a woman inside trapped in the driver’s seat by the seat belt. He first asked if she was okay and if she was able to be moved, and once she said yes, Lloyd crawled inside the vehicle through the broken windshield. He then crawled under her and lifted her up so he could release her seat belt, then another individual crawled on top of the vehicle and helped pull her out. The woman sustained several cuts from the broken glass, but didn’t seem to have any broken bones or injuries.

Lloyd showed Minnesota Limited’s core value of commitment to those around him and making sure everyone goes home safe at the end of each day. Most people would have drove by and stared, but never would have stopped.

Duane Carlson, superintendent; John Chapman, foreman assist client who showed symptoms of a cardiac event.

At a project site, a client employee began showing symptoms of a cardiac event. Emergency crews (911) were contacted by client personnel. In the meantime, Duane Carlson mobilized all CPR/First Aid trained personnel to be available to assist in caring for the individual while John Chapman organized crew personnel to provide traffic control and ensure the ambulance had a safe and clear path to the section of right-of-way where the affected individual was located.

These actions directly contributed to ensuring the individual was able to get off the right-of-way and receive the care they needed by professionals.

4 Employees Receive MEA Life Sustaining Award

Jocelyn Duncan, project coordinator; Greg Oeltjenbruns, foreman; Danny Nihart, straw/laborer; Carter Tollefson, laborer put out vehicle fire and extract driver, saving the person trapped inside.

Jocelyn was almost back to a jobsite when she came upon a stringer truck that had just overturned. Upon analyzing the scene, she noticed that the truck was still running, smoking profusely, and straying oil everywhere, and a man and woman were running from their vehicle to the truck. She parked her truck about 30 feet away from the truck in case it came into complete flames. She then got out and ran to the truck, and saw a man crushed in it. The man and woman stayed with the man while Jocelyn ran to her truck and called 911, then called Greg right after to come with tools and help.

After making those calls, Jocelyn got the fire extinguisher out of her truck’s toolbox and sprayed the smoking truck. Greg and a few other employees then arrived on-scene, and they got tools out of Greg’s truck to start prying the crushed passenger door open to free the trapped driver. Greg then called to get a few Minnesota Limited flaggers, Danny Nihart and Carter Tollefson, to handle traffic control. By this time, numerous people had arrived on-scene and it became a group effort to save the man’s life. While most of the group worked to get the mangled door off, Jocelyn collected blankets and first aid kits to prepare for when they got the man out, expecting for some sort of injury. After about 10 minutes, the man was pulled out of the crushed cab and helped to stand and walk to a truck on standby, with no visible serious injuries. The situation was handled further by the police department, fire department, and ambulance that then arrived on-scene.

Artera Completes Acquisition of K.R. Swerdfeger Construction

Artera Services (“Artera”), one of the nation’s industry-leading providers of integrated infrastructure services to natural gas and electric industries, completed the previously announced acquisition of K.R. Swerdfeger Construction (“KRSC”). KRSC is a strong strategic fit for Artera, expanding its core gas distribution services into Colorado and New Mexico while strengthening its existing water and wastewater service offerings.

“Extending our footprint westward has been a strategic priority for Artera,” stated Brian Palmer, CEO of Artera. “With the addition of KRSC, we’ve found the right partner to add to the Artera family and we’re excited for the collective opportunities this creates for our businesses.”

KRSC will operate as a new Mountain region within Miller Pipeline, an Artera gas distribution business unit. Raymond Swerdfeger will continue to lead KRSC, reporting to Dale Anderson, President of Miller Pipeline.

“This is a great moment in our company’s history and I’m excited to partner with Dale to continue to grow Miller’s business in the west,” mentioned Swerdfeger. “Our team members are thrilled to be a part of a larger, growing company with new opportunities for career growth.”

Eversheds Sutherland and Debevoise & Plimpton served as legal counsel to Artera. FMI Capital Advisors served as financial advisor to KRSC. Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher served as legal counsel to KRSC.

Artera Completes Acquisition of Feeney Utility Services Group

  • Combination enhances Artera’s leadership in gas distribution services with expanded presence in the Northeast U.S.
  • Further strengthens Artera’s core focus on maintenance, repair and upgrade services for utility customers

 

Artera Services, LLC (“Artera”), one of the nation’s industry-leading providers of integrated infrastructure services to natural gas and electric industries, completed the previously announced acquisition of Feeney Utility Services Group (“FUSG”), comprised of Feeney Brothers Utility Services (“Feeney”) and DDS Companies (“DDS”). With this combination, Artera now exceeds more than $2.6 billion in annual revenue, employing more than 10,800 skilled professionals, with operations in 39 states across the United States.

“We welcome the FUSG team to the Artera family and we are excited to expand our core natural gas distribution capabilities into the Northeast market” stated Brian Palmer, CEO of Artera. “I look forward to working with this talented team and continuing to provide world-class service to our valued customers, with a continued focus on quality and safety.”

Brendan and Greg Feeney, founders of FUSG, and Sean Donohoe, President of DDS, will continue in their current roles and lead Artera’s operations in the northeastern U.S. “Joining the Artera team is a great fit for our organization,” mentioned Brendan Feeney, President, and Co-Founder. “I am enthusiastic for what’s next and how we can provide new opportunities for our team members, share resources, and build relationships to support our customers and the local communities where we work.”

Feeney Brothers Utility Services and DDS Companies will remain operating businesses within Artera, with primary operations based in Massachusetts and New York.

Bank of America, BNP Paribas, Harris Williams, and UBS served as financial advisors to Artera, and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP served as legal counsel to Artera. Lincoln International served as financial advisor to FUSG and Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo served as legal counsel to FUSG.

Artera to Acquire K.R. Swerdfeger Construction

Strategic acquisition for Artera brings geographic expansion of gas distribution and water infrastructure services into Colorado and New Mexico

ATLANTA – June 03, 2021 – Artera Services (“Artera”), one of the nation’s industry-leading providers of essential infrastructure services to the natural gas and electric industries, announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire K.R. Swerdfeger Construction Inc. (“KRSC”). KRSC is a strong strategic fit for Artera, providing expansion of its core gas distribution services into Colorado and New Mexico while strengthening its existing water and wastewater service offerings.

Located in Pueblo West, Colorado, KRSC was founded in 1968 by Keith and Sharon Swerdfeger. KRSC is a leading provider of natural gas distribution and water infrastructure services, with a focus on the repair and renewal of existing underground infrastructure. KRSC is a well-respected second-generation family-owned company. The Company employs over 350 team members with exceptional leadership and core values that are well aligned with those of Artera. KRSC will operate as a new Mountain region within Miller Pipeline, an Artera gas distribution business unit, with President Raymond Swerdfeger continuing in his leadership role and Keith Swerdfeger serving as a senior advisor to the business.

“KRSC aligns well with our core business strategy and expands our geographic coverage of the western U.S.,” declared Brian Palmer, CEO of Artera. “The Miller and KRSC teams will complement one another nicely as they continue to provide world-class services to our existing and new customers.”

“This combination with KRSC will expand our geographic coverage and further enhance our leadership in gas distribution and water infrastructure services,” said Dale Anderson, President of Miller Pipeline. “KRSC’s shared commitment toward safety, and providing high-quality and reliable services to its customer base make them a natural and complementary fit with Miller. We look forward to welcoming Raymond and the KRSC team, and collectively, we look forward to the opportunities this presents for our people, our business, and our customers.”

“We look forward to this next step for our company and our employees, and I look forward to leading the continuous growth of KRSC,” said Raymond Swerdfeger, President of KRSC. “This is a great opportunity to join Dale and the Miller Pipeline team. We will continue providing the same high-level of quality service and commitment that our customers have come to expect from KRSC, backed now with additional resources and industry-leading experience needed to take KRSC to the next level.”

Eversheds Sutherland and Debevoise & Plimpton are serving as legal counsel to Artera. FMI Capital Advisors served as financial advisor to KRSC. Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher is serving as legal counsel to KRSC.

 

About K.R. Swerdfeger Construction
Founded in 1968, K.R. Swerdfeger Construction (“KRSC”) is a second-generation family-owned contractor with a primary focus on underground utilities including natural gas distribution, sanitary and storm sewer and water infrastructure. Headquartered in Pueblo West, Colorado and with a team of 350 employees, KRSC has a long history of excellence and has consistently been committed to safely providing the best service and value to their customers. To learn more, visit www.krswerd.com

About Miller Pipeline
Miller Pipeline, headquartered in Indianapolis, IN, is one of the nation’s premier natural gas distribution contractors with more than 65 years of experience in the utilities infrastructure industry. Established in 1953, Miller Pipeline operates in nearly two dozen states and has over 3,600 employees. Miller Pipeline provides quality construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation products and services to natural gas, municipal water and wastewater utilities throughout North America. To learn more, visit www.millerpipeline.com.

About Artera
Artera, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is a more than $2 billion in revenue industry-leading provider of integrated infrastructure services to the natural gas and electric industries across 35 states. Artera employs more than 9,100 people throughout the United States and focuses on maintenance, replacement, upgrade and integrity of existing infrastructure. Artera’s business units are recognized market leaders, have long-standing operating histories in the industry, and are well respected for shared common core values of Safety, Quality, Integrity and Commitment. For more information, visit www.artera.com.

 

Media Contact
Artera | Annette Busateri | (262) 309-9838 | annette.busateri@artera.com

Minnesota Limited Announces Retirement of Ted Crowe; Dan Britz Appointed President

BIG LAKE, Minn. – May 10, 2021 – Minnesota Limited, LLC, which operates within Artera Services LLC (“Artera”), one of the nation’s leading energy infrastructure contractors specializing in transmission maintenance, upgrades, and construction, announced today that Ted Crowe, president of Minnesota Limited, will retire on May 14, 2021, after 22 years of service.

Ted joined Minnesota Limited in 1999 as a project manager and has served as president since 2016. With over 44 years in the industry, managing small and multi-million-dollar pipeline construction and maintenance projects, Crowe cultivated a company culture deeply rooted in core values and integrity. His leadership brought a controlled and sustained growth pattern, which has resulted in increased volume, a broadened client base, expanded fleet of company-owned equipment, and, most importantly, the accumulation of highly skilled and dedicated employees. Ted’s commitment to supporting and empowering the Minnesota Limited team is immeasurable.

Vice president of operations, Dan Britz, will assume the role of president at Minnesota Limited, effective May 14. Dan has provided core leadership and innovative, strategic planning to the operations division at Minnesota Limited for the past 13 years. In his role, he will work closely with Casey Joyce, president and CEO of Otis Eastern Service, Minnesota Limited’s sister company under the Artera Services business.

“We owe a tremendous amount of thanks to Ted for his leadership and unwavering commitment to the Minnesota Limited team. His care for people and value-driven business practices have created an inclusive and energetic culture within the organization. His influence has directly impacted our future success in the energy industry,” Britz stated.

Ted Crowe will continue to support Minnesota Limited in an advisory role over the next year.

 

About Minnesota Limited, LLC

Minnesota Limited, LLC, based in Big Lake, MN, is a leading energy infrastructure contractor specializing in transmission pipeline construction throughout the United States for more than 55 years. Established in 1966, Minnesota Limited’s capabilities include new pipeline construction, maintenance and integrity, and facilities. Minnesota Limited delivers extraordinary customer service, a steadfast commitment to core values, and a proven track record of operational excellence across 32 states and 1,500 employees. For more information, visit www.mnlimited.com.

About Artera

Artera, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is a more than $2 billion in revenue industry-leading provider of integrated infrastructure services to the natural gas and electric industries across 35 states. Artera employs more than 9,200 people throughout the United States and focuses on maintenance, replacement, upgrade and integrity of existing infrastructure. Artera’s business units are recognized market leaders, have long-standing operating histories in the industry, and are well respected for shared common core values of Safety, Integrity, Quality, and Commitment. For more information, visit www.artera.com.

Media Contacts
Minnesota Limited | Abby Kemp | 763-262-7049 | abby.kemp@mnlimited.com
Artera | Laura Morrow | 317-460-2195 | laura.morrow@artera.com

Minnesota Limited Receives Outstanding Achievement Award For Safety

Minnesota Limited will be recognized for excellence in workplace safety and health during the 2021 Virtual Minnesota Safety and Health Conference, May 4-5. Minnesota Limited is one of 221 employers to be honored through the awards program, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council.

“In a year that has challenged all of us in ways we never imagined, we are very pleased to recognize Minnesota Limited for their award,” said Paul Aasen, president of the Minnesota Safety Council. “Safety demands extraordinary attention in a normal year, double that attention this past year. Thank you, Minnesota Limited, for keeping your employees safe.”

Since 1934, the annual Governor’s Safety Awards program has honored Minnesota employers with exceptional safety performance. Applicants are judged on several years of injury data as it compares with their industry’s national statistics, and on their progress in implementing a comprehensive safety program. Winners are recognized at three levels:

Meritorious Achievement: Incidence rates that are better than the industry average for at least three years, and a score between 50 and 74 on a 100-point safety program evaluation scale.

Outstanding Achievement: Continuing improvement and/or a continuing outstanding record with incident rates that are 51%-90% better than the industry average, and a score between 75 and 90 on the safety program evaluation scale.

Award of Honor: Incidence rates at least 91% better than the industry average, and a score between 91 and 100 on the safety program evaluation scale.

Minnesota Limited will receive an Outstanding Achievement Award.

The Minnesota Safety Council, founded in 1928, is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Minnesota by preventing unintentional injuries on the road, at work, at home, and in the community. Find more information at: https://minnesotasafetycouncil.org/.

2021 Leading With Our Values Awards Banquet

Minnesota Limited is honored to announce the recipients for the 2021 Leading With Our Values Awards! For the first time in its history, the event was held virtually, reaching employees on job sites and offices throughout the country. Although a different format than years past, this event’s importance and prestige were evident, as recognition was delivered to the four award recipients and all nominees. In addition to celebrating these extraordinary individuals, the executive leadership team gave company updates, sharing industry outlooks, and tying thought-provoking messages to the four core values.

 

Congratulations to the recipients and nominees for this year:

 

2021 Safety First and Foremost Recipient
Jeff Lindgren, Superintendent

 

 

 

 

2021 Quality In Everything We Do Recipient
Ryan Julin, Project Foreman

 

 

 

 

2021 Commitment To The Team Recipient
Justin Price, Assistant Superintendent

 

 

 

 

2021 Reputation Built On Integrity
Troy Lenz, Driver

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to all of the 2021 nominees!

 

At Minnesota Limited, our most important asset is our people. Each year we recognize team members who embody the four core values of Safety, Quality, Commitment, and Reputation. These values reflect what is truly important to Minnesota Limited and serve as a guiding influence in the decisions and actions of the company. Nominated by their peers, supervisors, or direct reports, four individuals are selected by a committee to receive that year’s award.

 

Big Lake Office Completes Toys for Tots Campaign

Through toy and monetary donations, Minnesota Limited employees at the Big Lake office were able to donate a large amount of toys for the local Toys for Tots campaign last week. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped bring hope to children in need this holiday season!

Engaging in these community outreach projects allows Minnesota Limited to be an active member and contributor in the communities that we operate in. We are committed to giving back where we can and the support we provide to these communities has 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.