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 in past years, 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, shared industry outlooks, and tied 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.

Pittsboro Office Completes Toys for Tots Campaign

The Pittsboro office in our east region recently completed their Toys for Tots campaign! Through toy and monetary donations, Minnesota Limited employees at the Pittsboro office in our east region were able to more than fill two collection boxes with toys for the Toys for Tots campaign at the local Pittsboro Fire Department. In addition, the Pittsboro office purchased 11 wreaths from the Hendricks County Mental Health Association to decorate their office and made a donation for the local “Shop with a Cop” program where a county sheriff takes a child in need shopping. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped share the love and cheer this holiday season! Click the link below to view a photo gallery from this project.

Photo Gallery: Pittsboro Toys for Tots Campaign 2020 

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.

Birthday Box Project Wraps At Big Lake Office

Over the past few weeks, Minnesota Limited employees at the Big Lake office collected birthday supplies to fill ‘birthday boxes’ that were donated to the Big Lake Community Food Shelf. These boxes go to families in need who have children or members celebrating birthdays, but do not have the means to purchase the birthday basics. Each box included cake mix, frosting, candles, plates, forks, napkins, and party favors. Employees assembled and donated 63 boxes for this cause. Click the link below to view a photo gallery from this project. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Photo Gallery: Birthday Box Project 2020

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.

Morris Office Hosts Thanksgiving Food Drive

During the month of November, Minnesota Limited employees at the Morris, IL office hosted a Thanksgiving food drive. Employees collected non-perishable food, which was then donated to the New Lenox Food Pantry to benefit those in need during the holidays. Thank you to everyone who participated!

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.​​

Artera Debuts at #7 on the Annual Top 600 Specialty Contractor List

Engineering News Record (ENR) is regarded as one of the top publications for the construction industry, dating back more than 100 years. Each year, ENR publishes the Top 600 Specialty Contractor List and Artera has debuted on this year’s list at number seven!

“What an honor to be recognized amongst our peers within the industry,” said Brian Palmer, CEO of Artera. Artera also ranked number four in ENR’s Top 20 Firms in Utility.

While 2020 has been quite a year, we never lost sight of what matters – keeping safe and reliable energy flowing to homes and businesses – something our team members, customers and communities can all appreciate.

As part of the Top Ten in the market, we will continue our focus on growth, creating endless opportunities to make a lasting impact with our customers and the communities where we live and work.

“Our people are what makes Artera such a great place to work,” said Brian, “And our operating companies are the real heart of what we do and the face to our customers and the community.”

The Artera story is just beginning and ranking on this highly recognized list cements our achievements in 2020 and opens our eyes to where we are headed in the next decade.

Each year, ENR chooses the top specialty contractors across the United States based on annual results that are provided by each participating company and based on revenue generated during the preceding calendar year. For more information about ENR, visit www.enr.com.

Artera’s operating companies include KS Energy Services, Miller Pipeline, Minnesota Limited, Otis Eastern, Southeast Connections, Volt Power, Hydro-X and Hydro-X II. For more information about Artera, or our operating companies, visit www.artera.com.

To view the entire issue, please visit: http://bit.ly/ENR600