CenterPoint Energy and Vectren Complete Merger

CenterPoint Energy and Vectren have successfully completed their merger. Their combined company has regulated electric and natural gas utility businesses in eight states serving more than 7 million customers and a competitive energy businesses’ footprint in nearly 40 states.

Says Scott Prochazka, president and CEO, “Today, we come together as one company focused on the safe and reliable delivery of electricity, natural gas and energy-related services. We are well positioned to deliver traditional energy services with innovative solutions that meet customers’ evolving needs and expectations.”

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What I Live For

Safety is personal to us because of the things in our life that are invaluable; our families, our friends, and our overall health. We strive to practice safe work behaviors so that each one of our teammates goes home at the end of the day.

This video was created from photos, drawings, and video clips submitted by Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited employees to remind ourselves the reasons of why we work safe. It was shown at the 2019 Joint Leadership Conference in conjunction with a safety moment from Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety at MVerge, Steve Cronkhite.

2019 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 2019 Leading With Our Values Awards banquet, held at our 2019 Joint Leadership Conference in Orlando on January 24th, 2019. This banquet was attended by 370 of our executive, office, and field leaders. Click each recipient’s name below to watch their video. The full ceremony can be found by visiting Miller Pipeline’s Facebook page. Click HERE to access.

 

Congratulations to all of our 2019 recipients!

Austin O’Hara, Safety Manager (South Region) – Miller Pipeline
Safety First and Foremost

Tyler Royse, Project Foreman – Minnesota Limited
Safety First and Foremost

Raben Laboy, Superintendent – Miller Pipeline
Quality In Everything We Do

Clint Johnson, Project Foreman – Minnesota Limited
Quality In Everything We Do

Justin Bray, General Foreman – Miller Pipeline
Commitment to the Team

LuAnn Brady, Office Manager – Minnesota Limited
Commitment to the Team

Mike Lang, Regional Technical Trainer Supervisor (South Region) – Miller Pipeline
Reputation Built on Integrity

Charlie Tobias, Project Foreman – Minnesota Limited
Reputation Built on Integrity

Best Christmas Ever – Bemidji, MN

The Bemidji, MN office recently participated in the Best Christmas Ever program, bringing holiday cheer to a local family in need. Their team gathered over 35 gifts from the family’s wish list. See the full story and video link below. Thank you to everyone in the Bemidji office for their participation in this project and for supporting their local community!

Video: Best Christmas Ever

 

Article from Lakeland PBS

For the 3rd year in a row, a family in Bemidji who has recently fallen on hard times will be have an extra merry Christmas thanks, in part, to the Bemdiji Best Christmas Ever team.

“Thank you guys for doing this,” says family member and daughter Kelsey.

“Thank you guys. All of you guys! I am so happy right now I can’t stop smiling,” says Kaylie, the oldest daughter of the family.

The Hunter family came on rough times earlier this year when daughter Kaitlyn was diagnosed with cancer. They’ve been making trips to hospitals down in the cities ever since.

Brandon Hunter, Kaitlyn’s father, says, “The way I feel about it, kind of in August at the time we found out about the diagnosis is you almost thought that your life stopped at that point. Other than that, it’s been a very testing year for the other children.”

“It’s been really hard on us kids because we haven’t had our parents home lately,” adds Kelsey.

The family was nominated by Kaylie’s teacher, Jaqueline Stoffel. She nominated the family because she thought the surprise could help the family a lot.

Stoffel says, “I had Kaylie in class, and a lot of times as this was going on she would come and sit by me during class and just talk to me about what’s going on and at the time, and so I got to know the family just through her, and I thought this would be something wonderful for their family.”

The Best Christmas Ever surprise is a huge plus for the family, but another thing that’s making their holidays happy is that Kaitlyn is finally home.

“I was totally shocked that everyone came here just to wish a merry Christmas to my cousin Kaitlyn,” says family cousin Anthoney.

Kaylie adds, “I love my sister coming home. It’s just a surprise that my sister’s coming home and staying home for a little while until Christmas.”

Final numbers are still being tallied but overall, the community was able to raise around $7,000 worth of gifts and donations for the family. The family says they are extremely grateful for everyone’s generosity.

“Aside from what you might see on TV, there truly are still good people in this world, and I don’t care what anybody says. I’ve learned that a lot through this process and there’s a lot of times that you would you never make it through without people like this, and I truly want to say thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart,” says Hunter.

In the future, the Bemidji Best Christmas Ever team says they hope to someday get to a point where they can help out multiple families in the community.

Tinsel in the Trenches 2018

This​ holiday season employees at the Big Lake office partnered with two organizations to help bring holiday cheer to members in our community.

Rivers of Hope, a non-profit organization supporting families affected by domestic violence, reached out to businesses to adopt families in their program and fulfill Christmas wish lists. Minnesota Limited was assigned a family and purchased gifts for a mother and her daughter, including items such as blankets, craft kits, books, and clothing.

The second project involved Minnesota Limited collecting winter gear such as hats, mittens, scarves, and boots for children in need. This project supported a coat drive being put on by Vision Companies, a staffing agency that Minnesota Limited has worked with in the past. These items will go directly to local children who do not have access to warm outerwear during the cold winter months.

Thank you to everyone who participated in these projects! Our core value of Commitment to the Team extends beyond our co-workers and crew mates to the communities we live and operate in. Happy Holidays!

Moundsville Community Outreach Project

Tis the season of giving! Wes Bogard’s crew in West Virginia partnered with Local Union Hall WV 697 in their recent Toys For Tots drive. Their crew collected toys and raised over $300 for this worthy cause. A big thank you to everyone involved for exemplifying our commitment to our communities. Great job!

L to R: Gary May (Driver), Donnie Fischer (Driver), Eduardo Avalos (Driver), Cleatus Still (Teamster Steward), Mike Miller (Warehouse), Mark York (Truck Foreman), Wes Bogard (Superintendent)

2019 What Safety Means To Me Calendar Project

On behalf of the Safety Committee, we would like to say thank you to all of the individuals who submitted artwork for our 2019 What Safety Means To Me Calendar project. All entries will be placed into a custom calendar that will be sent to employee’s home addresses during the first part of December. In addition, we will be making a video that will feature all of the submissions and will be posted to ePipeline and ML Mobile at that same time. This project would not have been successful without the support of our team and their families. Thank you!

Fall Highway Clean Up 2018

Employees at the Big Lake office took part in a roadside clean up event on their adopted road. This project showcased Minnesota Limited’s commitment to their team, which includes the local community and the environment around the office. A huge thank you goes out to all of those who participated!

Fall Highway Clean Up 2018 Photo

For more information on community outreach opportunities, please contact the Communications department at corporate.communications@mnlimited.com today.

Vice President Promotion Announcement

Big Lake, MN – We are pleased to announce the promotion of Dan Britz to Vice President of Operations – West Region and Christopher Haux to Vice President of Operations – Major Projects.

Dan joined Minnesota Limited in 2008 as a Project Manager, before being promoted to a Senior Project Manager in 2017. His work on notable projects such as the Alberta Clipper pump stations, the Southern Lights pump stations, the Bakken Expansion, and the Line 61 / Line 67 Mainline Enhancement project displayed his exceptional leadership abilities and commitment to delivering the highest quality of work. His focus will center around our ongoing facilities work, as well as maintenance, integrity, and gathering work in the western region.

Christopher started with Minnesota Limited as the Director of Environmental Health and Safety in 2002. In 2008, he went to work for Enbridge as a Senior Manager of Engineering and Construction, before rejoining the Minnesota Limited team in 2016 as a Senior Project Manager. Since then, he has worked on larger scale projects such as the Utopia pipeline, the Wolverine project, and most recently, the NISPCO and MarkWest projects. He dedicates himself and his crews to excellence in each scope of work, providing the highest level of customer service to our clients. He will continue to focus on our larger mainline system projects.

Both Dan and Christopher bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our organization, and we are excited about their new roles within the company. Congratulations!

2018 Charity Golf Outing Presentation

Minnesota Limited presented Rivers of Hope with a check for the funds collected at the 2018 Minnesota Limited Charity Golf Outing. The golf outing, which directed 100% of proceeds raised to the chosen charity, brought in $49,185 through donations, greens fees, sponsorships, and raffle tickets. The funds raised will go towards Rivers of Hope’s youth advocacy program in the local elementary, middle, and high schools. Rivers of Hope is a non-profit organization offering general and legal advocacy, education, support groups, information, and referrals for families affected by domestic violence. Thank you to Chris Pommerenke and the staff at Rivers of Hope for partnering with our organization and allowing us to support your cause.