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

Flagpole Installation at Becker City Hall

Recently, Minnesota Limited fabricated and installed three flagpoles at the city hall in Becker, Minnesota. A big thank you to Tom Lilyerd and his crew in the fabrication shop for their hard work on this project. In addition, thank you to Jon Knoebel, Jared Sullivan, and Ben Schrader for their help with the installation.

Photo Gallery: Flagpole Installation at Becker City Hall

Minnesota Limited is proud to partner with our local communities. Our core value of Commitment To The Team extends beyond our crew members in the field and office to include all of those who live in the communities we work in. We are committed to giving back and supporting those individuals.

Birthday Box Project 2019

Over the past couple of weeks, Minnesota Limited employees collected birthday supplies to fill 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 82 boxes for this cause. Click the link below to see photos from the project. A big thank you to everyone who helped out!

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 via email at corporate.communications@mnlimited.com.

Photo Gallery: Birthday Box Project 2019

Miller Pipeline To Acquire Ocala-Based Hamlet Construction

Hamlet acquisition affords Miller Pipeline expanded territory in central Florida

INDIANAPOLIS – Miller Pipeline is pleased to announce the acquisition of Hamlet Construction, based in Ocala, Florida. Founded in 1973, Hamlet has grown from a small family business to an organization known for its detail-oriented project planning and execution. Hamlet specializes in natural gas mains and services, water and sewer lines, fire hydrants, and reclaimed water lines. Miller is a leader in providing a comprehensive range of pipeline contracting and rehabilitation services for natural gas, liquids, water, and wastewater pipelines.

“For several years we have wanted to expand our natural gas operations in Florida, and the opportunity to join forces with Hamlet’s top-notch team is a huge step in that direction,” said Chad Davis, Vice President of South Region Construction for Miller Pipeline. “Their core values of honesty, hard work, doing a quality job and building long-term relationships align closely with Miller Pipeline’s four core values of safety, quality, commitment, and reputation. We feel our companies could not be a better match for one another.”

For Miller Pipeline, the acquisition adds 100 construction professionals to an existing roster of 3,300 employees across the country.

Day-to-day operations will continue to be coordinated by Harvey Vandeven, General Manager of Florida Operations, who will report to Davis.

“Hamlet is consistently viewed as a top contractor around central Florida, and we are excited to have them join our team,” said MVerge CEO Doug Banning. “The Florida gas construction market is a relatively new market for us. The Hamlet team brings local expertise and resources to help us expand our customer base. We are committed to providing the same level of customer service, safety, and quality work to customers. We look forward to the new employees adopting our culture built around our core values, making safety personal, and our core purpose of ‘Building Infrastructure; Building Relationships.”

 

About Miller Pipeline: Miller Pipeline, an MVerge Company, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CenterPoint Energy. Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Miller Pipeline has been in business since 1953 and currently operates in 21 states. They have been a leader in building and maintaining America’s infrastructure for over 65 years. Their workforce is comprised of highly trained and skilled employees totaling more than 3,000, with office locations in over 20 states around the United States.

MVerge is an infrastructure services division offering turnkey solutions to customers in the pipeline construction market and is comprised of Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited. By collaborating, they can bring individual strengths together as one company striving to provide comprehensive solutions to the pipeline construction market. For more information, visit www.millerpipeline.com

 

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements, which include the ability of Miller Pipeline to access new markets and customer segments, their footprint and expanded capabilities and customer growth and the impact on future operations, 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. Any statements in this news release regarding growth and performance and any other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Each forward-looking statement contained in this news release speaks only as of the date of this release. Factors that could affect actual results include (1) factors related to our business and the economy, (2) the performance of the companies, (3) competitive conditions in the industry, (4) state and federal legislative and regulatory actions or developments affecting various aspects of the businesses and (5) other factors discussed in reports CenterPoint Energy or its subsidiaries may file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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