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ATC recognized again as Top Workplace

We have positive energy at American Transmission Co., and it shows year after year when our employees have an opportunity to share their opinion about what it’s like to work here.

For the fifth year, ATC has been awarded a Top Workplaces honor by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“Receiving this honor again is a tribute to our employees, who are among the best in our industry,” said ATC President and CEO Mike Rowe. “Their responses put us on the list, and their spirit of collaboration and innovation is what makes ATC a place where people learn, grow and stay.”

The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. The survey measured several aspects of workplace culture.

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together.”

ATC is a great place to work because what we do matters. Plus, we get to work with smart, committed and caring people. That positive energy, along with great pay and benefits, is why employees want to learn, grow and stay here. It is an honor to be recognized by our employees for something we strive to provide every day, a great workplace.

ATC to present proposed routes for Riverside Transmission Line Project

Proposed line would connect expanded Riverside Energy Center to electric grid

Madison, Wis. – American Transmission Co. is continuing public outreach for the proposed 345,000-volt Riverside Transmission Line Project with the last in a series of informational open houses for residents and other stakeholders in the area. Project plans include an approximately 4- to 4.5-mile, double-circuit transmission line from a planned new substation near the Alliant Energy West Riverside Energy Center to an existing 345-kV transmission line in the Town of Beloit.

The project is needed to connect the expanded Riverside Energy Center to the electric transmission grid. The West Riverside Energy Center will include a natural gas-fueled generating station with an integrated solar installation.

“We have identified two proposed routes for the project. If the project is approved, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin will select and order one route to be built,” said Charles Gonzales, ATC senior local relations representative. “This open house will provide property owners, local officials and other stakeholders in the area an opportunity to review project maps and ask questions.”

The open house date, time and location are listed below. Members of the project team will be on hand to answer questions and share information. There will not be a formal presentation.

Tuesday, May 2, 4 to 7 p.m.
Boundaries Bar & Grill, Birch Room Banquet Hall, 3807 S. Riverside Drive, Beloit

ATC plans to file a formal application to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin in summer 2017 for authorization to construct the line. If the project is approved by the PSC, construction is expected to begin in 2018 to meet an in-service date of 2019.

A project map and up-to-date information are available at http://www.atc-projects.com/projects/riverside-transmission-line-project/.

ATC goes blue for autism awareness month

If you visit American Transmission Co.’s offices, you may notice a bluish tint to the outdoor fountains and blue lights in some areas. It’s all to show support for autism awareness month.

ATC is joining thousands of other organizations across 157 countries striving to bring awareness to autism spectrum disorder during the month of April. Other organizations that have participated include the Sydney Opera House in Australia, Niagara Falls in Canada, The Great Pyramids of Giza, The Freedom Tower in New York and Milwaukee’s U.S. Bank building.

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. There is not one autism but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges.

ATC is proud to help sponsor events geared toward supporting individuals with autism and their families. ATC is also proud to offer programs and support for employees who know or care for someone with autism.

Wisconsin communities score 355 trees through ATC, Bucks partnership

The Bucks welcomed American Transmission Co. to center court during its last regular season game Monday night.

American Transmission Co. is donating 355 trees to Wisconsin communities as part of a partnership called Trees for Threes with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Trees for Threes program sponsors the planting of a new tree in Wisconsin for each three-point shot the Bucks made at the BMO Harris Bradley Center this season. That total was 355 after the Bucks’ last regular season game Monday night.

The team far surpassed its three-point tally from last season, which was 220 three-pointers made at home.

ATC and the Bucks will identify Wisconsin schools and community partners to participate in the tree plantings. The Trees for Threes initiative aligns with ATC’s Grow Smart® program, which helps property owners and communities identify low-growing, compatible vegetation that can be planted the smart way – a safe distance from transmission line rights-of-way.

Check back for updates about tree plantings near you.

New engineers learn the ropes with ATC design engineering team

The design engineering team celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2016.

American Transmission Co. is home to some of the best and brightest engineering minds in the utility industry.

 
That’s thanks, in part, to a team that’s relatively small and rather new; but it’s a team that’s making a substantial impact – design engineering.

 
In just six years, ATC’s design engineering department has supported $100 million in projects. Still, Design Engineering Manager Nick G. says the department’s most valuable asset isn’t the projects – it’s the people.

 
The department has welcomed, encouraged and cultivated the talents of dozens of engineers and designers, many of whom started with ATC as recent college graduates.

 
Meredith J., project engineer, credits her time in the department with her growth as an engineer.

 
She graduated from UW-Madison in 2011 with a civil engineering degree. She joined ATC as a scheduler in 2012 after working briefly in the utility industry. Hoping to gain more engineering experience, she joined the design engineering team. After honing her skills in the department, she now works on much larger projects as a project engineer with ATC.

 
“The experience in design engineering has been incredibly valuable in my current role as a project engineer,” said Meredith.

 
Design engineering supports projects that play a vital role in ensuring ATC meets energy needs across its service territory. The team is responsible for designing repairs or replacements of infrastructure like wood poles, batteries, communication technologies and control devices. The team also works on line relocation projects, and projects connecting transmission lines to distribution substations.

 
The design engineering team formed in 2011 when ATC opted to bring formerly contracted design services in-house. Leaders at ATC thought the department could help train and cultivate newer engineers.

 
Six years later, the design engineering team atmosphere is undeniably positive with a focus on collaboration and creativity. Nick says it’s not just the newer engineers who benefit – it’s everyone.

 
“It’s fun. We learn a lot. The more experienced people learn a lot from the new employees, so it makes it a lot of fun to have that new, fresh creativity in the group,” he said.

 

Jerry C., senior civil designer, design engineering, was one of the more experienced employees to join the team. He transferred to the department after a number of years with ATC to fill a need on the team for more  employees with a background in civil design.

 
“I feel very proud of what design engineering has accomplished in its short existence,” said Jerry. “We have trained young engineers that have now gone on to other positions within the company, and we have saved the company money by bringing some of the engineering back in-house.”

 
Tam V., team leader, design engineering, also joined design engineering to help mentor newer engineers.

 
“Working with the new engineers and designers in design engineering – watching them learn the business and develop their skills – has been the most rewarding part of my career,” he said. “They have a lot of energy and are eager to learn and make an impact.  Sometimes the most difficult thing is to slow them down a little and help them learn to walk before they run. The goal is always for continuous and steady improvement.”

 
Going forward, the team is looking forward to bringing in more engineers and helping them learn to both walk and run with ATC.

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