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ATC named one of the best medium-sized companies in the U.S.

American Transmission Co. has been named one of the best medium workplaces on the 2014 Great
Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces list, published in FORTUNE magazine.
We competed against hundreds of companies across the country to receive this honor to rank in the 25 top medium-sized workplaces. This is the first time we have applied for and received this honor in our 13-year history.
The rigorous selection process included a written application, but the bulk of the weight of the application came from an employee survey about benefits programs and company practices. Seventy-one percent of ATC employees participated in the survey and their responses placed ATC in the 95 percentile for positive marks in the five dimensions of a great workplace: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie.
“Every day, we strive to be a company where engaged and productive employees enjoy working. The best way to measure how we are doing is to ask employees for feedback,” said ATC President and CEO John Procario. “We are honored to be named among the best places to work in the country, most importantly because it is our employees’ assessment that put us there.”

Here are a few things that employees had to say which helped get ATC in the top 25:

  • “ATC puts a high emphasis on safety and is a steward of the environment.”
  • “I really enjoy the autonomy of my job. I am given all the resources, the time and the encouragement to function at a very high level. I feel I align well with ATC’s decisions and values, and that the company wants me to excel. Everybody is respected here.”
  • “The corporate culture is exceptionally supportive. People go out of their way to help one another. People are also polite and considerate. There are no organizational barriers to cooperation, so people easily work in informal teams across functional areas to get things done.”
  • “Ensuring electricity is reliable and affordable plays a huge part in our jobs and everyone in our service territory’s lives.”

Check out the 2014 Great Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces list, as published in FORTUNE magazine here.
Learn more about why ATC made the list in the Great Place to Work® Great Rated! Review.

Interested in working at ATC? Visit our careers page here.

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ATC team takes on Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk for the kids

ATC’s All for The Children team lined up for Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, to help kids receive care and services they need to improve their lives. Employees and family members had fun and raised almost $3,000 in addition to ATC’s bib sponsorship.

  It was chilly as ATC’s team warmed up for the event.

  Family members sporting their team T-shirts.

There was something for everyone, including an 8K run and a 5-mile or 3-mile walk through downtown Milwaukee. Live performers pumped up the crowd with a Radio Disney sing-a-long at the starting line on the Marquette University campus. Various musicians, cheerleaders and local residents were there to encourage the runners and walkers along the way. Afterwards, participants enjoyed music from Mat Kearney and other activities on the Summerfest grounds.

  Walkers take a moment to huddle up and smile.
ATC is proud to support Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and has been a sponsor of this event since 2011. The organization provides many services throughout Wisconsin, including health care, counseling, family resource centers and treatment foster care. Click here to see a map of communities in Wisconsin with CHW services. 

A bird’s eye view of construction on the Zoo Interchange, Western Milwaukee County Electric Reliability projects

We’re continuing to make progress on the Zoo Interchange Project, a project to relocate seven overhead 138-kilovolt transmission lines to accommodate expansion and realignment of the interchange. Lattice structures are being replaced with 50 single pole structures, many of which have already been swapped out. The transmission lines west of the interchange were completed and placed into service in May.

Crews were hard at work in late August installing conductor (wires) on the transmission structures on the southern portion of the project. Construction on the lines south of the Zoo Interchange will continue through this fall and winter and will be placed into service this winter.
On the Western Milwaukee County Electric Reliability Project, crews are using wooden construction mats to protect the ground and wetlands from damage by heavy machinery as they work to install transmission foundations and structures along the portion of the line that runs along Underwood Creek Parkway.
Duct instillation work for the underground portion of the line should be completed in September. Foundation work and pole setting for the overhead portion of the project will continue this fall, with wire stringing occurring in late fall. The project is on track to be placed into service in spring 2015.





Osprey have a view from the top on ATC nest platforms

ATC is committed to environmental leadership in all aspects of our business. One of the ways we demonstrate this commitment is through our avian stewardship.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, about 87 percent of Wisconsin’s breeding osprey population nest on platforms. There are more than 100 nesting platforms located on or adjacent to transmission lines in ATC’s service area, and these platforms support successful breeding of this once declining species.

These platforms protect the birds, enhance electric reliability and promote continued recovery of the species. Learn more about how we protect our feathered friends.

We recently spotted two osprey families nesting along our Clear Lake-Woodmin line in northern Wisconsin.

An osprey gets comfy on a nesting platform near our Woodmin Substation.

There are more than 100 nesting platforms located on or near ATC facilities

Madison, Wis., employees and their families also have taken office mascots, toy osprey couple Ozzie and Harriet, out and about “Flat Stanley” style over the years. 

Riding along for Bike to Work Week.
Enjoying the lake breeze on Cana Island, Door County, Wis.

Tagging along for Pesto Fest at Vermont Valley Community Farm.

STIHL Tour des Trees, Day 7 – Aug. 2: Port Washington to Milwaukee

“Hey, it’s Ben Gura again – and I am so happy to say I am writing the final day’s blog while sitting comfortably on my couch at home! I made it safe and sound with only a couple of mechanical issues on the bike. My legs are sore but in a good way – and the rest of my body is happy to be off the bike. 

The last ride day, Saturday, was bittersweet. Everyone was excited to be finished and to ride into the closing ceremony, but also disappointed that we would have to leave all of these new friends we made. The 40 miles went way too fast. I spent the first 20 miles with the fast guys just to see what it was like to put the hammer down and it felt great! The last 20 was a slow processional with a lot of chatter. It presented a great opportunity to say thank you to all of those I had ridden with throughout the week.

At the very last mile, the Team Wisconsin riders moved to the front of the pack to lead the way to Mount Mary College. This is where all of our friends and family had gathered and where the international tree climbing championships were being held. As we turned into the college entrance, the entire road was filled with people cheering and clapping for us. It was a really nice moment to see how happy everyone was to see us. Among those cheering was my family…now that made me smile!!
After hugs and kisses from the family and a quick round of pictures we had the final presentation. The TREE Fund thanked the sponsors and identified the 10 ten individual fund raisers. Team Wisconsin was the top fund raising team which was our goal! The Tour des Trees raised over $500,000 for The TREE Fund this year. I didn’t hit my goal but I am so happy at how close I came. I want to take an opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who donated to The TREE Fund! It really means a lot to me and your support really does help the trees.
A highlight from this year’s Tour was witnessing the dedication of over 23 trees, and a record number of educational events featuring Professor Elwood Pricklethorn. As riders, we tend to focus on the miles and occasionally we forget about the trees. But every tree that the Tour dedicates is a benefit to the community, environment and ecosystem. Every tree will provide oxygen to a cyclist, a shady spot to rest and a break from the wind. The trees are the reason we ride!  
My favorite part of the Tour was the educational events for the kids. Tour rider Warren Hoselton – aka “Professor Elwood Pricklethorn” does an outstanding job engaging the children and helping them understand the importance of trees. I heard that the Tour entertained over 300 kids during this year’s events. That’s 300 kids who now have an appreciation for “planting the right tree in the right place,” understanding what trees give to the community and hopefully having a desire to do more with trees as they get older. Who knows… maybe one or two of those kids will be foresters when they grow up!
The final tree dedication was at the Mount Mary College grounds, following the presentations. This tree dedication was particularly special because my family was there and my daughter, Morgan, and son, Jake, got to see how silly a group of adults could be. What a great way to end the week! Thank you again to ATC for sponsoring the lunch and educational event in New London. The Tour des Trees really matches our corporate values and I hope that ATC will become a long-term sponsor of this great event.
And thanks to all of you for letting me share my experiences with you during the past week. I’m now fairly certain: this Tour will not be my last…”