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ATC’s new CEO is a familiar face

American Transmission Co. names Mike Rowe as new CEODuring their April meeting, the American Transmission Co. Board of Directors selected ATC Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Rowe to serve as ATC’s next president and chief executive officer.

Rowe has been with ATC for more than eight years. He joined the company in January 2006 as vice president of Construction, and in 2012 was promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer with responsibility for Asset Management and System Operations. In May 2014 he also assumed overall responsibility for System Planning. Under Rowe’s direction, ATC put processes in place that helped the company complete more than $2 billion in projects on time, within budget and delivering value to its customers.

Outgoing President, CEO and Chairman John Procario, who announced last year his plans to retire, will hand over the reins to Rowe on May 1. To ensure a smooth transition, Procario will serve as executive chairman until his retirement on July 31, and will continue as chair of the ATC board through the end of 2015.

Congratulations to Mike Rowe on his new role!

2014 annual report features best-in-class operations, community involvement, environmental stewardship

AnnualReport-2014Each year, American Transmission Co. issues an Annual Report that highlights construction and operations, project updates, financial information and more.

2014 highlights include:

Operational excellence: We earned a “best in class” performance rating for 100- to 161-kilovolt circuits in a longitudinal industry study and ranked in the top 10 percent for 345- to 500-kV circuits.

Improved electric reliability, innovative technology: A project near St. Ignace, Mich., to better manage the flow of electricity between Upper and Lower Michigan. The flow-control device, one of only three such facilities in the country, began providing geographically widespread reliability benefits soon after it began commercial operation.

Environmental activities above and beyond the lines: Stewardship efforts and work this year included a study of bee habitat and behavior in transmission line corridors, projects to curb the spread of invasive species and the company’s Avian Protection Program.

Giving back: Employees are at the heart of the company’s community relations; more than 100 employees participated in United Way Days of Caring activities around the state. ATC connects with communities in other ways, including sponsorships benefiting Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Junior Achievement, the Urban League and the YMCA. The company contributed $600,000 to more than 500 charitable and community programs in the area it serves.


ATC receives award for supporting programs at Milwaukee County Zoo

Now we know how big an elephant’s footprint really is. 2015_ZooAward_group-web The award even has a real African elephant footprint. We’re proud to support the important education and conservation work the Zoological Society of Milwaukee provides to the community.

Over the past decade, ATC has sponsored Party for the Planet, a two-day event that celebrates Earth Day and Migratory Bird Day. The event helps educate zoo visitors about environmental stewardship with fun, interactive activities. Our exhibit allows visitors to compare their wingspan to those of a bald eagle, whooping crane, osprey and black crow. ATC strives to minimize the impact that transmission line construction and operation have on wildlife throughout our service area with our Avian Protection program.2015_ZooAward_wingspan

Last year, a local Cub Scout troop helped Milwaukee County Zoo Forester Alex Krutsch and other volunteers plant more than 100 native trees and shrubs representing 13 different species on the zoo grounds. ATC provided the zoo with assistance for removing damaged vegetation and invasive species and replacing them with native trees and shrubs. Restoration of this area was done to help to diversify plant and animal species, improve air quality, reduce the zoo’s carbon footprint and enhance the beauty of the zoo. ATC supports the planting of trees and vegetation a safe distance from transmission lines to help ensure public safety and ensure electric system reliability. You can learn more about it by checking out our Grow Smart program.2015_ZooAward_CubScouts

Watch a short video to see the fun we had at the Zoo during Party for the Planet last year.

Celebrating National Engineers Week

Brian and John enjoy collaborating on a project.

Brian and John, design engineering, enjoy collaborating on a project.

It’s National Engineers Week and we’re proud to employ a pretty exceptional amount of engineers per capita at American Transmission Co.

If you’re walking the floors of our offices, about one in every four employees is an electrical, civil, industrial or other type of engineer. And while the rest of the world may think of gym class when you say PE, we instantly envision the Professional Engineer designation.

Our engineers help manage construction projects, operate the grid, plan for future transmission upgrades and more.

If you’re an engineer looking for a Great Place to Work®, join our talent network and check out some of our current openings:

The power of giving

It’s no secret that our employees love to give. As a company and individuals we support local organizations with our time, funds and in-kind donations. And while the first thing you think of when an electric utility comes to mind may not be fun, we like to weave it in whenever we can. Here’s how some employees are having a good time while giving back.

Banana phones and white elephants

Our real estate team raised a whopping $730 with its second annual White Elephant Auction at their holiday lunch. Manager of Real Estate Sarah Justus started the tradition last year; buying a number of wacky and wild items and encouraging her team to bid on them white elephant-style for charity.

“The generosity of my colleagues is amazing. It was very fun and personally gratifying to support such an inspirational organization,” said Justus.

This year’s beneficiary was Make-A-Wish®. Which item garnered the highest bid this time around? A banana phone secured by Real Estate Manager David Hollenberger for a generous donation.

Betting with baked goods

Three Madison, Wis., employees made the annual Second Harvest Foodbank Share Your Holidays food and fund drive a little more interesting by making a friendly baked goods wager. Each team captain bet their team would collect the most meals, with the winning team receiving baked goods from the second and third place team leaders. More than 1,850 meals were raised during the campaign.