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Blog | American Transmission Co. - Part 7

Annual Report highlights how we’re powering innovation

American Transmission Co. employees are hard at work operating and maintaining the complex electric transmission grid every day. Our more than 9,890 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and 568 substations provide communities with access to local and regional energy sources.

Our Annual Report, published each spring, is available for viewing on our website.

The 2018 report highlights our accomplishments in power delivery, environmental stewardship, community involvement and financial performance.

In his introductory letter, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board Mike Rowe notes the hallmarks of the ATC organization: operational excellence, industry-leading construction management and innovation.

Key achievements in 2018 include:

  • Completing more than 180 capital projects
  • Placing the 180-mile, 345,000-volt Badger Coulee line in service
  • Completing the 45-mile, North Appleton-Morgan Project with the lowest construction cost per mile for a 345-kV line in our company’s history
  • Ranking among the best in the industry for low number of bulk power and forced outages
  • Working with Alaska utilities to create a Transco
  • Embracing new technology with first-to-industry pipe-bursting underground transmission line replacement method and a storage as transmission asset project proposal

Want to learn more about how we’re powering innovation? Read the full report.


ATC recognized again as Top Workplace

For the sixth consecutive year, American Transmission Co. 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 Philadelphia-based Energage (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. The survey measured several aspects of workplace culture.

“Top Workplaces puts the employee at the center of things and focuses on creating the right environment to unleash potential and inspire performance,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage.

The designation is just one of many ATC has received over the years highlighting the undeniable positive energy that resonates throughout the organization. Feedback from our employees has consistently placed ATC on local and national top workplace lists and garnered awards, including Great Place to Work® Best Workplaces in Fortune and the Workplace Excellence Award from the New North.

Milwaukee Bucks, ATC commit additional 573 trees to Wisconsin schools

The Milwaukee Bucks wrapped up the 2018-19 regular season Wednesday night. The incredible success they’ve had the entire season launches them into the playoffs – but we’re still reminiscing about the regular season, when they scored a record 573 3-point shots. Hands down (but arms up) … this record is for the books.

What makes it even more so, is that the Trees for Threes partnership we have with the Bucks is a reflection of our commitment to the environment – they score a 3-point shot at home, and another tree gets planted. After three seasons, those numbers are starting to add up: 355 in 2016-17; 343 in 2017-18 and this season – 573 trees.

That means by this fall, there will be 1,271 more trees in Wisconsin communities and schools than there were three years ago.

More trees, more green space and a better environment: we’re convinced THAT is something we can all cheer for.

ATC welcomes Milwaukee Academy of Science students

High school students from Milwaukee Academy of Science recently visited American Transmission Co. to learn about careers in the electric transmission industry.

Milwaukee Academy of Science is a K-12 charter school founded almost 20 years ago by the late T. Michael Bolger, former president and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin, to promote science, technology, engineering and math curriculum and encourage students living in Milwaukee to attend college and enter STEM careers.

The MAS students who attended the ATC event are interested in different applications for engineering as they decide which fields to study in college. Their visit began with a tour of ATC’s system operations control room. They also heard a panel discussion by ATC employees who shared information about their education, careers and varied responsibilities in their roles at ATC, and answered questions.

ATC employees enjoy their work and are inspired by helping to educate the next generation about the great opportunities available in our industry. We appreciate having the chance to welcome MAS students and look forward to hearing from them as they make their education decisions and begin their careers.

Employees welcome Fairview School for career education

American Transmission Co. cares about students in our community. As part of our commitment to mentor students in science, technology, engineering and math programs, ATC has partnered with Fairview School through the Milwaukee Public Schools district’s Adopt-a-School program to support students in the classroom and teach them about real-life applications of STEM skills. Fairview educates students in grades K4-8 with STEM programming.

Recently, employees welcomed a visit from seventh and eighth grade students from Fairview School to share information about their job roles and give them a tour of our facility.

For the visit, Fairview teachers requested that employees share information about a wide spectrum of careers available at ATC, whether directly STEM related or not.

Employees gave small-group presentations in an open-house format to allow students to interact and ask questions. Students learned about employee roles in cybersecurity, environmental project management, construction, engineering, asset maintenance, system operations and legal.

MPS Director of Strategic Partnerships and Customer Service Kellie Sigh attended the event. She said, “The Adopt-a-School program is a win-win for our partners and for MPS. This partnership has provided several opportunities for our students to connect with ATC business professionals at Fairview school and at ATC’s offices. This event showcased senior project managers, engineers, attorneys and human resources officials. What was especially exciting is that some of the presenters were MPS alumni. We are grateful to ATC for working with us to build a strong partnership that has really been a benefit to our students.”

We are proud to partner with Fairview School and MPS and look forward to future opportunities to bring education to life for students in our community.