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Employees celebrate Mother’s Day at Women Build

American Transmission Co. sponsored a team during National Women Build Week to help Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County build affordable housing to support the community.

On Saturday, May 11, nine employee volunteers, including two mother and daughter teams who volunteered together in celebration of Mother’s Day, helped another mother build her new home.

Habitat is building the home for single mom Dawn, her daughter Courtney, who is in college and the National Guard, and her 9-year-old daughter Myah, who has severe special needs. The home is the first ranch-style home Waukesha’s Habitat has built, and will include special accommodations for Myah such as wider doorways for her wheelchair and a lift to help her use the bathtub safely.

The ATC team built and raised three exterior walls for the project. The project will continue throughout the summer and fall. It is expected that Dawn and her family will be able to move in before the end of the year.

Click here to learn more and watch a video about the project by Milwaukee’s WTMJ news.

A photo gallery of the event is also located below.

ATC to begin soil boring testing in Straits of Mackinac for upcoming cable replacement project

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers issued permit; work will include shoreline and submarine soil borings

PEWAUKEE, Wis. — American Transmission Co. will begin soil boring testing the week of May 13 in preparation for the planned replacement of ATC’s 138,000-volt submarine electric cables crossing the Straits of Mackinac that were damaged last year when an anchor struck them. The soil borings will begin along the Upper and Lower Michigan shorelines, near the McGulpin and Point La Barbe Riser Stations, and will continue along the lakebed of the Straits through June. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in mid-March issued a permit authorizing the work.

“Our goal is to fully assess the soil where we anticipate the new cables will be located, while minimizing shoreline and lakebed disturbance,” said ATC Project Manager Dustin Johanek.

Following the soil boring work, ATC will apply for additional regulatory and environmental permits from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and Michigan’s EGLE by the end of 2019. Beginning in the second quarter of 2021, ATC plans to remove the existing submarine cables and replace them with cables containing solid dielectric insulation to re-establish the two, approximately 4-mile, 138-kv circuits in the Straits. The in-service date is anticipated to be December 2021. ATC continues to work with tribal nations, regulators and nearby landowners to gather input on the cable replacement project.

Note to editors: In its December 2018 Transmission Expansion Plan, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator recommended the replacement of ATC’s two electric circuits in the Straits as soon as practical to ensure the continued reliable service to the Upper Peninsula. More information about ATC’s Straits Cable Replacement Project can be found on the project page. Details regarding the April 2018 anchor strike to ATC’s cables and the subsequent restoration can be found here.

ATC celebrates Superhero Day with United Way

We care about making sure members of our community have healthy food when they’re hungry. On May 1, American Transmission Co. provided sandwich fixings to make more than 600 sandwiches for local United Way organizations. Employee superheroes across our footprint volunteered to order and organize the items and worked alongside United Way members to assemble the sandwiches and write notes of encouragement for the recipients.

Sandwiches were delivered to these local United Way organizations:

  • Alpha Omega Residential Rehabilitation Center, Iron Mountain, Mich.
  • Caring House, Iron Mountain, Mich.
  • Family Ties Adult Center, Iron Mountain, Mich.
  • Menomonee River Habitat for Humanity, Mich.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay
  • Salvation Army Waukesha
  • Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Madison

We feel like superheroes when we can contribute our time and support so people in our community thrive. Thank you to our United Way partners for helping us coordinate this event and happy Superhero Day!

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.