Thirty years ago, Loretta Rosenmayer started a small trenching company named Trench-It with four employees and $15,000 borrowed from a close female friend who believed in Loretta’s dream. In 2009, due to growth and expansion of services, she changed the company’s name to INTREN. Today, the Union, Illinois-based company has 11 regional offices and employs some 1,900 people across the country, has revenues of $400 million and is a leader in the development and execution of premier design, construction and management solutions for some of the nation’s largest utilities and private contractors.

INTREN was certified as a women-owned business enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council in 1993 and is a committed partner in supporting other companies seeking to become certified. She credits the utility industry for perceiving and acting on the potential for women’s businesses to perform and is an ardent advocate for women- and minority-owned businesses. 

WBE Trailblazer Award Honoree