Author Archives: Abby

Operations Snapshot: October

I’d like to start my operations update by talking about Safety. UPI went 22 months without a recordable incident. We need to get back to zero again. I believe safety is a choice that everyone needs to make for themselves, and a commitment we each make to each other. Don’t take shortcuts. If you have […]

Safety Corner: Commitment to Zero

COMPLACENCY AND FINISHING THE YEAR SAFELY It’s no secret that we’re not having the success we saw last year when it comes to safety. It’s been a reality check and we will work hard to get better. We need to get better. Please place an even higher emphasis on safety as we finish the year. […]

Community Giving: COVID-19 Support, Courage Kenny, Steer Donation

Steer Donation For the 7th year in a row UPI Superintendent Rich Oswskey attended the Douglas County Beef Improvement Association’s annual Youth Livestock Auction and purchased a steer that was raised for the auction by a local youth association member. Youths ages 8-21 raise livestock to be sold at auction and they work with their […]

Safety Culture is Our Focus

Safety Opportunity Program Our Safety Opportunity Program is a hybrid safety observation and hazard identification program. It encourages employees to identify behavior-based safety observations and hazardous conditions and to correct the situation. Safety Opportunities are documented on our Safety Opportunity form. They are then sent to the Safety Department where they are reviewed, assigned points […]

Andy Hinterlong Retirement

We’d like to congratulate Andy Hinterlong, Morris Yard Manager, on his recent retirement! He has been an extremely valuable member of the UPI team and we wish him well! Words from Andy: “I retired from the Department of Corrections with 31 years in. I was enjoying retirement when Jim Bailer (UPI Superintendent) called me 4 […]

Pipeline & Gas Journal: Unplanned Pipeline Outages

Unplanned pipeline outages have many different causes and can happen at any time. Our team prides themselves on their ability to react and repair an emergency outage and Joel Bailer, Vice President of Construction, recently spoke with Pipeline & Gas Journal about our expertise completing repairs safely and efficiently. The Q&A also highlighted UPI’s experience […]

Employee Spotlights

UPI’s latest Employee Spotlights are on Tom Provost and Lisa Dahl #OurPeopleBuildOurLegacy Tom Provost Tom is a Hydrovac Foreman under Todd Ernst and recently received his NACE certification. Tom has been with UPI just over 3 years. Previously, he has worked for Northland and the Bureau of Land Management & U.S. Forest Service, where he […]

UPI Chicago Region – What A Journey!

If you visit or drive by our office in Morris, IL, you may think that we are just another field office with all of our trailers on site, but this is not the case. The Morris office is the hub of our Chicago Region. As we continue to search for the perfect location and a […]

ISHN Magazine Interview with UPI’s Mike Villa

We’re proud of how our leadership and employees have worked to build a world-class safety culture. Mike Villa, safety manager at UPI, spoke with Industrial Safety and Health News (ISHN) Magazine recently about how our team consistently meets and exceeds our safety goals. Here is an excerpt from the interview: UPI employees are held to […]