September Message

It’s coming to the end of the 3rd quarter of 2018 and, as I reflect on this year, I am amazed at how quickly it has gone by. In addition to finishing this year strong, we are now starting our business planning and budgeting for 2019. I am looking forward to seeing the Division and Client Managers’ business plans, budgets, and goals in order to incorporate into our overall company plan. We should all feel optimistic about 2019 opportunities and I am very confident in our people to continue to develop themselves and others to become better leaders. Thank you for all that you do to make UPI successful!

We are looking good financially and our client manager model is working. Empowering our discussion and Client Managers with their own slice of the business has been exciting and I am looking forward to where this will take UPI.

The Nexus Meter Station(s) project is a project that just won’t seem to let us go. Continuing to have a presence there performing ongoing change order work. Scope work is complete with the exception of some minor piping modifications.

Construction is going well at the TEAL Coleraine Compressor Station. Some delays incurred with our 3rd party drilling contractor, but the UPI team is managing this well.

Line 3 Superior Terminal is off and running with the UA hands testing and arriving on site at the time of writing this article (September 12). This is in addition to the crew(s) that will work in Terminal/Superior PLM throughout the year.

We’ve added a new client to our list – ONEOK. The UPI team did well on their first project and it is not only a new but also a happy client.

We remain working for TCPL on the Digs in Virginia and the project continues to go well. “Where have you guys been all this time?” is the quote from the TCPL construction team out there. Good stuff!

Enbridge digs are winding down on L5 in Michigan. Great job to this team for really working
hard to finish these well.

The HDD Division just turned in a large proposal to complete the crossings for a 16” diameter pipeline that parallels all the work we have been on with Welded Construction. Much hinges on successfully completing the Joanna Road crossing we are currently on. This is the last section of pipe to be installed on Spread 5. As such, there is a lot of pressure and attention from the client. They are still very happy with our performance.

The Access Division continues to pick up new work and execute it very well. More new projects are in progress for MN Power.

The Chicago Division continues to be strong and growing our presence in the region.

The Fabrication Shop is doing very well. I couldn’t be more pleased with the increase in production and better quality in the blasting/painting operation.

The future is very bright! Our client pool has expanded and we are receiving more proposal opportunities. Our bidding strategies have also allowed us to be more selective.

We’re looking to be over 900,000 man hours by the year end. It has been 1,560,000 man hours since our last lost time injury. Let’s keep it up and keep ourselves and each other safe.

Mel Olson, President