TAKKION Named RAP Sponsor

TAKKION Management Co., LLC was recently recognized as a U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Registered Apprenticeship Program Sponsor. 

TAKKION is recognized by both the State of Wyoming and the State of Texas. They will now be pursuing a National registration. 

TAKKION has opened itself up to working with countless apprentices, all of whom put in thousands of hours of work to become certified wind turbine service technicians. 

“Being a Registered Apprenticeship Program Sponsor allows us to hire new employees or move current employees into the apprenticeship, and it allows them the opportunity to become a certified apprentice in our program, which is that of a wind turbine service technician,” said Kayla Allen, the Learning and Development Manager for Transportation Partners and Logistics. “Within the RAP, it is 2,000 hours each year of on-the-job learning, and we measure competencies based off of our work process schedule.” 

Within the RAP, TAKKION has a work process schedule with multiple different competencies that apprentices have to meet at the end of the apprenticeship program. The journey workers and the managers at the sites where the apprentices are working are the ones who measure the competencies and ensure that they are completed. Apprentices must also complete 144 hours per year of related instruction, made up of in-person training in any of TAKKION’s three training centers or online courses.

This is a major accomplishment for TAKKION, and it’s one that benefits TAKKION’s customers as well. 

“We have customers all across the country that we provide services for, and because we are now a RAP Sponsor, our customers are eligible for tax credits through the Inflation Reduction Act,” Allen stated. “The Inflation Reduction Act has a requirement for registered apprentices to be working on the job site, so in order for customers to be eligible for these credits, we have to be able to provide the apprenticeship labor for them.” 

Being a RAP Sponsor benefits TAKKION and its customers. But it also offers opportunities to those looking to begin a career in the wind industry. 

“This is an opportunity for anybody that is transitioning out of the military into civilian careers,” Allen shared. “We’re able to advertise our apprenticeship program with the Veterans Commission. It also offers an opportunity to graduating high school seniors, giving them the chance to enter into a trade and learn those skills, as opposed to taking out loans and going to college. They can immediately enter the workforce, get the training they need, provided by us, and also get paid while they’re doing it.” 

Becoming a RAP Sponsor is an incredible achievement for TAKKION; it’s one that benefits all parties involved, and it just further proves that TAKKION is committed to being one of the most successful, innovative companies in the wind industry. 

“It shows that TAKKION as a whole is leading the industry,” Allen said. “We strive to be an industry leader, and by becoming recognized as a Registered Apprenticeship Program Sponsor in two states, we are one of the first companies in our industry that is able to offer apprenticeship labor to our customers.”

TP&L SCR Retrofit 

Transportation Partners and Logistics recently completed a major project involving the installation of thousands of retrofit kits throughout the country.  

The project is called the SCR Retrofit, and the purpose of it was to install silicon-controlled rectifiers within pitch cabinets of wind turbines.

TP&L was awarded the project in December of 2021. They began the project on January 12, 2022, and completed it on July 19, 2023, compiling more than 35,000 man-hours throughout the project. It is one of the largest projects TP&L has ever completed, and it further exemplifies the standard of excellence that Transportation Partners and Logistics, as well as all of the Takkion companies, is known for. 

“We were working on another retro project referred to as the YA Plunger Retro project,” said Tyson Petersen, the Uptower Division Manager for TP&L. “That was another large campaign that we were awarded prior to the SCR Retro. And what we discovered was that we were able to perform this retro at the same time as the other one. So we kind of combined those projects together, considering the fact that our technicians were already working on one.” 

Petersen said they simply added an additional team member and were able to work on the projects simultaneously. 

“When we were awarded the SCR Retro in January of ‘22, we started to utilize people that we already had in the field,” he stated. “So it wasn’t that large of an endeavor to try to start staffing up this project. So, that was a smooth kickoff to the project. What this retrofit required was some qualified electrical workers to perform the task while up tower.” 

The task itself was relatively extensive in regards to how it applied to the turbine. Once technicians ascended the wind turbine and got inside what’s known as the hub – that’s the part the blades are attached to – they entered what are known as pitch cabinets. There were three pitch cabinets for each blade. The pitch cabinets control the angles of the blades, and the purpose of the SCR Retrofit, as mentioned, was to install the silicon-controlled rectifier within those pitch cabinets in order to alleviate some of the overages in voltage that were occurring, which would cause certain fuses within the circuitry of the cabinet. 

In total, 8,778 retrofit kits were installed in 2,926 turbines. 

“For each turbine, it requires the installation of three of those SCR’s,” Petersen stated. “And that gives a lot of context to how many retrofit kits were installed – 8,778. This was a project that was awarded when our Uptower division was still very early on in its growth and its development. And this was one of the projects that was a huge milestone for us to not only be awarded, but for the work of the technicians that they put into it. This was a project that was well out of any scope that we’ve ever performed previously, so not only did it present new challenges – but the technicians did an amazing job in regards to learning the task and building a new skill set.” 

The project, from start to finish, took 554 days, and the scope of the project included 45 different sites and 15 different states. The technicians did learn a new skill set, and each and every one of them further exemplified TP&L’s commitment to excellence. 

“They took it on, full force,” Petersen remarked. “Full force and full involvement. Ultimately, the success of this project – and there were so many different achievements – rests solely with our technicians.”

Petersen reiterated that this project was one of the biggest, if not the biggest project TP&L ever worked on, and it paved the way for future projects because the results of it were so successful. 

“This was something that we hadn’t necessarily ever taken part in before,” Petersen stated. “And it was definitely a door-opener into the industry and allowed us to really show customers that we’re able to perform and take on new tasks and challenges. All of that being said, all credit goes to the technicians and the work they performed on this. It’s very humbling to see where we are now compared to then, but I think this project, along with a few others, have really shown the industry what we’re capable of.” 

This project, the SCR Retrofit, is the latest project that truly exemplifies what Transportation Partners & Logistics can do. 

“The true success of the SCR Retro Campaign is solely attributed to all the technicians who took part and for all of their hard work on this extensive project,” Petersen said. “I am humbled to have been given the opportunity to lead such extraordinary men and women whose capabilities are a true representation of the Takkion brand.”

TAKKION Participates in ‘Meals of Hope’

Recently, TAKKION staff and management participated in something that is near and dear to our hearts. It’s called Meals of Hope, and it was an opportunity to give back to the community that we love so much. 

Meals of Hope, according to their website, is a nonprofit organization 501(c)(3) that is committed to bringing people together to fight the hunger epidemic. 

Meals of Hope was founded in 2007, and since its inception, it has packed over 80 million meals across the country. These meals were then donated to communities in need. 

Meals of Hope stated that they only have a staff of 18 people, but they’ve had more than 30,000 volunteers. 

TAKKION made up some of those volunteers on Saturday, August 26, 2023, as several members of our team, their family & friends woke up early to pack more than 50,000 meals for members of our community who are in need. 

It was truly a sight to behold, and it was something that we will not soon forget. 

“It’s the belief that when we’re blessed and fortunate in our success, whether individually or as an organization, that it’s our obligation to pass on blessings to those less fortunate than us,” said Shana Anderson, the Chief of Staff for TAKKION. “Especially when it comes to the wellbeing of children. They are our next generation, and they take the lead from our example. Being in a state of hunger, as a child, is unfathomable, as they don’t have the understanding or resources to solve it.”

Food insecurity, especially with children, is a real issue, even in Wyoming. While politicians argue about whether or not to offer free or reduced school lunches to students, it is up to us to do all that we can to ensure that no child goes hungry. Not on our watch. 

The meals that TAKKION packed stayed within Wyoming and were equally distributed to various food pantries and organizations in Casper, Wyoming. 

“We need to continue to show up for each other and take the necessary steps to bring the community what it needs when we have the capability or resources available to us,” Anderson stated. “The Meals of Hope organization gives us the resources. It just needs the capable hands and time from individuals to make it a reality.” 

On that Saturday in August, that reality came true. Several representatives of TAKKION, their families, and friends gathered to pack meals and offer just a little bit of hope to those in the community who need it. 

“This event was a great time to come together as an organization and inspire one another to do more than we think we’re capable of for someone other than ourselves,” Anderson said. “It takes us out of the daily work grind to interact with one another on a personal level and improve our grassroots development for a great cause!” 

TAKKION cares about its community. We live here, we work here, we love… here, and we serve here. This was an opportunity for us to give just a little bit of our time and energy to benefit a good cause and, most importantly, to help feed the hungry. And there is no better feeling than that. 

“We release monthly grassroots initiatives to develop each other with the proper social, cultural, and economic tools in advancing the well-being of our personnel & organization,” Anderson said. “This event just puts those grassroots initiatives into action. The inspiration from a selfless good deed is tremendous. Why would we not continue to chase that inspiration on a daily basis & be the change we wish to see around us. Taking action..towards progress.” 

Takkion expresses gratitude to all the volunteers for their support in making the event a success and contributing to a great cause.

TP&L Awarded Huge ‘Rock River Project’

Recently, Transportation Partners and Logistics was awarded a major project from PacifiCorp involving the installation of 19 wind turbines in Rock River, Wyoming.

It’s a huge project, and it comes on the heels of an adjacent project TP&L is working on from PacifiCorp – the Foote Creek North project, in McFadden Wyoming. 

After winning the bid for the Foote Creek North project, and proving themselves to be safe, efficient, and dependable, TP&L won the bid for this project as well, beating out multiple other firms. 

“From my understanding, we were awarded Foote Creek North, which happened before I joined the company,” said Nate Evans, the Senior Estimator of this project for TP&L. “And then, we got the opportunity to bid on this project that is adjacent to it. We did have the advantage of familiarity with PacifiCorp – already being here and working next door.” 

Evans stated that it wasn’t just the familiarity with PacifiCorp that won them the bid, however. 

“There is that familiarity,” he stated. “But we’re also one of the only contractors that can offer a true turnkey solution to these sites. We can do the BOP construction, but we can also store the components and deliver them to the site, and I don’t think a lot of other firms can offer all of that, under the same umbrella.”

That’s been one of the biggest benefits of TP&L, Global Specialized Services, RENEW Energy, and Airway Services all coming together under the TAKKION banner – the collaboration between the companies offers a start-to-finish project line, resulting in easier, and more cost-effective solutions for clients. This project is a perfect example of that, as is the Foote Creek project.

Previously, TP&L began working on the Foote Creek project in the summer of 2022, splitting the roads and foundations. This summer, they will complete the erection portion and mechanical completion. Likewise, TP&L is splitting up this project as well. 

“It’s a split schedule,” Evans stated. “Meaning, a portion of the scope will be complete in 2023 and the remaining portion is going to be complete in 2024. This year, we will do the MV collection system and Civil scope.  Civil consists of Cut and Fill, foundations,  site survey, SWPPP (StormWater Pollution Prevention Plan), access roads, crane pads and laydown areas. Next year, we will perform the Mechanical and Electrical scopes, Offload, Erection of the towers, the tower wiring and the mechanical completion or MCC.” 

Like the Foote Creek project, because of Wyoming’s notorious elements – rain, snow and, especially, wind – TP&L will perform the majority of the work in the summer. 

Evans, himself, has been pivotal to this project, since before it even started, though he would never say so himself. 

“I’ve played a little bit of a dual role with this project,” he stated. “I was here for the reverse auction, just before the award. That was right when I came on board with the company and then I took that and ultimately built the project budget. We have a rather complicated estimating software, which allowed me to reverse engineer our bid and build a detailed project budget. I’ve also set up the tracking portion of that, we track against the budget in real time out in the field. That not only helps us stay on budget, but gives data-driven historical information for future estimates.  I’ve also helped with the procurement of the Medium Voltage Cable for the collection system.”

Evans also helped hire a subcontractor for a different portion of the project. While relatively new to TP&L, Evans has proven himself, already, to be indispensable. 

Evans was quick to note that, out of all the different aspects of this project, as with any project, safety is the most important of all. 

“It’s essential,” he stated. “From the first time we hear about a project and start looking at it, it’s one of the very first things that we talk about. It’s ‘What does the safety element look like? What are the requirements, not only for the management onsite, but the safety materials, and the PPE, and the crew safety?’ We’re figuring out how many crews and how many hours and such that they’re going to work, trying to make sure that the guys aren’t too fatigued. We don’t want to work people to the point that could cause something bad to happen.” 

In fact, this project alone will employ between 70 to 75 people, including technicians, drivers, managers, and more. It’s a big project, and it’s one that the entire TP&L team is proud to have won. 

“I’m proud to see our company be able to take this on,” Evans said. “I think, especially for a division in its infancy, so to speak, this is a pretty big undertaking. I’m proud that we’re at that point and that we have an exceptionally talented team, and we have the competency and the people to do this. From the start of this division, taking on a project this size happened at a rather rapid pace. I’m proud of the team, our progression, and that we continue to attract the talent necessary to build these projects”.

TP&L – Paul Masters Celebrates 10 Years

Name: Paul Masters 

Title: Regional Manager

Tenure: 10 Years

Hobbies: Collecting Diecast Models, Photography, His Wife and Adopted Daughter

Bio: Paul Masters would follow his wife anywhere. When he met his wife, Julie, the two were working at the same company. It was love at first sight and both Paul and Julie knew that their lives would forever be intertwined. 

Which is why, when Julie began working for GSS, it wasn’t long before Paul found himself taking a job as a heavy haul truck driver for the company as well, and still remembers his first load hauled from St. Paul, AB. Canada to Las Vegas, NV.

“I’ve been driving a truck since I was 20 years old,” Masters said. “2007 is when I got into heavy haul truck driving. 

When he started working for GSS, his responsibilities included vehicle maintenance and vehicle inspections, being the shiniest truck on the road, and hauling various oversize loads, from D11’s/ heavy machinery, oil field, and coal mine related loads but mostly machine heads from Tehachapi California and Pensacola Florida to various wind farms across the country.  

It’s a job that Masters has loved for a long time and it’s one that he takes great pride in. 

“I love being the biggest truck on the road,” Masters laughed. “That’s always cool. A lot of people are enamored by oversized loads. They want to get a closer look at it. “I pride myself on having a well polished truck” . Nothing’s better than to have a clean truck driving down the road, a clean truck and trailer. It’s pretty neat.” 

Masters had a lot of pride for his truck, and for his job. But when he transferred from GSS to TP&L, he hung up his keys and became the Southern Regional Manager for the company. With that position, Masters oversees the day-to-day operations of several different yards, from Kansas to Oklahoma, Phoenix City, Alabama, and more. Luckily, he still gets to travel. He still gets to experience the thrill of the open road, and feels its a safer option than flying cause ” I can pull over if I were to have any engine troubles, whereas you ain’t pullin over with jet engine troubles”!   

The aspect of the job he thinks about most, is safety. And that’s one of the big reasons why he has remained with TP&L – they are also committed to ensuring the safety of their workers. 

“They’re genuinely concerned about safety,” Masters said. “We all are.  anybody in any type of leadership position. They’re genuinely concerned with safety issues. I mean, think about it; from the minute you get up in the morning and step out of the shower, you’ve got to think about safety until the minute you lay down in bed. Safety is paramount in just about everything you do, and at work for sure.”

Masters said another aspect of the job that he really appreciates is that his bosses don’t micromanage, yes there is oversight, but leave the day to day operations to managers.  Transportation Partners & Logistics hire the best employees and put them in the best roles; then, they leave the rest up to them. 

“In 2012, I came over to TP&L,” Masters said. “And Jim sent me to Florida to go run a crane. And I distinctly remember asking him, what if I don’t like this new job that he lined out for me? And he told me that, if I didn’t like it, he’d buy me a new truck and put him back on the road, if he wanted. But he was almost certain that I was going to like my new job with TP&L and I have. And I’m thankful to him for that. I’ll be forever grateful to Jim.” 

So if he had any advice for any new potential additions to the TP&L team; if he could tell any potential hires one thing, what would it be? 

“Stay the course, and the opportunities are endless.” 

Denver Training Facility First in North America to Offer All Three Additional GWO Certifications

Recently, various trainers within the TAKKION companies began the Global Wind Organization (GWO) certification process for three additional certifications. This is in addition to the two trainings that technicians were already certified in. 

The three certifications are for CoHE – Control of Hazardous Energy, ART – Advanced Rescue Training, and SLS – Slinger Signaler Training. 

“GWO is a globally recognized certification process,” said Brett Citrowske, the Director of Training for RENEW Energy. “Their goal is to create certifications that can provide training to all of the individuals that work on wind turbines across the world. For any wind company that’s doing work with the major players – some of the large OEM and tower providers – you have to have GWO certifications.” 

Takkion companies are already certified in two areas – Basic Safety Training (BST) and Basic Technical Training (BTT) – and these three newest certifications are just the latest standards that numerous TAKKION employees have become certified in. 

TAKKION’s Denver Training Facility is actually the first facility in North America to offer all of these certifications at a single location. 

“We now have our certification in the SLS, the CoHE, and the ART and I think that’s what makes us unique,” said Willie Knoerschild, the Senior Instructor at the Denver Training Center. “That’s what makes us stand out throughout the country. And it’s because of the support team that we have throughout the network of TAKKION and all of their entities; it’s the commitment from those companies to make us a world-class training facility.” 

And that’s exactly what the Denver Training Facility really is. Citrowske agrees. 

“What you’re able to see through the collaborative effort between TP&L, and RENEW, and Airway, and the individuals who work at the DTC is that it really was a team work kind of thing,” he stated. “There is no other location that has all of the GWO certifications that the DTC has. So, it’s a pretty powerful tool.”

Citrowske stated that TAKKION was approached by a few different customers that said they were looking to have specific certifications for their technicians and, in just a few short months, the DTC offered courses to achieve those certifications. 

But, Citrowske stated, this certification process was more than just reading a few handouts and answering a few questions. 

“When you get certified, there are a lot of different certifications that you can get,” he stated. “And with many of those certifications, you’ll take the material that another company has put together and you’ll apply that material, but they’ll kind of tell you how to present it. They’ll tell you all of the resources that you need and they’ll basically spoon feed it to you and give you everything that you need.” 

That’s now how the process went for these certifications. 

“Two of the different standards that we’re certified to do now – we didn’t have anybody that was able to lay that foundation for us,” Citrowske revealed. “All we had to go off of was the GWO standard. And so collectively, as a group – TP&L, Airway, and RENEW – we created all the material for it. We went through it, we demoed it, we shared it with the group and then we went and got audited under that. And the auditor actually said, ‘Hey, there’s not a lot of other companies that have these GWO certificates.” 

Citrowske said the reason they were able to accomplish this milestone is because they worked together as an entire TAKKION team. 

“That’s the exciting thing about it,” he said. “We had this huge accomplishment and we have a facility that… now nobody in North America has this set of specific GWO courses. And we were only able to achieve that through this collective group. And it really shows the power of working together.” 

Drew Edwards, the HR Coordinator of the Denver Training Facility, knows all about team work. In fact, the majority of his job is to ensure that people work together as a team. This accomplishment serves as a perfect example of the power of team work, and what can be accomplished when such skilled individuals come together to combine their skills for one common purpose. 

“This project had decades of experience between the people and the multiple companies under the TAKKION umbrella that came together to make it happen,” Edwards said. “I think it just shows the dedication and the finances that TAKKION wants to put into make sure that the training facilities they have within the company are topnotch; not just with their knowledge, but also topnotch with their trainers and making sure those trainers are equipped with every sort of certification that would cover any issue that might arise.” 

Knoerschild said that, as a trainer himself, he believes that his job is to empower the technicians and give them the skill sets that they need to go home safely at the end of the day. 

These certifications allow those technicians to do just that. Knoerschild said that the technicians are TAKKION’s greatest assets, and their safety is the number one priority each and every day. 

“I think we’re providing a great resource to the company,” Knoerschild said. “At the Denver Training Facility, we believe that one must not only know what harm is, what the dangers are, what the hazards are – but then also they need to know what to do when those hazards occur. My job is to ensure that our technicians have the skills and training to perform their jobs to the best of their ability and to safely get home to their loved ones.” 

Edwards said that when it comes to technicians, their secondary job is to be a blade technician or a maintenance technician or any other kind of technician; their first job is to be a lifesaver. 

“At the training center, our big mantra is to train for the expected, but to also prepare our technicians for the unexpected,” he said. 

The timeframe in which these certifications were achieved is absolutely incredible. And all parties involved agree that it only happened the way it did because of the teamwork between all of the agencies. 

“I’m really proud of the team,” Citrowske said. “As a training group, we haven’t had to collaborate together in a way that was both relatively high-pressure and on a short schedule, which required people to operate at a pretty high level. But each group had things that they contributed and we couldn’t have – we wouldn’t have – been able to achieve this without each one of those groups putting forth incredible effort.”

TP&L Elizabeth Espino

Elizabeth Espino is a natural born teacher. She has been for the majority of her life. 

Elizabeth began working for TP&L in May of 2022 when it acquired Harvest Energy Services. Originally, she worked in the field as a Construction Technician, but she quickly became a trainer, and most recently, Espino is working as a Certified GWO Instructor– combining all of the knowledge, skills, and experiences she has acquired throughout her career and her life. 

Espino grew up in a small town in Kansas and went to Kansas State University to pursue a degree in agriculture. 

“I studied plant and soil sciences with a focus on biotechnology, rather than crop production,” Espino stated. “As an undergrad, I worked with genetics and GMOs for the USDA. When I graduated, I became a K-State Research & Extension Agent for my home county. I worked as a public educator for the whole agriculture and natural resources sector, and I really enjoyed it. I was able to get into crop fields, offer local programs and teach kids and adults. I have a background in education that has supported my career as an instructor.” 

Following that chapter, Espino left her hometown for a time and began working as a laborer in the wind industry. 

“I literally started from the bottom,” she laughed. “And I began seeking new opportunities as a laborer. And then I got hired on with Harvest after a period of being laid off.”

Espino said being laid off was hard, but she expected it. When she began working at Harvest, she knew there was potential that she could get laid off from that job as well, but she had a plan. 

“I came to the training [for Harvest] and I really liked the training and atmosphere at the Denver Training Center (DTC); intuitively, I asked if there was anything I could do in the meantime while people were getting laid off,” she said. “I emailed the right person, and he gave me a heads up leading to an opportunity to stay at the training center. I was doing curriculum development in which my past experiences working as an extension agent came in handy. I literally just started working from the bottom and I worked hard and worked my way up to being a trainer and I just love it.” 

Espino could have just rested on her laurels and hoped that maybe she wouldn’t get laid off. The wind industry is a growing one, but it’s also an ever-changing one. Espino saw an in, however, and she pitched herself to the right people and she has proven herself to be a valuable commodity. This is especially impressive given the fact that there are not a whole lot of women working within the wind industry. But before anybody can claim she was the benefactor of ‘Diversity,” Espino is quick to point out that it was not her gender that got her a job – it was her knowledge and her skillset. 

“I don’t really look at it as being a woman; I just think of it as working hard and setting an intention and focusing on what you want,” she said. “I do recognize that there are not a lot of us here, and I want more women to feel comfortable in the industry and to be able to speak up and do what they want to do with the industry, and with their careers, because there’s a lot of opportunity. I had a female foreman and she was younger than me and she inspired me to go out and get better. I also worked in an all-female crew as well, but that was really rare for us.” 

Espino doesn’t just want to be seen as an example for women within the industry; she wants to be seen as an example for anybody – anybody who wants to work hard, anybody who wants to carve their own path, anyone who wants to take their destiny into their own hands. 

She loves this industry and she is grateful to be a part of it. 

“I think it’s the well-roundedness of it all,” Espino said. “There are technical aspects to it, and safety aspects. We cover hydraulics, mechanical, electrical modules.  We also cover  first aid, fire awareness, manual handling, working at heights and so many other topics. The organization we are affiliated with is Global Wind Organisation (GWO.)  I am currently  working on the course development of GWO Slinger Signaler, which is similar to rigging and signaling. That’s been a challenge for me lately, but I have a lot of support from my coworkers and my managers. It’s been a great mix of everything and I’m never bored.” 

Espino likes the work that she does but, even more than that, she likes the people with whom she works. 

“My favorite part of the job is the people I work with. The training team has been incredibly supportive of my growth and are significant mentors in my life,” she said. “I also enjoy the techs that come through. I love making them laugh or them making me laugh, hearing their crazy stories, and learning from them.  That’s my favorite part of the job; the people.” 

Along with the whole training team; one of her most impactful mentors is  – Eric Wilson. 

“His story is amazing and he is such a great asset to the company,” she said. “He is a great leader and his work creates numerous jobs.  He  has a lot of insight and a lot of experience in the wind industry. He’s definitely a trailblazer.”

Espino, herself, is a bit of a trailblazer. She’d never admit it, but her colleagues have said it of her. She works hard. She bets on herself and, more often than not, those bets pay off. She has proven herself to be a phenomenal trainer, a phenomenal teacher. But, even more than that, she’s proven herself to be a kind, loyal, thoughtful person who tries to better herself, and others. She works with her brain but she leads with her heart, and you can’t teach that. 

TP&L Employee Spotlight: Tyler Binnebose

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: We can teach all that one needs to know about being a technician, or a manager, or a supervisor. We can teach the skills, we can teach the processes, we can teach the knowledge. 

We can’t teach integrity. That’s something our people have to be born with and, luckily, every single person that works for us has that in spades. 

Take, for example, Tyler Binnebose. 

Binnebose has only been working for Transportation Partners & Logistics for a short time but, in that short time, he’s already proven himself to be a leader; both in the field and off. 

He started working with TP&L just three months ago, after originally turning down an offer! But, his reason for turning the job down was an admirable one. 

“TP&L originally reached out to me 8 or 9 months ago,” Binnebose said. “But I’m extremely loyal when it comes to my work and my work ethic, so I was pretty loyal to the previous company and I wasn’t ready to move on.”


But, patience is a virtue and the guys in charge at TP&L knew that if they were patient, eventually, Binnebose would come on board. Eventually, he did join the company, and his reasons for doing so were very simple. 

“To me, [the reason I joined] was because of the growth the company is going through, and their vision,” he stated. “As a leader, you’re always taught to look 6, 7, 8, 9 months or a year in advance. And I just couldn’t see that projection with my previous company. But with everything I learned through TP&L and knowing some of the senior leadership and knowing that the vision’s going out that far, and seeing their growth right now – I think that to be a part of this company was special for me. So, I made the jump over.” 

After some consideration, it was an easy decision. Binnebose has been working in the wind industry since 2007. About seven years ago, he said, he and his previous company built a project for TP&L in Enid, Oklahoma. He liked what he saw from the crew, and he took notice of how the managers did business. He was also intrigued by the company’s startup status. 

“You know, when you hear ‘startup’ or about a company starting from scratch, a lot of people get leery with that because there’s an excessive workload that comes with that,” he offered. “So there’s a passion that you have to have in order to fulfill that. I’ve done that [myself] in the past, with several projects and, to me, it was a challenge. It was stepping up for the challenge, and that’s what finally got me onboard.” 

He welcomed the challenge, and he’s always ready and willing to learn and grow as a professional. That’s exactly what he’s done as the company’s Senior Operations Manager. 

“I was a project manager in my previous role,” Binnebose stated. “And I came on board with TP&L as a Senior Operations Manager, so the roles are similar, but there’s a slight difference. I do feel like I’ve used some of that project manager skills as I’ve come into the operation side.” 

As the Senior Operations Manager, Binnebose has overseen immense growth in terms of employees. 

“In the past two months, we’ve probably added 40 individuals or so,” he revealed. 

He manages approximately 45 different people on his own team, which has been exciting but there have been some struggles. 

“The challenges that come with substantial growth?” he laughed. “You know, it’s the manpower, the tooling, what economy we’re sitting in right now, acquiring tools and sourcing equipment; it’s all been difficult. Each step we take, every turn we make, there’s a fight with [all of those things].”

Still, the job is an exciting one, and it’s one he’s excelling at. The reason for that, he says, is because he figured out ‘the secret sauce.’ 

“You have to stay engaged with the field and bring in people that are heavy hitters,” he revealed. “You build your base so that, when we do accept more growth, we’re prepped and ready for that in the appropriate timeframe. So, the secret sauce is staying engaged with the field, growing from the ground up with them, digging in, and not giving up.” 

Growth is something that’s important to Binnebose, both in his own career and in terms of the company itself. It’s always about looking forward. What’s next? What can they be doing to get bigger, brighter, and better? 

“I think what stands out to me is the fact that TP&L isn’t scared of the growth,” he said. “They’re not scared to get in and get dirty. They know that there’s an opportunity there, and they jump in and take it.”

That’s the company, but what about he himself? How has he grown? 

“I think I’ve grown and I’ve learned from who I’m interacting with,” he said. “Whether it’s Justin or Chase or Curtis; all of those guys I can immediately look up to. When they step into a room or they step on a conversation, you can tell that they’re intelligent. You know they’re not scared. You can just instantly look up to those guys. And I think working around that level and that caliber of an individual, you either have to grow up, or you get pushed off to the side. So, I think it’s unintentionally forced growth through their leadership style.” 

And that’s exactly how Binnebose likes it. It’s also how he leads his own team. 

“It’s the exact same way,” he said. “Head on. Don’t be scared to get your hands dirty, and lead by example. You know, you always hear that. But I think getting your hands dirty and being with the guys and showing them that we’re not scared and that we’re gonna grow and we’re gonna do it correctly and, most importantly, that we’re here for them – I think that’s the foundation of what we’re doing. Because if we don’t have good guys in the field and we can’t lead them properly, we’re gonna have big issues.” 

Luckily, Tyler Binnebose is a good leader. He’s a good manager. More than that, though, is the fact that he’s a good human being. And that’s something we can’t teach. But with him, we never had to. 

TP&L Mesquite 4 and 5 Solar Sites

Harvest has been an incredible acquisition for Transportation Partners & Logistics. Harvest is an independent services provider of operations and maintenance (O&M) solutions to the renewable energy industry. With that acquisition, came multiple new projects and different scopes of work. 

Two of those projects are the Mesquite Four and Five Solar Sites. 

“It’s about 500,000 cubic yards of earthworks, in total,” said Nate Evans, the project manager. “We’ve got four scrapers there now, rather sizable machines, CAT 627 push pulls, along with support equipment. It’s quite a bit of dirt, especially being the first venture into earthworks for TP&L, and certainly exciting to see all that iron working.” 

Evans stated that, because of the acquisition, the civil scope is new to TP&L, but it’s not new to Harvest, which just emphasizes the benefits of acquisitions such as this. 

“I think these expansion opportunities show our clients that we offer more,” Evans stated. “I don’t know how many people know that we even do earthworks and grading, or that we’re capable of it. And so when we look at more projects down the line, we can now self-perform the civil scope and not have to give that out to subcontractors, which is a win-win for both our employees to keep them working,  and our clients as we can provide more competitive pricing doing civil in-house”. 

The project doesn’t just benefit the company, or even just the clients, either. It also benefits the community where the projects are being built, especially in terms of the economy. 

“We have hired a few locals for starters,” Evans said. “ When they start installing the solar panels, staffing will increase significantly – with a portion of that coming from the local labor pool. As far as the community benefit, as well, there’s something to be said about rental houses filling up, or RV lots filling up and the economical benefit that comes with that. Restaurants will see more volume; it’s kind of this whole chain reaction.”

There are a myriad of benefits that come from these projects and projects like them. Harvest has been an incredible acquisition for Transportation Partners & Logistics and will no doubt yield more exciting projects in the future!

TP&L – Safety In Action

Instinct. It’s something we don’t usually think about, because that’s the exact definition of instinct. It’s reacting to something without having to think about it. It’s doing something, it’s knowing something, and it’s acting on it. Peter Parker has his ‘Spider Sense,’ but we all, to some degrees, have something similar. When a situation occurs, and we’re forced to act, we do so without even thinking about it. Instinct comes in handy a lot of the time, especially when it comes to keeping ourselves or others safe.

At Transportation Partners & Logistics, we take our safety training courses seriously. You just never know when you may need to utilize techniques that could, quite literally, save somebody’s life. Whether they’re in the field or not, our technicians are trained in a variety of safety techniques to ensure that if and when trouble arises, our guys and gals can respond quickly, safely, and efficiently.

Such was the case recently when one of our technicians saved the life of a woman who was hit by a car.
It’s one of those stories that has to be seen, or read, to be believed.

Jarrett Terry was in Fort Worth, Texas. Just a day previously, he was in a safety training class for TP&L. He didn’t know how soon he would be utilizing the things he had just learned.

“I went over to Fort Worth just because I’ve never been there,” Terry stated. “So I was just going to explore for the weekend before I went to work on Monday. A friend was just showing me around town and on the way back to my hotel, we were getting in my car and there was this lady that was walking across the street. We didn’t really think anything about it, but then we heard a ‘BOOM!’”

That ‘BOOM!’ was a woman getting hit by a car.

“I turned around, looked real fast and saw that a truck had its headline hanging out,” Terry remembered. “The lady was just on the ground and I was like, ‘Oh my god.’ So I ran over there.”

Terry stated that there were a bunch of cones near the area, presumably from a construction site. So he decided to take a few of the cones and set them around the scene, to avert cars from getting close.

“I threw the cones out in the lane to get the traffic to go the other way,” he said. “That way I didn’t have to worry about them. Then, I had some people stop and I had them call 911. Then I got her in the recovery position, just so she wouldn’t move. And then we just sat there and waited for the ambulance to show up. I was like, ‘I know everything’s gotta be hurting.’ I can’t really move her around. So I got her in the recovery position to rest and just calm down, and told her the ambulance was on the way.”

Terry had just learned about the recovery position, and the steps to which you should assist somebody, the prior day. Never did he think he’d have to apply his knowledge so quickly.

“Luckily, I didn’t have to perform CPR or anything (though he knew how), because she was still communicating,” he said. “I just got her in the position and had her stay there. She kept trying to get up and move around and I just said, ‘No, stay there.’”

When somebody is the recipient of a traumatic event such as getting hit by a car, they tend to go into shock. This means they may try to move around while not thinking clearly. Their adrenaline is running high but they’re not making good decisions. Especially in the middle of busy traffic, this woman could have been even more seriously injured had she kept moving around. Luckily, Terry kept her still and, even more importantly, he kept her calm.

Not only did he save the woman, he also made sure that the driver of the vehicle didn’t get away.

“[The driver] pulled into this parking lot while I was trying to get somebody’s attention,” Terry said. “But then I saw him, like, start to back out and try to leave, so I ran over there real fast and said ‘Nope!’ and got the driver’s license plate number. Then he pulled back into another parking spot. I think he was thinking about leaving, but he didn’t.”

That’s not something TP&L teaches in its safety courses. They teach first aid, CPR, the recovery position and more, but they don’t teach a course on making sure criminals don’t perform hit and runs.

Everything else, however, was information that he had just been given.

“We went over all that in the training,” Terry said. “I’ve kind of heard it before, but since we just went over it, I just knew what to do. And that helped a lot. Because if it wasn’t for that, then I would’ve just been like ‘Uh, what do I do?’”

But Terry knew what to do. At least, he knew what steps to perform. TP&L can teach the technique. What they can’t teach is integrity. Terry could have just easily gotten back in his car and driven off. But that’s not the type of person he is. TP&L taught him the techniques. The integrity? That was something he was born with.

“Everything just clicked,” he said. “Like, I don’t really know how to explain it. It just clicked. And that’s the first time that’s ever happened. It kind of took me a second to realize what happened. But then once I realized that, everything else just kicked in.”

Call it intuition. Call it integrity. Call it instinct. Whatever you call it, it all means the same thing, which is this: The technicians at Transportation Partners & Logistics aren’t just good at their jobs. They’re good, period. If integrity is doing the right thing even when nobody is looking, then our technicians, as evidenced by Jarrett Terry, are second-to-none. They have integrity in spades and they are exactly what is good, and what is right, about Transportation Partners & Logistics.