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KorTerra Celebrates Tenth Annual National Safe Digging Month

Minneapolis, MN (March 31, 2017) – KorTerra, a software and One Call Center solutions company specializing in damage prevention, is a strong supporter and advocate of National Safe Digging Month. This April marks the tenth annual National Safe Digging Month, reminding Minnesota residents to always call 811 before any digging project. National Safe Digging Month is formally recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and has traditionally earned the support from nearly every state governor across the country.

 

When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to the local one call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, paint or both. Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.

 

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck and planting a tree or garden are all examples of digging projects that should only begin a few days after a call to 811.

 

“As April marks the traditional start of digging season, we are using this month to strongly encourage individuals and companies to call 811 before they begin digging,” said Chris Stendal, KorTerra Chief Executive Officer. “By calling 811 to have the underground utility lines in their area marked, homeowners and professionals are making an important decision that can help keep them and their communities safe and connected.”

 

The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.

 

KorTerra encourages area residents to visit www.call811.com for more information about digging safely.

Minneapolis, MN (March 31, 2017) – KorTerra, a software and One Call Center solutions company specializing in damage prevention, is a strong supporter and advocate of National Safe Digging Month. This April marks the tenth annual National Safe Digging Month, reminding Minnesota residents to always call 811 before any digging project. National Safe Digging Month is formally recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and has traditionally earned the support from nearly every state governor across the country.

When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to the local one call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, paint or both. Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck and planting a tree or garden are all examples of digging projects that should only begin a few days after a call to 811.

“As April marks the traditional start of digging season, we are using this month to strongly encourage individuals and companies to call 811 before they begin digging,” said Chris Stendal, KorTerra Chief Executive Officer. “By calling 811 to have the underground utility lines in their area marked, homeowners and professionals are making an important decision that can help keep them and their communities safe and connected.” 

The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.

KorTerra encourages area residents to visit www.call811.com for more information about digging safely.

KorTerra, Inc. Recognized as a Recipient of the 100 Best Companies to Work For Award in 2016

KorTerra, Inc. Recognized as a Recipient of the 100 Best Companies to Work For Award in 2016

CHANHASSEN, MN (March 24, 2016) KorTerra, an underground utility damage prevention software and One Call Center solutions company, has been recognized by Minnesota Business magazine as a recipient of the 100 Best Companies to Work For Award in 2016. This is the third consecutive year KorTerra has been recognized for this award.

The 100 Best Companies to Work For is determined by employee feedback about topics which include employee benefits, overall happiness and work environment.

“The recognition of this award for the third year in a row speaks volumes for the individuals we have at KorTerra,” said KorTerra President, Chris Stendal. “I am extremely proud of the team we have developed and would like to congratulate the staff for this award!”

As a recipient of this award, KorTerra will be invited to the June awards gala to celebrate with the other companies who made the 100 Best Companies to Work For list. The awards gala will be hosted by Minnesota Business at The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel in Minneapolis, MN.

KorTerra Names Don Lewis President

Minneapolis, Minn. (March 1, 2017) – KorTerra, Inc., a utility damage prevention software solutions provider located in Chanhassen, MN, has appointed Don Lewis President of KorTerra. 

Lewis has an engineering degree in computer science from Montana State University. He joined KorTerra in 2001 as a software support analyst and was promoted to Post-Implementation Manager in 2003. In 2010 he became Vice President of KorTerra’s sister company, KorPartners, while simultaneously acting as General Manager for Gopher State One Call’s call center operation through the end of 2015. On January 1st, 2016 Lewis became Vice President of Strategy for KorTerra, focusing on corporate road mapping and an elevated agile development process.

KorTerra’s CEO, Chris Stendal, says “I am very excited for Don in his new role as president.  He possesses the unique qualities of having a strong strategic mind while being a respected leader with a high-energy management style.  These traits in combination with his strong industry knowledge will ensure KorTerra’s continued success and leadership role in the utility damage prevention software market.”

As president, Lewis will continue to focus on KorTerra’s immediate growth potential while maintaining financial stability. He asserts that conscientiously growing the company will afford further role specialization and attract more of the “superstar” talent responsible for KorTerra’s lead in the industry.

It’s an exciting time for KorTerra,” says Lewis. “We just celebrated our 25-year anniversary in 2016, and as 2017 ramps up to full-speed, we have ever increasing opportunities that make coming to work something I look forward to each and every day. The people are great, and our corporate culture provides us all with an environment to contribute and grow at every level.”

KorTerra, Inc. to Exhibit and Unveil New Damage Prevention Search Engine at the 2013 CGA 811 Conference and Expo

Minneapolis (March 1, 2013) – KorTerra, a damage prevention software provider and one call center solutions company, will be an exhibitor at this year’s Common Ground Alliance (CGA) Excavation Safety Conference and Expo. KorTerra’s exhibitor booth will feature two live demonstration stations equipped with a variety of mobile devices for users to try out KorTerra’s new mobile applications for ticket management and One Call Centers. Visitors to the booth will be provided with hands-on access to new mobile applications using an iPhone, iPad, Google Nexus Tablet, Samsung Galaxy Android Smartphone and Windows 8 Touch Screen Ultrabook. KorTerra will be demonstrating their newly released damage prevention app, which provides quick access to safe digging information and important call before you dig communication links directly from a smartphone or tablet. Several mobile-friendly websites created for One Call Centers and utility companies will also be on display, including Mobile KorWeb, the mobile version of its Web-based locate ticket management software.

For the past eight years, the Common Ground Alliance has put together this expo which brings together hundreds of different organizations within the underground facility industry. It is also the largest damage prevention based gathering that takes place each year. This three day event begins on March 12 and will take place in West Palm Beach, Fla. In addition to featuring an exhibitor area, informational sessions and workshops will also be provided to attendees.

“As a dedicated member of the CGA and advocate of safe digging practices, it is an honor to be able to exhibit at this year’s CGA Excavation Safety Conference and Expo. We are looking forward to demonstrating new damage prevention technologies, such as our new damage prevention app, which offers quick access to One Call Center resources and safe digging information,” said KorTerra President, Chris Stendal.

This year’s expo will also feature the unveiling of a damage prevention search engine developed by KorTerra created for the CGA Technology Committee. KorTerra’s Vice President of Operations Jeff Law, who is the CGA Technology Committee Co-Chair, will be hosting a presentation along with Isaac Weathers of Georgia 811. During this presentation, Law and Weathers will provide a demonstration of the search engine, explaining how it is customized specifically for the damage prevention industry and how it will benefit its users.

“Using generic search engines can be overwhelming when searching for information about the damage prevention industry. Many times, your search will provide results not related to the damage prevention industry. The technology committee felt a need was not met with this type of searching, and thus had the idea of a search engine specifically for our industry. We created the search engine with the hope it will streamline the process of searching for damage prevention industry related technologies,” Law said.

The Common Ground Alliance was created to promote damage prevention practices surrounding excavation safety, and assembles this expo to increase the knowledge and awareness of damage prevention best practices. To find out more about the CGA or the CGA Excavation Safety Conference and Expo, visit their website at www.commongroundalliance.com.

KorTerra, Inc. Announces Partnership With Ohio Utilities Protection Service Providing KorWeb Software to Its Members

MINNEAPOLIS, April 25, 2013 -- KorTerra, Inc. a nationwide damage prevention and one call center solutions company, is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Ohio Utilities Protection Service, the Ohio call before you dig center. Through this partnership, KorTerra will provide all Ohio Utilities Protection Service utility members access to its damage prevention software, KorWeb Ticket Management. KorWeb Ticket Management allows users to receive call before you dig tickets in a convenient and safe online platform, increasing efficiency for utilities and facility locators who are managing one call tickets and locating underground utilities. Through KorTerra's partner program, members of KorTerra partner states, like Ohio Utilities Protection Service members, are provided the standard version of this software.

"KorTerra has a proven track record of quality products and services. We are pleased to be able to make some of these products and services available to our members," said Ohio Utilities Protection Service Executive Director, Roger Lipscomb.

Within the next month, safe digging laws in Ohio will be changing. A recently passed law requires all utility companies to send a notification (positive response) to Ohio Utilities Protection Service after marking a dig site with paint or flags. The new legislation, which came into effect March 27, 2013, is designed to increase measures of safety and communication, as each year several injuries, and some reported deaths, have occurred due to ill followed safe digging practices.

Due to this change, there will be increased communication between Ohio Utilities Protection Service and those involved in excavation and damage prevention. KorWeb will aide in this transition, allowing utility companies to automatically send their positive response messages to Ohio Utilities Protection Service through KorWeb in a Web-based environment. In addition to meeting the new positive response law, KorWeb helps utility companies increase excavation area marking efficiency with online mapping and photo attachment tools.

"We are very excited to be partnering with Ohio Utilities Protection Service, and are happy to be able to provide their members ticket management software at no cost in the hopes that doing so will increase safe digging practices within the state, as well as assist with Ohio's new positive response law," said KorTerra President, Chris Stendal.

KorTerra currently has partnerships with eight state one call canters including South Dakota, Tennessee, Arkansas, South Carolina, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Alabama and Minnesota. KorTerra provides each state's members its damage prevention software, KorWeb, at no cost.

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