Vermeer Wisconsin, Vermeer Corporation and KS Energy give cancer survivor tools of the trade to start a landscaping business.

PELLA, Iowa, Feb. 15, 2021 — At a recent Make-A-Wish Day celebration held at the Vermeer Wisconsin facility in Madison, Wisconsin, a 19-year-old thyroid cancer survivor, Edgar Contreras, was presented with the tools of the trade he needs to turn his dream of owning and operating his own landscaping company into a reality.

Orchestrated by Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, Contreras received a new Vermeer RTX250 pedestrian trencher, as well as a trailer to haul it with, an extended service package, an update to his truck’s towing package, a generator, personal protective equipment (PPE) and a variety of hand tools. Donations were made by Vermeer Wisconsin, Vermeer Corporation and KS Energy Services Inc.

While presenting Contreras with his new tools of the trade, Chris Brouwers with KS Energy and Bear Reynolds with Vermeer Wisconsin expressed their commitment to helping Contreras on this career path by offering operator training, business development consulting and help navigating the many challenges of starting a company.

“Everyone at KS Energy and the Klumb family supports Make-A-Wish Wisconsin and the organization’s efforts to fulfill dreams of children and their families,” said Brouwers. “This unique wish is near and dear to our hearts. Edgar is a wonderful person who has risen to the challenges life has put in his way, and we’re confident he will be successful in the landscaping industry.”

According to the director of marketing and communications for Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, Forrest Doolen, the dream of starting a business is one Contreras shared with their team during his cancer treatment, but given the nature of his request, it took some time to grant. “When Edgar said he wanted a trencher, we reached out to KS Energy, who in turn looped in the team at Vermeer Wisconsin and Vermeer Corporation,” he explained. “The three organizations worked together to make sure they were providing more than just a piece of equipment — but also giving him the tools he needs to establish a business and support along the way.”

Growing up helping his father install irrigation systems is what spurred Contreras’ dream of owning his own landscaping business. After much discussion with his family, he determined that owning a trencher would be the best way to get started.

After turning over the keys of the Vermeer trencher to Contreras, Reynolds assured him that the team at Vermeer Wisconsin and Contreras’ business would have a relationship for many years to come. He went on to tell Contreras that everyone at their dealership will be there to help him along the way. “Everything from helping with the normal business things like service, parts and training support, to being a sounding board for business-related decisions, or just mentorship along the way, we’ll be here,” he said.

Make-A-Wish Wisconsin is currently working to make sure more than 450 children receive their wishes through donors’ generosity. For more information about how to get involved, visit to donate or find a local chapter.


About Vermeer Corporation

Vermeer Corporation delivers a real impact in a progressing world through the manufacture of high-quality underground construction, tree care, surface mining, environmental and agricultural equipment. With a reputation for durability and reliability, that equipment is backed by localized customer service and support provided by independent dealers around the world. To learn more about Vermeer Corporation, products, the dealer network and financing options, visit


About Vermeer Wisconsin

Since 1961, Vermeer Wisconsin has been a family-owned Wisconsin business which proudly provides Vermeer products, expert service and support to Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan. Each of its four branch locations — Butler, Little Chute, Madison and West Salem — is fully staffed with sales, parts, and service-focused employees. To learn more about Vermeer Wisconsin, visit


About KS Energy Services, Inc.

KS Energy Services, headquartered in New Berlin, Wisconsin, is a leading provider of construction services to the natural gas, electric and telecommunication industries. KS Energy Services employs more than 1200 employees across the Midwest and focuses on maintenance, replacement and upgrading (MRU) existing infrastructure. KS Energy Services is one of several operating company under Artera Services. For more information, visit


About Make-A-Wish Wisconsin

Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Since the Wisconsin chapter was founded in 1984, more than 7,200 Wisconsin families have experienced the power of a wish, resulting for many in a turning point in the fight against their illnesses. Currently, more than 450 wish kids are waiting for a life-affirming wish. According to a wish impact study, a Make-A-Wish experience leads to increased emotional and physical health for wish children. For more information on getting involved, please visit or call 1-800-236-WISH.


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Artera Debuts at #7 on the Annual Top 600 Specialty Contractor List

Engineering News Record (ENR) is regarded as one of the top publications for the construction industry, dating back more than 100 years. Each year, ENR publishes the Top 600 Specialty Contractor List and Artera has debuted on this year’s list at number seven!

“What an honor to be recognized amongst our peers within the industry,” said Brian Palmer, CEO of Artera.  Artera also ranked number four in ENR’s Top 20 Firms in Utility.

While 2020 has been quite a year, we never lost sight of what matters – keeping safe and reliable energy flowing to homes and businesses – something our team members, customers and communities can all appreciate.

As part of the Top Ten in the market, we will continue our focus on growth, creating endless opportunities to make a lasting impact with our customers and the communities where we live and work.

“Our people are what makes Artera such a great place to work,” said Brian, “And our operating companies are the real heart of what we do and the face to our customers and the community.”

The Artera story is just beginning and ranking on this highly recognized list cements our achievements in 2020 and opens our eyes to where we are headed in the next decade.

Each year, ENR chooses the top specialty contractors across the United States based on annual results that are provided by each participating company and based on revenue generated during the preceding calendar year. For more information about ENR, visit

Artera’s operating companies include KS Energy Services, Miller Pipeline, Minnesota Limited, Otis Eastern, Southeast Connections, Volt Power, Hydro-X and Hydro-X II. For more information about Artera, or our operating companies, visit

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Artera Services Announced as the New Name for PowerTeam Services

ATLANTA – August 4, 2020 – Artera Services (“Artera”) was announced today by PowerTeam Services LLC as the new company name. After the acquisition of Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited (collectively “MVerge”) in April of this year, the company looked to establish a new name that better reflects the diversity of their offerings and provides a platform for future growth, both organically and through future acquisitions.

“Artera is a name built for growth. It is a name that provides us with room to expand beyond our current offerings and continue to grow well into the future,” stated Brian Palmer, chief executive officer of Artera. “Artera is built upon the collective strengths of our operating companies. They are the face to our customers and the communities we serve, but together we are Artera.”

Utility companies across America rely on Artera’s expertise in order to maintain, repair, and build infrastructure, which allows for the reliable distribution and transmission of natural gas and electric power to homes, businesses, and communities. This is complimented by a wide range of municipal and specialty services, which help complete the job.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Artera, and its operating companies (KS Energy Services, Miller Pipeline, Minnesota Limited, Southeast Connections, Volt Power, and Hydro-X) enable exceptional, mission-critical infrastructure in order to serve their customers and communities to build their tomorrow.

“We are excited to bring Artera to life and continue to demonstrate our core values of safety, quality, commitment, and reputation, in everything we do,” said Palmer. “While we may have a new name, we are still the same dedicated partner our customers have come to rely on, and we will continue to strive to be the best service provider in our industry.”

About Artera
Artera, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is a $2 billion in revenue industry leading provider of integrated infrastructure services to natural gas and electric industries across 34 states. Artera employs more than 8,500 people throughout the United States. Its operating companies include KS Energy Services, Miller Pipeline, Minnesota Limited, Southeast Connections, Volt Power, and Hydro-X. For more information, visit

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