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Blattner to be Acquired by Infrastructure Leader Quanta Services

Planned Transformation to Strengthen Company’s Position to Take Advantage of Next-Generation Opportunities and Drive Future Success

Avon, Minn. (Sept. 2, 2021)Blattner Company the leading renewable energy provider in North America, and parent company of Blattner Energy, Inc. and D.H. Blattner & Sons, Inc., announced that it has it has identified a strategic partner and entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Quanta Services, Inc. Houston-based Quanta is a leading specialized contracting services company, delivering comprehensive infrastructure solutions for the utility, communications, pipeline and energy industries with operations throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and select other international markets.

“Today’s announcement marks the exciting culmination of a process that we began in January 2021,” said Scott Blattner, President of Blattner. “Our goal was to find a transformational partner to further strengthen our market leadership position, provide additional support to take advantage of next-generation opportunities emerging in the renewable energy market and contribute to added, long-term success for employees and customers. We’ve found that in Quanta a Fortune 300 company with a proven track record of acquiring businesses like ours with great success. Quanta is committed to their operating units’ leadership, locations and communities that aligns with their company culture and approach to business. We look forward to joining their family of companies and adding the additional scale and support needed for our organization to continue leading and delivering certainty to our renewable energy customers.”

Duke Austin, Quanta’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are excited to announce our intention to acquire Blattner and we look forward to welcoming their employees to the Quanta family of companies. Both Blattner and Quanta are rooted in entrepreneurial, family-operated businesses that are focused on safety and care deeply about their employees. We believe what Quanta is to the electric power solutions industry, Blattner is to the utility-scale renewable energy solutions industry. Together, we will be focused on what we believe are the most attractive areas of the electric infrastructure complex. Blattner will bring an exceptional management team that we believe will enhance our ability to collaborate with our customers to shape North America’s energy transition to a carbon-neutral economy.”

The transaction has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of both Blattner and Quanta and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021, subject to receiving required regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

Following transaction close, Blattner’s office locations and management team will remain in place, with Scott Blattner continuing in his leadership role as President. Blattner will serve as a platform operating unit of Quanta.

Culturally, Quanta and Blattner share similar values and business models that met Blattner’s key partner criteria. Both organizations are aligned in their focus on employees, customers and communities, with a safety-first approach. Additionally, Blattner and Quanta have collaborative approaches to long-term, trusted relationships with partners with specialized capabilities that will advance North America’s renewable energy transition.

Concluded Blattner, “Our industry is on the cusp of rapid change and evolution – with the potential for a transformative worldwide energy revolution. We seek to remain a leader and entrepreneur by transforming our organization with additional scale and support. Our employees, customers, partners and communities deserve the best in this evolving industry as Blattner also continues to evolve. Joining together with Quanta will create an even brighter future for Blattner and provide more opportunities for long-term success.”

Investment banking firm J.P. Morgan is serving as exclusive financial advisor to Blattner for this transaction.

About Blattner Company
Blattner Company, an industry leading renewable energy provider, is the parent company of Blattner Energy, Inc. and D.H. Blattner & Sons, Inc. that delivers expertise and collaborative renewable energy solutions for developers and utilities throughout North America. The Blattner Family of Companies provides complete engineering, procurement, project management and construction services for wind, solar and energy storage solutions. Powering forward, Blattner builds certainty through relationships, proven project management and self-performance of major work activities, ensuring safety, quality, efficiency and customer satisfaction. For more information, visit: www.blattnercompany.com.

About Quanta Services
Quanta Services is a leading specialized contracting services company, delivering comprehensive infrastructure solutions for the utility, communications, pipeline and energy industries. Quanta’s comprehensive services include designing, installing, repairing and maintaining energy and communications infrastructure. With operations throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and select other international markets, Quanta has the manpower, resources and expertise to safely complete projects that are local, regional, national or international in scope. For more information, visit www.quantaservices.com.

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Blattner Recognized as a Top Solar Company.

 

AVON, Minn., – Blattner Company, an industry-leading utility-scale service provider and installer of renewable energy, and the parent company of Blattner Energy and D.H. Blattner & Sons, has been recognized as a 2021 Top Solar Contractor by  Solar Power World.  Blattner is ranked No. 2 out of over 400 companies on the 2021 Top Solar Contractors list.

“Blattner is honored to be ranked among the top utility scale solar companies,” said Christine Huston, communications director of Blattner. “We’re proud of our employees who deliver a better construction experience through their hard work, talent and dedication on each of our projects. They are the reason we’re a top solar contractor and for that we’re grateful.”   

Blattner employs 4,300 workers who installed 1,358 megawatts of solar power in 2020 and has installed a total of 5,424 megawatts of solar since 2010. The U.S. solar industry grew 43% in 2020, installing more solar panels across the country than any other year on record. The U.S. solar market is expected to quadruple by 2030.  

“It’s exciting to be part of the innovation and growth happening in the solar industry,” said Nik Maeder, vice president of solar operations of Blattner. “We’re thankful to our clients who have partnered with us year after year on each project as we advance this industry together. The growth and megawatts built across the industry are impressive and we extend our congratulations to the other top contractors who made the list this year.”   

The Top Solar Contractors list is developed each year by Solar Power World to honor the work of solar installers in the United States. Solar firms in the utility, commercial and residential markets are ranked by number of kilowatts installed in the previous year. Companies are grouped and listed by specific service, markets and states.  

 For more information about the Top Solar Contractor process and full list, visit solarpowerworldonline.com/2021-top-solar-contractors.

About Solar Power World

Solar Power World is the leading online and print resource for news and information regarding solar installation, development and technology. Since 2011, SPW has helped U.S. solar contractors — including installers, developers and EPCs in all markets — grow their businesses and do their jobs better.

About Blattner Company

Blattner Company is a diversified renewable energy contractor providing leading expertise and collaborative construction solutions nationwide. Blattner Company is the parent company of Blattner Energy and D.H. Blattner & Sons of which both are industry-leading renewable energy contractors in their respective markets throughout the United States. Building on more than a century of innovation, the Blattner Family of Companies provides complete engineering, procurement and construction services for utility-scale solar, wind, energy storage and power delivery projects with proven project management skills and self-per­formance of all major work activities. Learn more at BlattnerCompany.com.

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Blattner Company One of Minnesota’s Best Places to Work.

Avon, Minn. — Our parent company, Blattner Company creates environments where people love to work. So much so that the company was recently selected as one of the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal’s 2021 Best Places to Work in Minnesota.  

Blattner, the leading installer of utility-scale wind and solar renewable energy in North America, is a people-driven business with their headquarters located in the heart of Minnesota. They’ve been an innovator and leader in the industry for over a century. In that time, the business has advanced major infrastructure throughout the United States from constructing dams, mines, bridges and roads to becoming one of the most formidable and respected wind and solar contractors in the world, installing more than 50,000 megawatts of renewable energy nationwide.

Blattner Company was chosen as a Best Places to Work finalist by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal based on several factors: proximity, external evaluation and employee survey results. “It’s one thing to look good as a company from the outside, but what’s on the inside is the true story and Blattner is a great example of an all-around first-rate organization,” said Christine Huston, Communications Director. Employees at Blattner pride themselves in several key areas that they believe drive their company to be a great place to work: culture, character, community and clean energy.  

Culture is cultivated at Blattner by embodying and reflecting great values and common purpose. Each employee has a copy of the “Blattner Purpose, Basics and Values” at their desk as their reference of how they are empowered to act and which they are encouraged to uphold.  

“When our people are at their best, we are at our best,” is a phrase commonly heard at Blattner. This championing of outstanding character shines through in how teams collaborate, innovate and work together for the greater good.  

Community and caring for each other is a common theme at Blattner. “We believe we have a responsibility to make and leave our communities better where we live and work,” Christine said, “This approach applies to our Minnesota communities as well as the communities across the country where our teams build renewable energy projects.”  

As a company in the business of renewable energy, Blattner believes in their ability and opportunity to make the world a better place. “We have a responsibility to act morally and ethically, and to make a difference in the world around us,” Christine said. “The opportunity at Blattner for employees to build a better tomorrow through their work and within the work environment is phenomenal.” 

“Ultimately, it comes down to the people,” said Nik Maeder, Vice President of Solar, “We can’t do great things without great people, and we have bunch of great people who work for Blattner.” 

This year marks the 23rd annual Best Places to Work awards for the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. It’s the Twin Cities’ longest-running awards program recognizing great workplaces. The 2021 honorees will be featured in the Business Journal’s August 13 Best Places to Work special edition, as well as online.  

To read more about the Best Places to Work process and see all the companies who were nominated, visit https://bizj.us/1qal5t. 

About Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal is a multi-platform media company providing in-depth coverage of local business communities and breaking news reaching more than 491,000 readers each week. Through print, digital products such as its twice-a-day emailed news digests and face-to-face events, the Business Journal offers business leaders many avenues for making connections and gives them a competitive edge locally, regionally and nationally. Visit us at mspbj.com to learn more. 

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About Blattner Company

Blattner Company is a diversified renewable energy contractor providing leading expertise and collaborative construction solutions nationwide. Blattner Company is the parent company of Blattner Energy and D.H. Blattner & Sons of which both are industry-leading renewable energy contractors in their respective markets throughout the United States. Building on more than a century of innovation, the Blattner Family of Companies provides complete engineering, procurement and construction services for utility-scale solar, wind, energy storage and power delivery projects with proven project management skills and self-per­formance of all major work activities. Learn more at BlattnerCompany.com.

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Blattner Reaches 50,000 Renewable Energy Megawatts Industry Milestone

Blattner Reaches 50,000 Renewable Energy Megawatts Industry Milestone

Avon, Minn. — Blattner, the leading installer and contractor of utility-scale renewable energy in North America, announced that it has reached an industry milestone of 50,000 renewable energy megawatts. A pioneer in the industry, Blattner has advanced renewable energy with its innovation, collaborative approach and delivery of certainty.

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Blattner to Explore Strategic Options

Leader in Renewable Energy Installation Seeks Transformational Transaction to Strengthen Position, Take Advantage of Next-Generation Opportunities and Ensure Future Success

Blattner, the market-leading installer and contractor of utility-scale renewable energy in North America, today announced that it has embarked on a process to explore strategic options. The company seeks a transformational transaction, which could take the form of a sale or merger, that will further strengthen the organization’s market leadership position, provide additional resources to take advantage of next-generation opportunities emerging in the renewable energy market and contribute to added, long-term success for employees and customers.

“Blattner is in a very strong position today, as we have been throughout our history. We seek to further that momentum,” said Scott Blattner, company president. “Our industry is on the cusp of significant evolution and this is an opportunity to accelerate our organization with additional scale and resources to continue leading and delivering certainty to our renewable energy customers.”

Founded in 1907, Blattner is the North American leader in renewable energy installations – solar, wind and energy storage. The company has:

  • Created 50,000 megawatts of renewable energy;
  • Installed more than 400 utility scale wind and solar systems across the United States and Canada; and
  • Secured nearly 9,800 megawatts of wind, solar and storage to be built.

“As the North American renewable energy leader, we’re seeking a partner that appreciates and values our business model, culture and the success that our teams have built. Equally important, we want an organization that’s a leader in their respective market and can provide the support and resources that will allow us to continue expanding and improving with new technology and innovation,” said Blattner.

The company will be exploring a range of potential partnerships within and outside of the renewable energy industry and has engaged investment banking firm J.P. Morgan as its exclusive financial advisor.

“Blattner has long set the standard in performance of renewable energy construction, customer service and employee culture. This journey is to elevate a pathway to an even brighter future and provide opportunities for long-term success. I’m confident that we can achieve our goal,” concluded Blattner.

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Blattner’s Safety Efforts During COVID-19

At Blattner, we understand and share the concern surrounding COVID-19. To protect our crews and the communities that we are privileged to work and live in throughout the country, Blattner has implemented protective measures as precautionary and proactive efforts. We have a dedicated task force that is closely monitoring the fluid COVID-19 situation and we are following recommendations from the CDC, as well as state and local health authorities.

We are in daily communications with our project teams and we are collaborating with clients and vendors to continue providing the highest level of service and experience. For more than a century, the Blattner family of companies has been committed to our clients, communities and employees and in this 113th year that commitment will carry on strong.

Our top priority is the safety and health of our employees and their families, our clients and vendors. We will continue to monitor this and will take additional action as any new information arises. We wish everyone safety and good health as we navigate this unprecedented time together.

Project Team Contributes to Food Shelf in Lemoore, California

Project Team Contributes to Food Shelf in Lemoore, California

Photo courtesy of the Hanford Sentinel: Representatives with D.H. Blattner & Sons and Solar Frontier present checks totaling more than $10,000 to God’s Bread Box and Lemoore Christian Aid on Tuesday morning in Lemoore.

Blattner is proud to do “good work” in the communities near our job sites, including this one in sunny Lemoore, California where we were happy to contribute to the local food shelf as part of our nationwide Hunger Heroes.

Excerpt from Hanford Sentinel story:

Two local nonprofit groups received a pleasant surprise Tuesday morning in the form of a large donation.

While working on a project in Lemoore, workers with Minnesota-based renewable energy contracting company D.H. Blattner & Sons and Reno-based Solar Frontier donated more than $10,000 to split between two local food pantries.

“The old mentality is, as construction workers, we’re here today and gone tomorrow. So this is our way of giving back to the community,” said Blattner site manager Brian Cooper.

The funds were given to God’s Bread Box and Lemoore Christian Aid, two local organizations that provide food to locals who need it.

“It caught us off guard, it was a pleasant surprise,” said Lemoore Christian Aid Director Nick Francu.

The nonprofit, located at 224 N. Lemoore Ave., provides food and clothing to those who need it. Once every 45 days, individuals can claim essentials from the establishment. Founded in 1985, the nonprofit helps, on average, about 600 a month, Francu estimated.

Funded primarily through ReNewed, a thrift store on W.D St., any other source of financial assistance is much appreciated, Francu said.  The non-profit relies on purchases made at ReNewed and community assistance to stay afloat.

“The reason we’re so successful, in my opinion, is because of the community and the people who donate clothing and food. I’ve had some people come in here and say, ‘I used to have to come in here when I was down on my luck and now I want to give back.’ That, to me, is a great reward,” he said.

He also credits the nonprofit’s diligent and hard-working volunteers.

God’s Bread Box distributes food on the fourth Saturday of each month at First Methodist Church, 500 E. Bush Street, Lemoore. The community outreach program was named the 2018 Organization of the Year by the Lemoore Chamber of Commerce.

“Any help is wonderful,” said chairman Valerie Phelps about the donation.

Phelps said that the organization gives out care packages to those in need, which generally consist of essentials that can create 3-4 meals.

Click here for the official story from Hanford Sentinel.

Blattner Employees Raise Nearly $140,000 for Local Community Food Shelves.

Blattner, a nationwide leading renewable energy company based in Central Minnesota announced that its employees raised nearly $140,000 for food shelves during its annual food drive.

Approximately 70 percent of the funds were raised at the corporate office and donated to seven food shelves in the Central Minnesota region as part of the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. The remaining contributions were raised at the project sites located throughout the United States and donated to those local food shelves in 13 states.

“The annual food drive is just one way employees give back and make a positive impact on surrounding communities,” said Christine Huston, Communications Director. “Because of the passion our employees have for giving back and the organizational support, the food drive has been a success and benefited countless communities for many years.”

Over the course of the two-week food drive challenge, employees donated, raised funds and participated in activities to give back and make a difference. This year, Blattner’s food drive challenge had teams vying for the honor of the winning team. Each team hosted a variety of fundraising events including a bake sale, silent auction, pizza sale, donut day, taco-in-a-bag lunch and raffles. The teams took the competition to a new level this year by adding a chili cookoff, Wii bowling tournament, bean bag tournament and even a boot hockey competition on the frozen lake at the corporate office. Many partners and vendors also contributed to the success of the food drive this year, too.

Blattner has hosted the annual February food drive since 1998. In that time, 1.4 million food and household items and more than $379,000 have been donated nationwide.

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