Twenty-five Years and Counting: Small Town Company Lives Dream
HAILEY, IDAHO — Once a small town company with big dreams, POWER Engineers celebrates 25 years in the consulting engineering business. From humble beginnings in the mountain town of Hailey, Idaho, the company has grown from two founders to more than 700 people. In the last year alone, billings leapt 36 percent, from $55 million to $75 million, placing the company 90th on Engineering News-Record’s Top 500 Design Firms annual listing.
According to Jack Hand, the company’s CEO and general manager, POWER’s “employees, clients and friends have all played an important part in our success over the last quarter century.”
POWER Engineers’ entrepreneurial spirit is fundamental to its business approach. In the early days, the company’s remote location forced employees to be innovative and creative in the quest to win projects and build the business. POWER Engineers spent its first nine years designing electric utility projects, leading the company to grow to about 60 employees. In 1985, the company established its Industrial Division. By 1989, the company was bursting at the seams in its Hailey office, and built a new 30,000-square-foot facility in Hailey. In 1990, POWER founded both its Telecommunications Division and its first branch office, in Boise, Idaho.
Today, the company has 12 offices across the nation, in key locations like Atlanta, St. Louis, Dallas, Denver and Portland (Oregon). There are even two remote outposts -— in Ireland and Argentina -— that are living examples of POWER’s entrepreneurial tradition.
POWER Engineers’ headquarters remains in Hailey, in the heart of Idaho.