- POWER launches its Communications Division. This change recognizes several years of landmark work by POWER in providing engineering and project support for thousands of miles of fiber optic long-distance phone and data lines around the West.
- POWER Engineers establishes 401(k) retirement plan.
- Farewell, old friend! The beer machine, a casualty of a maturing consulting business, is hauled away on a dolly, never to be seen again. In a totally unrelated development, firearms are banned from the Hailey office, to keep some office cubicles from looking like a small-town swap meet.
- POWER Engineers hosts its first Line Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. This becomes an annual event for transmission line engineers throughout the country.
- POWER Engineers purchases and operates a second airplane, the Turbo Prop Commander.
- POWER Engineers is awarded the ALCATEL project, propelling the company into the fiber-optic industry.
- The Denver, Colorado office is established to support T&D and Communications projects.
- The Longview, Washington office is established to accommodate electrical testing needs in the Pacific Northwest. The office later moves to Vancouver, Washington.
- POWER Engineers leads the 100-mile long Pauline-Moore 345 kV transmission project in Nebraska, the largest EHV project for the company to date.
- In a double coup for POWER’s early power generation and food process marketing efforts, POWER is hired to engineer two advanced gas turbine CHP plants for potato process plants in Idaho. This was the breakthrough for POWER’s development of a track record in gas turbine power plant engineering.
- The 1996 acquisition of utility engineering specialist Kuether & Associates establishes POWER’s St. Louis office, and adds significantly to POWER’s staff experience in large and high-voltage transmission line work.
- POWER Engineers’ Communications Division adds non-regulated customers, resulting in a multi-state fiber-optic backbone overbuild for Sprint.
- POWER Engineers sells its Cessna 210 airplane. Since 1983, the little plane has made the equivalent of five round-trips to the moon. POWER now relies on commercial airlines due to the sheer volume of projects and longer-distance locations.
- POWER Engineers begins a long-standing relationship providing communications services to Touch America.
- A true arrow in the generation business’ quiver: Mindanao. This 52 MW geothermal plant marks the “arrival” of POWER Engineers’ geothermal team.
- A project for St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Ketchum, Idaho, becomes POWER Engineers’ first major hospital project.
- POWER Engineers’ first significant food processing project is for a cheese plant for Glanbia Foods.
- POWER Engineers begins long-term consulting relationship with TXU (now Oncor Electric), resulting in hundreds of projects each year. This sparks the initiation of the Project Web Collaboration (PWC) software used for many projects.
- The Atlanta, Georgia office is established to support fiber-optic projects.
- Rover, move over! Dog days come to an end, and employee pooches are banned from the Hailey office!
- Major firm ownership transition is initiated, ensuring that employees — now numbering 450 — continue to own the company.
- The design of a fiber optic backbone from Portland, Oregon to Houston, Texas begins. The 2,367 miles between the cities is equivalent to 41,659 football fields.
- The Communications Division facilitates the company’s first design-build project at a cost of $23 million.
- Corks fly when POWER Engineers’ T&D Division wins its largest-ever contract: right-of-way, engineering, and construction management for 230 miles of 345 kV transmission line.