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Alta business growing with wind energy

Thursday, November 20, 2008

He started his first business at age 19, and had three different businesses by age 21. Rob Hach, company founder of Anemometry Specialists, now considers himself to be a "serial entrepreneur." "I enjoy the challenge of starting companies," said Hach, with 14 years experience in wind farming. "I always wanted to run my own business in the wind industry."

Hach started Anemometry Specialists, 'Installed with Pride Worldwide', with his wife, Tara six years ago. Tara Hach is the Vice President of Finance. The company started out with the husband-wife team and one other employee. Today the company has 22 employees and is continuing to grow, possibly adding another 30 employees in the next 24 months.

"I really like starting companies and seeing them grow," said Hach. "I enjoy bringing people together to run the business."

Hach and his wife receive a lot of satisfaction in owning their own business and providing a better lifestyle for their employees. "The amount of positive impact that our business and employees can have in a small town is greater than if our business was elsewhere," said Hach.

Anemometry Specialists, based in Alta, Iowa is a business that specializes in anemometry tower installation. Anemometry is the measurement of wind speed and direction. The company has recently installed 30, 50 and 60 meter towers in very rough and hostile terrain including Oklahoma, mountain ranges in Southern California and New Hampshire, the Texas coastline, the Flint Hills of Kansas and parts of Northern Michigan as well as 80 meter towers throughout the rest of the United States.

"Anemometry Specialists is another entrepreneurial success story in the Iowa Lakes Corridor region," said Kathy Evert, president, Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation. "The wind energy industry is growing over 30% per year in the United States and we're proud to have this company, serving this industry, right in our back yard," said Evert.

You may be wondering: What does Anemometry Specialists do exactly? The answer is simple, preliminary assessment for wind farms. "We travel all over the world to test the wind," said Hach. "The analysis that we do is to determine whether a wind farm is feasible."

Companies like Anemometry Specialists are growing because consumers are demanding more options from their energy companies. Utility companies are finding out how easy it is to add wind energy into their portfolio, and there are also international clients that are investing in the United States.

"Even with a bad economy, we are still growing because people still need electricity," said Hach.