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North Wind Announces New Western Regional Manager

Idaho Falls, Idaho – North Wind Group is pleased to announce that Ken Valder, P.E., has joined the company as Western Regional Manager. In his new role at North Wind, Valder is responsible for managing the company’s U.S. western region and Pacific operations. Based in Seattle, he will also play a significant role in business development and growth management as North Wind expands its operations.

Valder has more than 25 years of leadership experience within the fields of environmental compliance and remediation, civil engineering, and construction management. He has extensive federal contract and program management experience with the Army Corps of Engineers, Army Chemical Materials Activity, Air Force Space Command, Naval Surface Warfare Center, General Services Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Park Service, and Bureau of Indian Affairs. Past clientele also include a variety of state and local agencies, as well as commercial clients in the utility and manufacturing industries.

Valder’s career includes major leadership roles at Tetra Tech, AECOM, and Akana, a small Native American owned professional services firm. He has worked out of Seattle serving west coast customers for more than 18 years. Valder has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University and is a registered Civil Engineer in Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and Michigan. He can be reached via e-mail at

North Wind is one of the nation’s leading small businesses providing engineering, construction, environmental, and technical services to federal and state agencies and private industry. Founded in 1997, North Wind has grown to a group of companies that employs more than 500 scientific, engineering, management and professional personnel. Since 2010, North Wind has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cook Inlet Region, Inc., an Alaska Native Corporation. North Wind is headquartered in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and operates from 20 office locations throughout the country.

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