North Wind Group, one of the nation’s leading small businesses, is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The company was established in 1997 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, by Sylvia Medina. Since then, North Wind has grown to a group of companies that employs more than 300 scientific, engineering, management and professional personnel in 19 office locations throughout the country.
According to Medina, President and CEO of North Wind, “The success of North Wind over the past 15 years is a testament to our outstanding employees and their dedication to the company. They are my extended family. I am so proud of our company and our people.”
In 1997 after several years as an engineer with government contractors, Medina decided to follow in her father’s entrepreneurial footsteps and start her own business. She was committed to improving the environment and providing a company where employees could find challenging and rewarding work in a positive culture.
Under Medina’s leadership, the company grew, expanding its client base and capabilities along the way. Initially, North Wind provided support to the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractors. While the company still works with its original clients, it has expanded to include the U.S. Departments of Defense, Interior, Agriculture, and Homeland Security; state departments of transportation and environmental agencies; federal contractors including Battelle Energy Alliance, Fluor, and Bechtel; and commercial clients such as Chevron Phillips, the Coeur d’Alene Trust, and Newmont Mining.
In addition to expanding its client base, the company has expanded into a broad range of services:
• Environmental Restoration and Compliance
• Waste Management
• Public Communication and Involvement
• Decommissioning, Decontamination and Demolition
• Health and Safety
• Natural and Cultural Resource Services
• Information Technology and Geographic Information Services
• Munitions Response Services.
At the start of 2010, Medina sold North Wind to Cook Inlet Region Incorporated (CIRI), an Alaska Native Corporation. Medina remains the President of North Wind and continues to manage the day to day operations of the company.
Over the past two years, the company has evolved into the North Wind Group of companies: North Wind, Inc., North Wind Services, North Wind Resource Consulting, North Wind Construction Services, North Wind Solutions, and North Wind Site Services. This group of companies allows North Wind to better meet the needs of clients and be more flexible in a changing market.
Throughout its history, the company has been committed to being an active community partner in the locations where it operates. North Wind has supported the annual Bataan Memorial Death March in New Mexico, the Hispanic Youth Symposium in Idaho, and the Dragon Boat Race in South Carolina, as well as national organizations such as the Institute for the Economic Empowerment of Women and Women Impacting Public Policy. The company also routinely supports scholarship programs, the arts, and environmental and conservation efforts. In addition, North Wind is spearheading the effort to build a new animal shelter in Idaho Falls.
The North Wind Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of CIRI, and is headquartered in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The company also has offices in Kellogg and Salmon, Idaho; Los Alamos and White Sands, New Mexico; Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska; Richland and Seattle, Washington; San Diego, California; Denver, Colorado; Pinedale, Wyoming; Cincinnati, Ohio; Lawrence, Kansas; Mary Esther, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Greenville, South Carolina; and San Antonio, Texas.
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For more information, visit the North Wind web site at www.northwindgrp.com.