- In an early design/build venture into beverage handling systems, POWER’s staff convert a breakroom soft drink machine to dispense 25¢ cans of beer.
- The founders offer company stock to employees for the first time.
- In order to service its growing client base, POWER Engineers buys a Cessna 210 airplane. The company numbers about 45 employees.
- A number of key engineering staff from a giant Boise-based design-build company elects to join POWER rather than accept a transfer to the giant company’s Cleveland office. Thus POWER’s Industrial Division is born to shelter these corporate refugees, giving the company capabilities to compete for mechanical, process, controls and structural work.
- POWER Engineers begins its first 345 kV transmission line project for the City of Austin.
- The legendary “test skid” at Dixie Valley for Oxbow Geothermal is POWER Engineers’ first geothermal design and commissioning project, and one of the first EPC projects.
- POWER Engineers wins its first international project: an ore haulage control system at the Tong Kuang Yu Copper Mine in China. The company numbers 65 people.
- The first seat of MicroStation is purchased, and runs on a stand-alone engineering workstation – impressive at the time! The tradition of using cutting-edge design tools is born. Also this year, the first portable PC is spotted in the Hailey office. It is a weighty Compac clamshell with a suitcase handle. Soon after, the company’s EtherNet backbone begins to evolve and PC use starts to become commonplace..
- POWER Engineers, now consisting of 250 people (plus dogs), builds and moves into a new 30,000-square-foot facility in a Hailey industrial park. Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus comes to Hailey for the groundbreaking ceremony. When the Governor resumes his chair after his remarks, the back legs of his chair slide off the back of the dais. The Governor launches off backward toward the dirt, but is neatly caught by a passing POWER employee! Well done!