CIRI buys North Wind Inc.

CIRI Development Corp. acquired North Wind Inc., an environmental management, engineering and construction services company on Dec. 31, 2009. CIRI Development Corp. is a wholly owned CIRI subsidiary.

North Wind is an Alaska corporation, headquartered in Idaho Falls, Idaho, with some 400 workers at offices and projects located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The firm was founded by company President Sylvia Medina in Eagle River, Alaska, in 1997. Medina will remain president, and CIRI does not anticipate any management changes or job cuts.

“We are very excited to bring North Wind into the CIRI family of companies,” said Margie Brown, CIRI president and chief executive officer. “It is a successful, highly regarded company with a strong management team. It should provide an excellent platform for CIRI business growth, especially outside of Alaska.”

“The new ownership will benefit North Wind and its customers by assuring long-term continuity,” Medina said. “CIRI is well-positioned to help North Wind grow its operations across North America.”

North Wind also provides natural/cultural resource consulting and information technology services. The firm has a large portfolio of contracts with government and commercial customers, including the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Bechtel Corp., NASA, Chevron Phillips Chemical, Duke Energy and General Electric.

North Wind employs approximately 400 scientific, engineering, construction, management and professional personnel and has 19 nationwide office locations. The company core capabilities include waste management; decontamination, demolition and decommissioning; remediation technologies; information technology and GIS; environmental restoration; public involvement and communications; natural/cultural resource consulting; and environmental compliance, permitting and management.

North Wind’s strict corporate safety philosophy has resulted in a safety record of zero lost-time accidents in more than 2 million man-hours worked. The company has won numerous awards and commendations, including the Better Business Bureau 2009 Torch Award. North Wind received the award, which recognizes companies for their ethics and integrity in their interactions with their customers and community, on Jan. 14 in Idaho Falls.

North Wind works with many partners and collaborators to enhance the services it provides, including the Idaho National Laboratory and various universities.

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