Clark County at Work: Lotus Works USA

By Mary Ricks, Columbian news assistant

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Business name: Lotus Works USA.

Owners: Fergal Broder, Tom Cafferkey, Connor Flanagan, James Casey, Kevin Menard, Steve Ostrowski.

Address: 9611 N.E. 117th Ave., Suite 2840.

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What the business does: Lotus Works serves customers in a number of industries, including high-tech, biopharmaceutical and paper and pulp, by providing engineering and construction consultation, services and support. The company can help clients develop procedures, train and assess workers, or plan and execute on construction projects.

Additionally, it has been actively involved in the development of renewable energy resources and has several projects in various stages of development. First among these is the 200-megawatt Summit Ridge Wind farm near The Dalles, Ore. Lotus Works hopes to begin construction on that project later this year, said co-owner Steve Ostrowski.

How has the economy affected your business: The economy has decreased the number of opportunities available for Lotus Works to pursue, largely because of market uncertainty and the fact that capital is difficult to secure.

Greatest challenge: Finding and retaining good people will always be the biggest challenge, Ostrowski said.

What’s ahead: The company is poised for expansion as soon as the economy improves, Ostrowski said. He is encouraged by recent indications that the latter half of 2011 will see a significant increase in the number of opportunities presented to the business.

Year established in Clark County: 2006.

Employees: 18.

Telephone: 360-737-9692.

Fax: 360-737-9835.

E-mail:dwalker@lotusworks.com.

Website: http:/www.lotusworks.com.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.