Outland Energy Services of Canby is putting the small town on a global map after securing three world-recognized business certifications.
In early January, Outland announced the company had secured two globally-recognized certifications: ISO 14001:2004 for environmental management and OHSAS 18001:2007 for occupational health and safety management. Outland had previously secured the ISO 9001:2008 quality management certification last year and is the first provider in the North American wind industry to achieve all three.
"Each certification, in effect, tells the public that we actively manage and continually improve our processes that support those areas," Outland President and CEO Steve Scott said.
Outland technicians Chase Rhode, left, and Jordon Bielefeld inspect a wind turbine unit on a wind farm located in southwest Minnesota. Outland Energy Services recently announced it had received three world-recognized business certifications that will help develop a road map for future growth.
To achieve the globally-recognized certifications, Outland had to demonstrate to an accredited independent auditor that it tracks the quality, health, safety, and environmental impacts of its business and continuously works to improve its performance in those areas.
"The three are really designed to complement each other," Scott said. "What they each do is provide a process whereby you monitor and continuously improve performance in those three key areas."
Outland has experienced record growth in 2010, Scott said, and the certifications were needed to provide a roadmap on managing that growth. The certifications put a plan in place that provide growth capabilities without sacrificing quality and safety.
"It's not to say we won't have issues," Scott said. "But when we do, the certification process provides a roadmap for continually improving."
In addition to the certifications, Outland Renewable Energy is in the process of changing its name to Outland Energy Services to better reflect the operations of the company. When founded in 2005, the company was formed to focus on growing community wind projects while providing a support system to maintain the towers.
Because of the company's growth, the two divisions are being separated. The company focusing on community wind projects is being named ECOS and will be managed form an office in Mendota Heights. The wind turbine service company, Outland Energy Services, will remain in Canby. A parent company, RENOVO, LLC, is being created to oversea the two companies.
Scott said he expects 2011 to be another record year for the company. In the coming year, he said the company will add specialized services to keep up with the demands of the changing wind farm community.
"We are going to continue to develop a very aggressive push to build out our service platform," Scott said. "In the next year we are going to be really aggressive in strengthening the remaining platform and adding services to the company."