SPECIAL SECTION ADVERTORIAL Local Construction Company Celebrates 45 th Anniversary with Award for Wind-Energy Project By Kate Nation Wanzek crews working at Bison 4 Wind Project With a reputation as an “economic miracle state,” North Dakota has been a top national economic growth performer since 2000, landing on Forbes ’ Best States to Make a Living list. Currently ranking at the top of the list of best entrepreneurship environment, North Dakota focuses on being business friendly. This has resulted in a coefficient relationship between the state’s growth and individual business development. Wanzek Construction Inc., located in Fargo, N.D., is one company that illustrates the successful alliance between the state and its entrepreneurial-minded residents. Like many startup companies, Wanzek was founded in the basement of the home of a married couple with little more than a strong work ethic and a plan to build a prosperous business. Now, celebrating its 45 th anniversary, the company performs $400 million in projects per year as a subsidiary of MasTec Inc., a leading national infrastructure construction company. Nearly 1,000 of the company’s completed jobs are located in North Dakota. As a heavy industrial contractor, Wanzek offers construction services for numerous industries, including power, renewable energy, oil and gas, and heavy civil and industrial agriculture, as well as specialty services, such as consulting services, crane services, O&M services and oil field services. Wanzek’s extensive in-house equipment fleet has earned the company recognition on American Cranes & Transport ’s list of North America’s Largest Crane-Owning Companies, and it is not uncommon to see Wanzek-owned cranes in multiple locations around Fargo. Recently, Wanzek has been recognized for its positive contribution to the development of wind energy in North Dakota. According to the American Wind Energy Association, North Dakota has the sixth-largest wind resource in the United States, with a theoretical capacity totaling a little more than 770,000 MW. Investment in wind power would create jobs, produce lease payments for landowners and increase the tax base of communities. Most of this money would stay in the state. Wanzek was recently awarded a top Pyramid award from the Minnesota/ North Dakota Associated Builders and Contractors for the Bison 4 Wind Project in the category of Industrial Over 5 Million. Bison 4, a successful 205-MW expansion to Bison Wind Energy Center, resulted in the center being ranked North Dakota’s largest wind-energy capacity generation project. Another Wanzek-constructed project, Courtenay Wind Farm, has been recognized by Senator John Hoeven as being in line with his comprehensive energy plan, Empower North Dakota. North Dakota’s approach to development allows small business owners to become large business owners, creating growth that empowers individuals, companies and the overall health of the state. In this environment for business advocacy, companies like Wanzek are able to find a foothold and achieve high-impact success. n N1 | April 25/May2, 2016 enr.com/MountainStates/SpecialAd/ PHOTO: COURTESY OF WANZEK CONSTRUCTION INC.