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Company uses helicopters to monitor power lines, do aerial imaging
by Adam Elrod
June 19, 2013 09:55 AM | 1838 views | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In the hangar of RotorWorks, from left, are Project Manager Terrance Davis, LiDAR Analyst Danny Puterbugh, LiDAR Analyst Kenny O’Pry and RotorWorks General Manager Lewis Harrell.
In the hangar of RotorWorks, from left, are Project Manager Terrance Davis, LiDAR Analyst Danny Puterbugh, LiDAR Analyst Kenny O’Pry and RotorWorks General Manager Lewis Harrell.
A Paulding County company helps area power companies keep their lines clear and the power on to thousands.

Created in 2000, RotorWorks offers a variety of services including visual inspection of power lines, and infrared and Corona inspections, which include examination of transmission lines, aerial imaging; LiDAR, which allows laser scanning, aerial mapping; and storm patrol and emergency response, according to information from RotorWorks.

They perform all of the services using helicopters. The company owns three helicopters and employs a staff of 12, said General Manager Lewis Harrell.

“We have helicopters, but we are not necessarily a helicopter company,” he said.

According to information from the business, “RotorWorks uses helicopters as an aerial platform for technology.”

A variety of different utility companies employ RotorWorks to inspect their power lines to make sure there is no disturbance in service.

“We keep the power on,” Harrell said.

They also check to make sure there is no encroachment on rights of way — the areas companies own around power lines — or vegetation that could interrupt transmission, such as dead, leaning or fallen trees.

The company gets most of its business from the Southeast, but will work all over the country, he said.

“We are looking forward to the future,” Harrell said.

The Paulding County Chamber of Commerce earlier this year named RotorWorks its 2013 Industry of the Year Award winner. Chamber President Carolyn Wright said the company has grown 66 percent in sales in the last two years.

“This growth, along with their community involvement and service throughout the Southeast with restoration efforts after hurricane and tornado disasters, secured their position as Industry of the Year for 2013,” she said.

Harrell said he attributes the growth to being, “Blessed from the Lord, and the people we have working for us.”

The company has strong Christian values, he said.

Their charitable community involvement includes donating helicopter rides to churches for events, and bringing a helicopter to the Calvary Children’s Home to demonstrate how it works.

RotorWorks also works with Paulding Economic Development, a public-private industrial recruitment agency. The company helps the agency any way it can to help bring new businesses to the county, Harrell said.

Part of RotorWork’s efforts to bring business includes working with the Paulding Aerospace Alliance, which Harrell chairs.

The alliance is a resource for the aerospace industry. They have 11 members in the group.

“It is just a natural fit to be in the aerospace alliance,” he said.

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