Knoxville-based nuclear engineering firm earns three awards
The number of nuclear plants continues to grow overseas, and United States plants are even greater candidates for analysis and measurement services as the facilities in this country age. Knoxville-based Analysis and Measurement Services Corporation (AMS) is at the forefront domestically and internationally in meeting both those needs.
While TVA’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant will be the first nuclear unit to come on line in the United States in this century, other countries are rapidly pursuing this alternative to fossil fuels. China announced it will build four new reactors late last year. China, Russia, South Korea and France are becoming large exporters of nuclear power technology to the rest of the world.
AMS sees its largest potential for growth overseas, according to Hash Hashemian, president of AMS. AMS is a market leader in the power industry with equipment, training and services to verify the performance of process instrument systems in nuclear plants.
“There are lots of reactors under construction abroad,” Hashemian said. “Our company already has representatives throughout Europe and Asia, and we will add 30-50 employees over the coming years to match the industry’s expansion.”
In addition to international growth, AMS will also maintain its work for nearly all of the 100 nuclear plants in the United States.
“Though the number of plants in the United States isn’t growing, the plants are aging,” he said. “Just like the demand for doctors increases as the populations matures, our work will increase as the nuclear plants age.”
Hashemian’s schedule is packed with maintaining AMS’ current projects, the international expansion and leading a team of 90 employees. But it’s paying off. Hashemian and the company have won three prestigious awards in the first three months of 2016.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce selected AMS as a winner in its DREAM BIG Blue Ribbon Small Business awards, which recognizes 100 companies for their success and contributions to economic growth and vitality.
“This was the fifth consecutive year AMS was selected for this award,” Hashemian said. “Though we are headquartered in Knoxville, our work spans the globe. I’m proud of our team’s hard work and dedication to our clients. Our company’s success is a result of that commitment.”
Junior Achievement of East Tennessee will induct Hashemian into its Business Hall of Fame on April 7.
On April 12, Hashemian will receive the University of Tennessee College of Engineering’s Nathan W. Dougherty Award, which honors engineers whose accomplishments have brought acclaim to the university.
“I am honored to be selected for these awards, and I’m also honored to continue to lead AMS,” he said. “We have a successful past and an even brighter future.”
About AMS Corporation
Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., Analysis and Measurement Services Corporation is a market leader in providing the worldwide power industry with equipment, training and services to verify the performance of process instrument systems. For more than 30 years, AMS has been a leading supplier of equipment, training and services for in-situ response time testing and online calibration of temperature and pressure instrumentation in nearly all 100 nuclear power plants in the U.S. The company has representatives throughout Europe and Asia. AMS also performs high technology and development projects for the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, U.S. Navy, utilities, manufacturers and vendors. For more information, visit http://www.ams-corp.com.