Ryan Logan is Facility Manager at Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge in Benton County, Indiana. A normal day on-site sees Ryan scheduling maintenance, reviewing reports, maintaining inventory levels, and ensuring FERC and NERC compliance. He’s been a Pattern team member since 2015, but started in wind in 1998. Wind has taken Ryan around the country, from his early days on a rigging team at Altamont Pass, to his time providing support and troubleshooting at a site in Bennington, Vermont, which happened to back up to a cemetery. And, as luck would have it, the road passing by the site was called Sleepy Hollow. The technicians, however, didn’t have to deal with any headless horsemen; just the local badgers and bears that wandered through. Ryan calls his time in wind “a great ride,” and he’s enjoyed the unique sense of freedom that comes with working on turbines. “Being out in the sun and the rain and the snow, there’s a freedom and beauty of having that wind blowing in your face,” Ryan said. He takes pride in knowing that what he’s doing has a positive impact on the environment, while also providing the valuable service of creating and supplying energy to approximately 46,000 western Indiana homes each year.
Also impressive to Ryan are Pattern’s contributions to a variety of local organizations, annual community celebrations, and local first responders. “They go above and beyond helping local families,” he said. “I truly believe they care for their employees and do everything they can to help. I have a lot of respect and care for the people I work with.” And, of course, Pattern’s environmentally conscious approach is always on full display. “Pattern does an excellent job at environmental impact studies,” he said. “They go above and beyond to perform due diligence and be stewards of the land we lease and projects we manage. I’m proud of them for doing that.” Ryan explained that the wind industry is perfect for people who find pride in the integrity of their work. “These landowners put their trust in us,” he said. “If you make a deal, you stand by your word and do what’s right. Take pride in your work. Be respectful. From an entry-level tech on up to someone who’s been in wind for a long time, if you follow those characteristics, you’ll be successful.”