Ken Hostler is now vice president of the hydro division at Gracon LLC, where he will lead the division’s growth and strategic development.
Hostler has more than 35 years in the hydroelectric industry, most recently as executive vice president of Hydro Consulting & Maintenance Services. He also previously was a field service representative for Allis-Chalmers/Voith Hydro Inc.
“The management team, board and the company’s versatile capabilities attracted me to Gracon,” Hostler said. “As the hydropower industry has fluctuated many times over my career, technical diversity has been critical to a company’s success.”
He has a degree in electrical power technology from the Williamson College of the Trades.
Hostler was chair of the O&M subcommittee of the National Hydropower Association’s Hydraulic Power Committee in 2017 and 2016 and served as an instructor for the Harnessing the Water Course during Waterpower Hydro Basics in 2015, held in conjunction with HydroVision International.
Gracon offers services including hydroelectric construction, dam construction, piping systems and more for government agencies and privately held companies.
In 2016, HydroWorld.com reported Gracon had received a $1.4 million contract to perform civil work at Lemon Dam in Colorado, operated by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation.