June 17, 2003 11:00 pm

Steve Anderson of La Grande, who formed his own civil engineering company a year ago after long service with another local firm, has been elected vice chairman for the American Council of Engineering Companies.

"It will keep me hopping, with a lot of travel," said the owner of Anderson Consulting Services, which he started in June 2002.

"There will be a lot of travel involved,'' Anderson said again.

He will represent consulting engineers of the loosely defined Pacific Northwest region, he said. The region encompasses nine states from Nebraska to Alaska.

"It will take up 25 percent of my time," he said. His wife, Sharen, will share in the duties, he said.

"It's a two-year appointment, and I don't intend to advance further in the organization," he said.

ACEC is a Washington, D.C.-based engineering-industry association representing the business and political interests of more than 6,000 independent engineering companies throughout the United States.

Anderson, 61, has worked in the engineering field since graduation from Utah State in 1964, including his work with Anderson Perry & Associates from 1975-2002. He is former president and principal engineer of Anderson Perry.

Anderson, who is currently doing a lot of engineer work out of state, is a member of the La Grande Lions Club and served as chairman of the La Grande Salvation Army Advisory Board for several year and is involved in other local activities.

He was named the 1989 business person of the year by the Union County Chamber of Commerce.

When he started his own company last year, he had a non-competing clause with Anderson Perry — a company he started 30 years go — that prevented him from doing business in Oregon for a year. But he has been working in Idaho and continues working there. He is licensed in Oregon, California and Idaho.