Irene Hicks, co-founder of CO2Meter Inc, which was named one of GrowFL's Companies To Watch for 2016, began her professional career practicing accounting as she had studied at university but did not follow the usual accounting professional path. After years of accounting, she wound up launching a carbon dioxide meter manufacturing company.
"Through my accounting practice, I was introduced to a company that was in dire need of restructuring," Hicks said. "After I restructured the company, which made gas detection devices for most of the South African mines, they asked me to be their CEO. For this company I came to the US to purchase and operate the company in Ann Arbor in the gas detection industry. After I retired from that company, my husband decided to go in this direction and we started this company in our garage to make CO2 meters."
Now, the company makes sensors, meters and monitors for gas measurement and control for industries including: medical, HVAC, agricultural, safety, beverage, research and food packaging. Hicks is honored to have been recognized as a GrowFL Company To Watch. "Our partners and staff and I have worked incredibly hard so it's a crowning achievement for everyone involved," she said.