Made in Michigan: InterMet weather balloons

6:21 PM, Aug 21, 2012   |    comments
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KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) - For the nation's only maker of radiosondes, the sky's the limit. InterMet Systems provides weather services for universities and military forces around the world with airborne devices that measure conditions in the atmosphere-- in other words, weather balloons.

Eight people work at the company now, a figure President Joe Parini expects will double in the year ahead.

"We hope that we'll build up the sond business. We're looking at redesigning the sond, so it's lower cost and compete a little bit more," Parini told WZZM 13's Peter Ross.

InterMet assembles the radiosonds at its headquarters in the Airport Business Park off of the East Beltline. The devices measure temperature, humidity, air pressure and more. The information is sent to a receiving device the company also makes. Weather services typically send up two balloons a day. The National Weather service uses 102 sites across the United States.

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