Al Powers grew up on a farm just east of Carlisle, and has lived in the Carlisle and Warren County area all of his life. He attended Iowa State University and then worked for Iowa Power/Midwest Power for 28 years before co-founding P & E Engineering Co. in Carlisle in 1995. The company designs all types of power systems for a variety of industrial and public utility clients. A large portion of their current business is designing utility scale wind farms, with projects spread from Michigan to California. The company is currently located at the corner of 5th St. and Hwy 5, and employees about 15 people.
Al officially retired at the beginning of 2015, selling his shares in the company to two younger employees. He continues to work for the company, and continues to be involved in the Carlisle community.