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•	Mayor Pro Tem Moreno congratulates Greg Armstrong, from Mile High Orthotics Lab, on their award. • Mayor Pro Tem Moreno congratulates Greg Armstrong, from Mile High Orthotics Lab, on their award.

BUSINESS AND INVESTOR APPRECIATION EVENT CELEBRATES SUCCESSES

 

 

COMMERCE CITY, COLO. – Four local business leaders were honored for their achievements and community contributions during the fifth annual Business and Investor Appreciation event held at the Buffalo Run Golf Course on September 25.

 

 

 

Attendees also took advantage of the meeting’s resource fair, which included 12 non-profits, to answer questions on small business loans, business development, government contracting, community resources and other items of interest.

 

 

 

“In Commerce City, businesses are growing and redefining commerce every day,” said Interim Deputy City Manager James Hayes. “This annual event recognizes the achievements of our local businesses and thanks them for investing in our community.”

 

 

 

Mayor Pro Tem Dominick Moreno presented awards in the following categories:

 

·         Entrepreneurial Spirit Award: Ed and Roxanne Anderson, owners of Precast Concepts

 

·         Company “On the Move” Award: Mile High Orthotics Lab

 

·         Small Business of the Year Award: Colographic, Inc.

 

·         Pam Downs Lilac Award: Brett Steinbar, North Forest Office Space

 

 

 

Information on the award winners is below.

 

 

 

Ed and Roxanne Anderson, owners of Precast Concepts, Entrepreneurial Spirit Award

 

The award acknowledges the risks and perseverance required for entrepreneurs to be successful in today’s business environment.

 

 

 

In a down economy, Precast Concepts purchased the Ohio-based Shawnee Mold Company – a company that manufactures and sells plastic molds for precast concrete garden and architectural products – and renamed it to Distinctive Molds.  With this and the expansion of the StoneBilt Concepts product line, which manufactures decorative concrete paving slabs that simulate natural stone and architectural precast products, the company needed more space.

 

 

 

The family-owned company’s multi-million capital investment acquired property adjacent to its existing campus and expanded the current building by 48,000 sq. ft. for the StoneBilt and Distinctive Mold operations. Twelve new jobs were added to support the division.

 

 

 

Mile High Orthotics Lab, “On the Move” Award

 

The “On the Move” award recognizes companies that contribute in a positive way to the city’s economy and represent why Commerce City is the place to do business.

 

 

 

Mile High Orthotics Lab has grown and experienced incredible success and they only promise one thing: “a quality product in a timely fashion and to treat you, your staff or anyone else who calls with respect and courtesy that you deserve.”  A very important promise from a company that literally provides support to thousands of feet worldwide.

 

 

 

That simple promise, and the pursuit and support of innovative technologies in the orthotics industry, have resulted in sustained growth for this company.  The company has expanded operations and continues to grow, creating new jobs.

 

 

 

Colographic, Inc., Small Business of the Year Award

 

The Small Business of the Year award salutes firms that represent 70 percent – the economic backbone – of the city’s business community.

 

 

 

Colographic Inc. has been active and growing in the Commerce City community for more than 30 years.  This small, family business started in a garage in 1979. Shortly thereafter, the company incorporated and moved into a two-bay shop in Commerce City. Today, the business occupies a 12,600-square-foot building on over three acres.

 

 

 

By expanding initial product offerings to include marketing and branding services, as well as mobile removal, vehicle wash and detail services, Colographic has experienced significant growth.  Sales at the end of the second quarter were 56 percent higher than sales during the same period of 2010.  In addition, the company has increased employment by more than 50 percent.

 

 

 

Brett Steinbar, North Forest Office Space, Pam Downs Lilac Award

 

The Pam Downs Lilac Award recognizes a business or business professional that partners with the community, invests time and resources to build a “Quality Community” in Commerce City. The award is named in honor of a long-time economic development employee who lost her battle with cancer in 2010. In addition to the award, the recipient is bestowed with a lilac bush from Ms. Downs family, a recognition of her favorite flower.

 

 

 

Brett Steinbar is an active member of many local business organizations, including the Commerce City Business Advisory Committee.  When the Business Advisory Committee formed two important task forces addressing Business Retention and Workforce Development, Steinbar stepped up to the plate to chair the Workforce Development Taskforce.  In just a few short months, the committee doubled in size, created short and long term goals, and organized its first event – a citywide job fair.

 

 

 

Steinbar’s enthusiasm for any project he’s involved in is contagious – he has a special ability to “rally the troops.”  Thanks to his leadership and support of the entire Workforce Development Subcommittee, the city’s first citywide job fair was a great success - 24 employers and more than 300 job seekers participated.

 

 

 

Steinbar specializes in providing office space for growing businesses and he takes customer service to a whole new level.  He is actively involved in helping his businesses succeed – for example, helping prospective new businesses understand business plans, assisting expanding businesses with new floor plans and even working with them to help them grow. 

 

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ABOUT COMMERCE CITY

 

As the state’s fourth-fastest growing community, Commerce City is redefining itself for the next generation, building on historic values of community, industry, agriculture and family. Centrally located along Colorado’s bustling Front Range, Commerce City is adjacent to six major highways, Denver International Airport, two railroads, and two new commuter rail lines.

 

 

 

Nearly 1,300 companies call Commerce City home, ranging from international and national headquarters to small businesses and entrepreneurs. With the nation’s largest urban wildlife refuge, 25 miles of trails, a championship golf course, one of the country’s largest soccer complex, and 700 acres of open space and parks, Commerce City is a Quality Community for a Lifetime. Learn more at www.redefiningcommerce.com.

 

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