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Group forming for women in building industry

An upcoming meeting in Grand Junction will offer information about forming a group for women involved in the building industry. The luncheon meeting is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at JXN Station, 571 25 Road. The meeting will feature Judy Dinelle, 2018 chairwoman of the National Association of Home Builders Professional […]

Grand Junction executives participate in ethics summit

Two Grand Junction business executives were among those speaking at what was billed as an ethics consortium summit in Denver. Robert Bray, chief executive officer of Bray Real Estate, and Jerome Gonzales, president and CEO of JG Management Systems, participated in a panel presentation at the event, hosted by the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate […]

USGS plans further collaboration with Colorado School of Mines

More than 150 scientists and their research laboratories are expected to move to Colorado under a new partnership between the U.S. Geological Survey and Colorado School of Mines. The scientists and will work with faculty and students at a state of-the-art facility planned for the university’s campus in Golden. “This is a great day for […]

Mesa County jobless rate retreats

Phil Castle, The Business Times After three consecutive months of increases, the unemployment rate has retreated in Mesa County as seasonal hiring picks up and labor conditions improve. While the jobless rate remains slightly higher than a year ago, the labor market is better, said Celina Kirnberger, business services supervisor at the Mesa County Workforce […]

Leading index signals U.S. growth, but at a slowing pace

An index forecasting economic conditions in the United States continues to signal growth, albeit at what could be a slowing pace. The Conference Board reported its Leading Economic Index (LEI) rose five-tenths of a percent to 111.8 in September. A separate measure of current conditions edged up, while a measure of past conditions slipped. Ataman […]

Colorado business filings portend continued growth

Growth is expected to continue in Colorado, according to the latest analysis of business filings in the state. For the third quarter, 31,014 new business filings were recorded with the secretary of state’s office, an increase of 9.3 percent over the same quarter last year. A total of 136,752 existing businesses renewed registrations, a gain […]

Reynolds Polymer schedules community open house

Reynolds Polymer Technology plans to open its Grand Junction manufacturing facility to the public for an event scheduled for Oct. 17. A community open house is set for 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the facility, located at 607 Hollinsgworth St. The event will offer tours as well as an informal, backyard party atmosphere. Reynolds Polymer […]

The Bray way: Executive honored for ethical leadership

Robert Bray, chief executive officer of Bray Real Estate in Grand Junction, is among the latest winners of national awards recognizing business leaders for practicing high standards of ethics and exerting a positive influence. Bray, who has worked 44 years for the business his grandfather launched in 1946, promotes what he calls the “Bray way” — a company culture emphasizing family and community as well as integrity in doing the right thing. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle

Phil Castle, The Business Times Robert Bray jots notes to himself as encouragement to achieve personal goals — to improve his organizational and public speaking skills, among other things. Bray has kept one of the notes near the desk in his office for more than four years. The one-sentence note reads: “I’m going to make […]

Heavy lifting: Former businessman enjoys record efforts

Kevin Triplett has won a variety of medals at powerlifting competitions, including a first place medal from the recent Olympia Invitational in Las Vegas. Triplett set a world record for his age and weight classes with a bench press of 512.6 pounds. Triplett also has operated a business and sees similarities in setting goals, following plans and working hard.(Business Times photos by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Kevin Triplett has built muscles and businesses and sees some similarities between the two processes. Success depends on setting goals and following plans, but also remaining flexible when unexpected changes arise. More than anything, it requires heavy lifting literal and proverbial, Triplett said. “Rules like that apply to both of […]

Health organization to close Fruita nursing home

Family Health West will transfer residents from the Courtyard Care Center in preparation of closing the Fruita nursing home. “Given the rapidly changing nursing home industry, declining reimbursements and an aging facility, the decision was made and is right for the residents, families and the organization,” said Lori Randall, executive vice president of operations and […]


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