Chamber honors expanding businesses

Phil Castle, The Business Times

Seven Grand Valley businesses have been honored for expanding operations that have added a total of more than 35 jobs and resulted in a collective capital investment of more than $6.6 million.

The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce presented the businesses with expansion awards during a quarterly membership meeting.

Innovative Textiles was honored for a $3.4 million investment in new equipment and adding four jobs to its fishing line manufacturing operation. John Pulsifer, controller at Innovative Textiles, said the expansion is part of an ongoing effort to keep pace with sales that have grown 12 percent over the last three years.

West Star Aviation was recognized for a $2 million capital investment and the addition of 10 jobs at a renovated facility on Patterson Road in Grand Junction. The firm uses the facility to overhaul aircraft landing gear.

Dave Krogman, general manager of West Star Aviation, said he expects staffing at the facility to increase from 17 to 40. The addition brings total staffing for the company in the Grand Valley to 438.

West Star Aviation has ranked as the top maintenance, repair and overhaul  facility for four consecutive years in an annual survey conducted for the Professional Pilot trade publication, Krogman said.

The Grand Junction Funeral Home received an award for a $550,000 capital investment and the addition of two jobs.

Rib City Grill was honored for a $365,000 capital investment in remodeling its barbecue restaurant in Grand Junction.

Western Colorado Insurance was recognized for investing $250,000 in a new location in Grand Junction and hiring three more employees.

The Balloons Plus Party Store was awarded for a $60,000 capital investment and adding four jobs.

The KAFM community radio station in Grand Junction was recognized for adding 2.5 positions to its staff.