Chamber recognizes business expansions

The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce honored companies for expanding operations in the Grand Valley.

Counting $25 million worth of improvements on the Colorado Mesa University campus in Grand Junction, the total investment in the expansions topped $46 million. The companies created 200 new jobs in the process.

The latest numbers bring to 30 the number of companies the chamber has recognized this year for expansions. The companies invested a total of more than $54 million and created 328 jobs.

The chamber recognized the latest expansions during a membership meeting in December.

West Star Aviation was honored for  a $9.5 million project to construct a new paint hangar at Grand Junction Regional Airport. The aircraft maintenance and repair operation also increased its payrolls by 38.

Powderhorn Mountain Resort  completed a $5 million capital improvement project that included a new high-speed quad chairlift at the resort on the Grand Mesa east of Grand Junction. The project also included 8,000 feet of increased snowmaking, almost doubling coverage to 42 acres.

Mind Springs Health  invested more than $3 million in expanding its psychiatric hospital in Grand Junction and the mental services it provides in Western Colorado. Payrolls have increased 106.

Amigo Animal Clinic invested $1.5 million in an expansion and added six positions.

Foundation Repair of Western Colorado completed a $1.1 million expansion an added three employees.

All Copy Products was honored for an $800,000 expansion and adding three employees. AlphaGraphics was recognized for a $125,000 expansion that added three employees.

Aerial Clinical Services invested $63,000 in an expansion and increased staffing by 35.

A Robin’s Nest of Antiques & Treasures completed a $55,000 expansion in creating the largest antique mall between Denver and Las Vegas.

Golden Fights was recognized for an expansion involving $45,000 and six additional employees.