Grand Junction couple purchases heating company

A Grand Junction couple has assumed ownership of the United States-based operations of a portable heating solutions company.

Dominic Jones, the new chief executive officer of Certek Heat Machine, and Felicia Jones, the chief financial officer, purchased the company from Felicia’s parents. A ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the change is scheduled for Aug. 6.

Founded 15 years ago in Canada, Certek Heating Solutions operates multiple branches across North America in providing alternatives to conventional heating methods for customers in the energy and construction industries.

Felicia Jones has worked at the family run company since she was a teen-ager. She traveled to the U.S. to train staff, where she met her future husband and business partner, Dominic Jones. She moved to Grand Junction when they got married.

Dominic Jones progressed at Certek from field worker to operations manager. After a short hiatus, he returned as a director and now owner and CEO. He said the Grand Junction facility has experienced growth thanks to a team of highly skilled workers, streamlined operations and new markets for niche services.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Certek pivoted. Instead of supporting energy clients in the extraction process, the company began working with clients to transport product that’s already been extracted.

Certek has been approved to participate in the Colorado Rural Jump-Start program offering tax incentives for creating jobs. The company plans to open a new manufacturing division that will produce Kodiak heating units. Expansion plans include both capital investment and hiring new employees at the Grand Junction facility over the next three years.