Biz Buzz, July 1, 2012
When Justin and Rebecca Hale and Brent Jagger opened Citadel Security and Investigations in Rifle six years ago, the company focused primarily on patrolling roads for oil and gas companies, ensuring that drilling rigs and well heads were safe.
Since then, Citadel has expanded its services throughout the Western Slope, providing security for festivals and events such as Country Jam and Rock Jam in Mack and Strawberry Days in Glenwood Springs and at buildings such as courthouses and shopping malls. It also offers private investigation services, self-defense and safety training and concealed handgun permit and first aid classes.
After setting up three different temporary offices in Grand Junction over the years, Citadel decided to invest the money earned from diversifying its portfolio of work and in April opened a permanent office at 2472 Patterson Road, Suite 13.
The nearly 1,600-square-foot office constitutes a significant upgrade over the 10-foot by 12-foot rooms out of which Citadel operated previously in town. With no office space and no room for equipment, Jagger said he had to drive to the company’s Rifle headquarters two or three days a week.
In addition, he said, “the new space allows us to do training in house instead of trying to find training space elsewhere.”
After starting with three employees, Citadel has grown to more than 70 full-time and part-time employees and plans to eventually add more.
Jagger said Citadel’s Grand Junction office is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, but that it’s probably better for people to schedule an appointment. Jagger can be reached at 970-314-4185.
■ A year after co-owners Ken Burns and Jeff Ferguson launched from a tiny storage unit a company that recycles e-waste, E-Waste Recyclers of Colorado continues to climb the ladder.
The company in May relocated from the former Ashley Furniture warehouse, 655 N. First St., to its new home at 1027 S. Seventh St., signing a three-year lease and giving Burns and his brother-in-law a larger, more inviting place to do business and serve customers.
The move was triggered largely by the Mesa County Public Library District temporarily moving the central library to the old furniture store next month. But Burns said the move also has its benefits for E-Waste.
After using 2,600 square feet to 5,000 square feet of space in the former furniture store warehouse for eight months, E-Waste now has an 8,000 square feet building on 1 1/2 acres that used to house Jones Heartz Lime Co.
And after having customers navigate their way to the back of a warehouse, E-Waste now has greater visibility and parking that fronts Seventh Street.
“It gives us a nicer facility for daily operations,” Burns said. “We have offices people can walk into. Previously, there was nowhere for customers to go.”
Another advantage of E-Waste’s new location is its close proximity to Western Metals Recycling, 645 Fourth Ave. The company refers to E-Waste a lot of customers who have items that can’t legally be disposed of in the landfill.
In addition to the move, E-Waste has purchased a hard-drive shredding machine and opened drop-off locations in Palisade and Delta.
E-Waste is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
■ Hyeongje Restaurant, the only place serving Korean food in the area, closed its doors last week.
The restaurant opened a little more than a year ago in the Red Cliff Pointe Shopping Center at 2650 North Ave., Suite 106. It offered dine-in service for the final time Thursday and carry-out service for the final time Friday.
Hyeongje’s owners posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page that they would like to move the restaurant but don’t have the money. They said they couldn’t afford to pay the rent because of a poor restaurant location and a lack of customers.