Biz Buzz: Jan. 23, 2014

Abbey Carpet & Floor recently moved its Grand Junction showroom from its former location on American Way to a new and improved location at 2586 Patterson Road. 

“We needed more space for our growing showroom and we wanted a more convenient location for our customers,” said Jeff Jacobson, Abbey Carpet president. “We now have nearly double the square footage to showcase our product lines.”

The new location measures 11,000 square feet and 90 percent of the space is being utilized as showroom, Jacobson said. 

“We’re able to provide a better selection in a much more open and comfortable space,” he said.

The new showroom is just west of First Street on Patterson Road in the former Hi Fashion Fabrics building. 

“We found that customers were having a hard time finding us at our other location. Being at First and Patterson is a big improvement. Everyone knows where that is,” Jacobson said.

Customers will enjoy the same personal service at the new location since the flooring business retained 100 percent of its employees during the transition. 

For more information, call 241-8284.

Elwood Staffing, ranked among the top 20 of all U.S. employment agencies, plans to re-brand its three subsidiary companies under the Elwood name starting this month, Elwood Staffing CEO Mark Elwood announced.

That means SOS Employment Group, 359 Main St., is now officially known as Elwood Staffing, one of 18 Elwood Staffing branch offices in Colorado.

“What makes our local branch so special is we work one-on-one with our clients to make sure that we send them the most qualified person by testing them first,” said Shawn Buterbaugh, branch manager.

“We make sure people can hit the ground running,” Buterbaugh said.

The employment agency formerly known as SOS Employment Group has maintained a branch office in Grand Junction for more than 30 years, he said.

Elwood, SOS and the other Elwood subsidiaries report combined annual revenue of more than $800 million.

Operating more than 220 service locations throughout the U.S. and parts of Canada, Elwood employs nearly 1,000 employees, serves more than 6,000 clients and puts nearly 28,000 temporary associates to work daily.

■ The “No Trespassing” sign, five orange cones with the word “Closed” and steel cable strung across the entrance to Redlands Canyon View Car Wash, 2258 Broadway, tell the tale. One of only two certified green car washes in the Grand Valley is no longer open for business. Doubters might try to reach the business by telephone, but the number is disconnected and the business’ website has been taken down.

The story is the same for Grand Junction Canyon View Car Wash Express, 1110 N. Sixth St., the other certified green car wash, both owned by Roxanne and Mikel Lewis.

No word on how consumers who purchased advanced credits for car washes will be able to redeem their punch cards. A home telephone number listed in the names of Roxeanne and Mikel Lewis also was disconnected.

Amico Plumbing and Solar Source, operated on a small scale by owner Dan Amico out of a private home for several years, is building on its success. Amico moved the business last week to its new location at 725 Pitkin Ave., the former home of Bottle Shop Liquors.

“I would say we have some of the best technicians in town and we can handle any plumbing problem, that’s for sure,” said the owner’s brother, Dave Amico, who was applying some last-minute paint to the walls on Tuesday.

Amico specializes in commercial, residential, remodel and service plumbing, according to the company’s website.

“Our goal is helping our customers and friends with any new installation or repairs,” the website said. “We can also help our clients with custom designed and engineered systems ... We are a company interested in earning our customers’ trust and having long-lasting relationships with our new friends.”

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