Biz Buzz, July 21, 2013

National Asphalt Paving Association awarded Oldcastle Southwest Group of Grand Junction three Quality in Construction awards for projects completed in Montrose, near Meeker and at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Grand Junction Disposal Site.

“It’s a testament to the quality of work that our crews do,” Oldcastle General Manager Kyle Alpha said. “We’ve got a lot of tenure and a lot of seasoned employees.”

Several Oldcastle workers have 10, 20 and even 40 years of on-the-job experience, Alpha said.

Specifically, NAPA recognized Oldcastle for its work relocating and extending Taxiway B at Montrose Regional Airport on an “extremely tight” timetable, according to the association.

“Oldcastle Southwest Group won praise for the consistency and quality of the asphalt mixes it produced to build this smooth asphalt pavement,” NAPA said.

The firm also won praise for its work adding and widening lanes on Colorado Highway 13 and Meeker County Road 60. 

“Oldcastle Southwest Group brought in the necessary testing equipment at its own expense so that it could use reclaimed asphalt pavement in the mixes. The company built a road that earned incentives for its smoothness and asphalt quality.”

Finally, Oldcastle was recognized for its construction of a roadway leading into the U.S. Department of Energy’s Grand Junction Disposal Site.

“Oldcastle Southwest Group provided data and documentation that convinced the Colorado Department of Transportation to allow it to use reclaimed asphalt pavement and recycled asphalt shingles in the project mixes,” NAPA said.

Oldcastle is located at 2273 River Road and can be reached at 243-4900.

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Grand Junction Airport, 2751 Crossroads Boulevard, recently hired a Grand Junction native with four years experience in the hospitality industry as its new director of sales and marketing.

Adam Korte, a 2001 graduate of Grand Junction High School, won the job after White Lodgings, operator of Courtyard and Residence Inn hotels, recognized his sales and marketing efforts by presenting him with a 2011 President’s Council Award.

Korte said he will be selling hotel rooms and meeting space by working with corporate groups and others locally and across the nation.

“I’ll make sales calls and build relationships locally and then also build relationships with decision-makers who want to stay in Grand Junction,” he said.

Korte, who has two sons ages 4 and 6, said he went straight into the workforce after graduating high school and cannot imagine any situation that could take him away from the area.

“I love the Western Slope. To be able to get up in the morning and golf and in the afternoon go to the mountains for camping or mountain biking. You’d be hard pressed to take me away from here.”

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Grand Junction Airport is a full-service hotel that counts 119 rooms and has conference and event space for up to 100 people. Korte can be reached during normal business hours at 424-5888, extension 4004.

■ Confidence, character, beauty and grace come naturally to young dancers who give 100 percent to their art, according to the director of a new dance studio for children offering classes at Kidzplex, 609 25 1/2 Road.

Alpha Dance Studios is now enrolling students for fall classes and will kick-off the new dance season with an open house party on Friday, Aug. 2, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Director of Dance Amanda Weaver said.

The first six new students to register will receive a tote bag with a prize inside. Party-goers who make their purchase before 5 p.m. will also enjoy a 20 percent discount on all dance wear and equipment. 

“Come to register for classes, meet the instructors and get in on some great deals,” Weaver said.

A dance enthusiast since childhood, Weaver was captain of her dance team in high school. When she was a college sophomore, her dance team took second and third place at a national competition in Daytona Beach. Fla.

Teaching children of all ages to dance has been lifelong passion, Weaver said.

“When boys and girls give 100 percent effort it gives them confidence, builds character and teaches them that no matter what they look like on the outside, they are beautiful on the inside because they dance,” she said.

Call 260-6725 for more information.

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