Biz buzz, June 23, 2013

LOKI has grown to reach a worldwide audience, a not-insignificant accomplishment given that the Grand Junction-based sports apparel company started in 1990 in its founders’ home before graduating to a tiny storefront tucked behind a gas station and pizza chain on the Redlands.

After spending 10 years in that roughly 300-square-foot store at 2249 Broadway, Suite 8, owners Dirk and Seth Anderson figured it was time for an upgrade.

Banking on reaching more customers in a centralized location, LOKI is moving downtown to 445 Colorado Ave. Seth Anderson said he plans to open the store in the former home of The Sleep Factory by mid-July, with a grand opening planned in the fall.

“This building is roomy enough, and we hope that it’s central enough,” Anderson said. “All of our customers are excited. It’s a more convenient location.”

The 1,100-square-foot store will be large enough to accommodate LOKI’s retail space, office space and inventory. Merchandise that wasn’t kept in the former Redlands location has been stored in California the last several years, so Anderson will now save on storage fees.

With the new location will come a renewed effort by LOKI to manufacture some items in Grand Junction. The company made most of its goods here up until 10 years ago. Since then, most merchandise has been made overseas.

Employees are in the process of remodeling the store and moving everything downtown, so the Redlands retail store is closed to walk-in business. LOKI is still doing online sales and fulfilling retail orders.

John Anderson was a building inspector for 15 years and, altogether, boasts 30 years of building experience, so he’s seen contractor mistakes more than a time or two.

He’s now in the business of fixing those errors and tending to other home repairs.

Anderson and business partner Dale McClanahan recently started APEX Home Service LLC, a home maintenance remodel and repair company. Anderson said they’ll perform just about any home repair in Mesa County.

Anderson worked as a building inspector for Mesa County before moving to Las Vegas for a few years. He returned to the Grand Valley after the economy tanked and was helping friends work on their homes when one of them suggested he should turn his handiness into a career.

McClanahan spent years in the auto body industry and worked most recently for a solar company, then decided he wanted to do something different. The men say they’re passionate about doing repairs and maintenance the right way for a reasonable price.

Anderson said APEX’s rate ranges around $40 to $50 an hour depending on the job. The business gives discounts to senior citizens.

“When we make an estimate, we hold to that, even if we lose money on it,” he said. “This is our word. We really want to get it done for this price. And if we don’t we’re going to eat it.”

Anderson said he and McClanahan are currently running the business out of their homes but hope to eventually expand to a commercial space.

APEX can be reached at 640-9815 or 216-4007.

Safety, Inc. had operated out of an old farmhouse off of J Road in Fruita since the safety training and compliance business opened in 2001. As its clientele base grew and it acquired government contracts, it became evident the business needed more space, too.

The company this spring moved to 2381 Patterson Road, affording it more room for training and placing it at an industrial and commercial hub of the Grand Valley.

“What really stood out was the ease of access and the location. The drive-by traffic we have is huge,” Operations Manager Brian Osborn said.

Safety, Inc. provides all types of safety-related training, on-site safety job coverage, industrial hygiene monitoring, safety staff augmentation and safety program development and revision. Its bread and butter is the oil and gas industry, but it also serves mining, construction, manufacturing, utility, medical and dental, fire protection, transportation and other companies and industries. It currently has more than 250 clients, according to Osborn.

Osborn said the new location offers more outdoor training space for excavation, trenching, crane operation and other work, as well as more indoor space for classroom work. The close proximity to 24 and Patterson roads means out-of-town clients have easy access to shopping, hotels and restaurants.

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