Briefs: Biz Buzz March 15, 2009

•  Quadna, 592 N. Commercial Drive, has had another successful year with its employee stock ownership plan.
In the past three years, the employees have grown their stock plan by more than 34 percent, and recently the stock price increased 54 percent, according to the company.
The Grand Junction branch has six employees. It manufactures, installs and repairs industrial pumps. Quadna has locations throughout the region and a large manufacturing plant in Golden.
Local branch manager Rob Giese said employees work as a team, always willing to help each other out.
“You’ve got a vested interest in the company,” Giese said.

•  SHAPEdesign, 125 Peach Ave. in Palisade, has expanded from a two-person architecture firm to a six-person firm with engineers and designers. Original partners Frank Wagner and John Galloway have joined forces with Julee Wolverton, Cheryl Bloom, Ruth Miller and Steve Sharpe.
Galloway said they have restructured the company to be an architectural engineering firm. The firm is providing the architects and engineers for renovation of the old Palisade High School.

•  The Downtown Development Authority is encouraging downtown businesses to apply for the Facade Improvement Grant Program. The program is designed to award a portion of the funds generated by the tax increment paid by downtown property owners toward exterior building improvements.
It is a matching-grant program, and awards are limited to one per five-year cycle. The maximum award is $10,000 per parcel, with a maximum of $20,000 per project. New construction does not apply.
Application forms are available at

•  Eagle County Regional Airport will close to commercial passenger air service April 15 to Aug. 31.
Airport Director Ovid Seifers estimated that if the airport remained open as usual, 10,000 to 12,000 customers would use it during the summer months. Passengers will be advised to use the Grand Junction Regional Airport, Aspen/Pitkin County Airport or Denver International Airport instead.
Grand Junction Regional Airport Director of Aviation Rex Tippets does not expect a significant increase of travelers using the Grand Junction airport because of the closure at Eagle County Airport. He said the number of passengers Eagle County Airport typically sees in the summer is low; its high passenger traffic coincides with the ski season.
Eagle’s summer service has included daily nonstop flights from Denver, Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago. Through the winter, nonstop flights from 13 major cities across the United States land at the facility.
Small aircraft will be able to land on an interim runway, which normally serves as the taxiway, while the primary runway undergoes maintenance. The work will include milling and resurfacing the eastern half of the runway and a complete restoration of the western half. Seifers said this type of runway maintenance is preformed every 15 to 20 years.
The runway will be lengthened 1,000 feet. The extension is for safety. “You’re not going to see bigger planes,” Seifers said.

•  Dalby, Wendland & Co. has been ranked 29th nationally by A.M. Best Co. for insurance auditing. Dalby, Wendland & Co. is a full-service CPA firm that was founded in 1948. It has seven offices in western Colorado.

•  Sovereign Title & Escrow, 138 S. Park Square, No. 203, will host the Fruita Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event Thursday.

•  The Palisade Chamber of Commerce will have Business After Hours on Wednesday at Palisade Brewery, 200 Peach Ave.

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