Briefs: Biz Buzz May 24, 2009

• Roy Blythe was named Architect of the Year by the American Institute of Architects Colorado West Chapter.
He founded Blythe Group + Co., 618 Rood Ave., along with his partner, Pamela Blythe, in 1996.
The architecture and interior design firm transformed in 2006 to add a project management division, one of the first businesses of its type between Denver and Salt Lake City.
Projects the firm has participated in include the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, Detention Center and Justice Center complex, Grand Junction City Hall, renovations to 44 schools and the building of four new schools for School District 51 as part of a 2004 bond measure.
Cal Clark, director of maintenance and operations for the school district, said the Blythe Group worked as project managers for the 2004 bond project. He credited the firm with saving time and money that allowed extra funds to be used to build Chipeta Elementary School. The Blythe Group proposed to complete the project in two years, rather than three or four as other firms proposed.
“We crammed everything into two years, and it probably saved in the neighborhood of $15 million,” Clark said.

•  A Firestone Complete Auto Care center, 607 24 Road, west of Mesa Mall, opened May 2.
The shop is one of approximately 2,500, corporate-owned Firestone locations in the nation. It is the first in Grand Junction.
In addition to tire services, the shop does scheduled maintenance, under warranty, on any make or model as an authorized dealer.
The site’s managing partner, Dave Hagan of Grand Junction, said he has been a manager at a Colorado Springs Firestone for 10 years and is excited about the opportunity to run the store in Grand Junction.
A grand opening will be June 26 and 27. Regular hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

•  The Montrose Regional Airport will spend $3.2 million to expand its terminal by 11,000 square feet in the next year. The terminal now is 28,700 square feet.
The expansion comes on the heels of the airport’s second-best year, Montrose County spokeswoman Ana Mostaccero said. Last year, 93,580 passengers passed through the airport.
The project is being financed with local funds, state grants and Federal Aviation Administration grants. The addition will be south of the existing structure, and future projects at the airport could add a second level to the south side of the terminal, Mostaccero said.
uE06E A new Rotary Club, the Grand Mesa Sunrise Community Club, has formed to serve the Clifton and Palisade areas.
The service group has a coffee meeting every Tuesday morning from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Dos Hombres restaurant in Clifton, 3245 Interstate 70 Business Loop.
Seventeen members have signed up so far, and the group welcomes men and women business professionals of all ages. To find out more about the club, e-mail president Kim Holbert at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or drop in at a meeting.
The club hopes to work on literacy projects and the overall betterment of the Clifton and Palisade communities. This is the fifth Rotary Club in the Grand Valley. There are more than 1.2 million Rotary members worldwide.

•  Pinnacol Assurance, which provides workers’ compensation insurance, announced May 17 that it is issuing more than $5.4 million in dividends to businesses this year in Mesa County. The company will issue $120 million in dividends statewide.

• Colorado Flight Center, headquartered at Grand Junction Regional Airport, has received authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate a charter flight service.
The company will provide customized air transportation to anywhere in the contiguous U.S. in its twin-engine Piper Seneca.
For information or to make arrangements, call Collin Fay at 254-0444, or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

• The waiting areas at the Big O Tire Stores, 2894 North Ave. and 2462 U.S. Highway 6&50, have been remodeled to provide a business center with free Wi-Fi service and a television lounge. The shops are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.


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