Enstrom to close facility in Arvada
Enstrom Candies is putting its candy-making focus solely on its headquarters in Grand Junction.
Store owners on Nov. 7 closed the company’s Arvada manufacturing operation, making the state-of-the-art facility in Grand Junction its sole candy-making factory. The move in Arvada resulted in the layoff of 22 workers in candy-making, packing, administration and sales.
“We moved the manufacturing of all the candy to the Grand Junction location,” said Jamee Simons, co-owner of Enstrom Candies. “We had increased our capacity in our plant here such that it was unnecessary to have a manufacturing facility in Arvada. We didn’t need to have those employees in
Denver, which was a difficult decision, but should have happened earlier than it did. Having to lay off those people was just not an easy thing to do.”
The purchase of the Arvada facility occurred in 2006 when the company purchased Arvada-headquartered Stephany’s Chocolates from bankruptcy. Since the purchase, the company has been assessing the viability of operating two production plants.
“After two years of dual operations, we have determined that it is inefficient and redundant,” co-owner Doug Simons said in a statement.
The company has opted to leave the retail store in Arvada.
Enstrom’s will add a new location in Corner’s Square in the new ReMax 4000 building, at First Street and Patterson Road, after the first of the year. That location is also set to house a new Walgreen’s and a high-end restaurant yet to be determined in the upper level.
Enstrom’s has a retail presence in Cherry Creek, Arvada, Grand Junction and Fruita. There are temporary kiosks set up in malls including Park Meadows, Cherry Creek and Flatirons Crossing. There is also a kiosk at the Mesa Mall.
The move to consolidate operations to Grand Junction has been gradual, and Enstrom’s has increased capacity mostly by adding new equipment and hiring some additional employees, Jamee Simons said.
The company purchased a one-shot shell molding plant for making truffles. Prior to the purchase, all of the candy maker’s truffles were done by hand.
Enstrom Candies is a third-generation family-owned business. The store in Grand Junction has been making candy since 1960. The company’s trademark product is its almond toffee, which is sold nationally through mail order and Internet sales operations.