Tuttle streamlined Enstrom, aided area manufacturing

The man who was helping Enstrom Candies modernize and expand and was doing the same thing for the Manufacturers Council of the Business Incubator Center has died.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary for Douglas Tuttle, director of manufacturing for Enstrom and chairman of the manufacturer’s council.

Tuttle, 58, “was the first person I’ve hired who brought experience from other companies” and was using that experience to help the Grand Junction-based candymaker expand, Enstrom President Doug Simons said.

Tuttle oversaw the expansion of manufacturing at Russell Stover Candies in Montrose from 3 million pounds a year to 12 million pounds a year, and he was guiding Enstrom on a similar path as he supervised the establishment of production lines and packing systems, Simons said.

“Our plant wasn’t his workplace,” Simons said. “It was his playground.”

Tuttle had the industry heft to help Enstrom become a national supplier, Simons said.

Tuttle took his enthusiasm for manufacturing to the incubator, where he headed the manufacturer’s council, incubator Executive Director Jon Maraschin said.

Tuttle worked with Western Colorado Community College and manufacturing groups in Denver to advance manufacturing in Mesa County, Maraschin said.

“He was very passionate about the fact that manufacturing is critically important to the community,” Maraschin said, calling Tuttle’s death “heartbreaking.”

Tuttle is survived by his wife, Ginger, and their four children.

He died Friday from complications related to pneumonia.


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