Zip line company wins state award for achievements

Sarah Shrader

Grand Junction-based Bonsai Design won a major statewide award, according to the Economic Development Council of Colorado.

At the council’s annual gathering in Vail this week, the Grand Junction company was awarded its top honor, the 2017 EDIE Company of the Year Award.

The company that makes zip lines nationwide recently was awarded an incentive package from Grand Junction to locate its headquarters in the soon-to-be-built business park at Las Colonias Park along Riverside Parkway.

Economic development leaders in the city are hopeful that the new business park will help the Grand Valley become a national mecca for outdoor recreation companies such as Bonsai.

The award honors individuals, groups and companies for outstanding achievements in economic development.

The EDIE award goes to those companies that have demonstrated support for their communities by being active and engaging, as Bonsai’s owners have long been known.

“We couldn’t be more honored to receive this award from the EDCC,” said Sarah Shrader, co-owner of the company. “Bonsai is excited to help promote and support the outdoor recreation industry in the Grand Valley, and we are looking forward to creating a vibrant and healthy economy for families to thrive.”

Shrader also is the founder of the Outdoor Recreation Coalition of the Grand Valley. She additionally serves on the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office Advisory Council, the Grand Junction Economic Partnership and the School District 51 Foundation Board.

The award was created in 1989, and includes such past recipients as former Gov. Roy Romer, the city of Montrose, former Grand Junction state Rep. Bernie Buescher and Kelly Marlin, a former executive director of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership..

Kelly Marlin is now Kelly Flenniken, community and local government affairs area manager for Xcel Energy, who also is the immediate past board chairwoman of the council that presents the EDIE award.


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