Leitner-Poma riding high

Congratulations are due to Leitner-Poma, the Grand Junction based manufacturer of ski lifts and related cable systems. The company has landed a multimillion-dollar contract to build 28 cabins for a planned Las Vegas attraction, expected to be the largest observation wheel in the world.

But the contract is not just great news for Leitner-Poma. It will mean additional jobs for this community — the exact number is not yet known. It will also likely mean that Leitner-Poma expands its state-of-the-art factory in Grand Junction, company executives say. That could mean the firm is even better positioned to take on unique jobs, such as the Las Vegas one, in the future.

That job is part of a $550 million project that Caesar’s Entertainment Corp. is building that will include shops, restaurants, nightclubs and hotel rooms. The 550-foot High Roller Observation Wheel is modeled after the London Eye wheel on the Thames River, but will be 100-feet taller. Leitner-Poma will manufacture the cabins, which are to be equipped with flat-screen televisions and are capable of accomodating up to 40 people.

Leitner-Poma, the subsidiary of High Technologies Investments of Italy, will be riding high with this contract. So will the western Colorado community where it is headquartered.


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