Grand Junction-owned Western Implement is celebrating 60 years in business by hosting a contest to benefit local western Colorado 4-H organizations.

The 4-H programs in Delta, Garfield, Gunnison, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, Rio Blanco and San Miguel counties are participating and voters can pick their favorite group to receive a prize of $6,000 from Western Implement. Montrose and Ouray share a program.

"We've supported several western Colorado 4-H animal sales over the last several decades; it's only fitting that as we celebrate six decades in business that we would further support the kids and the families that our business was founded on," Western Implement third-generation owner Jim Coleman said in a press release.

Voting began Thursday and will end at 11 p.m. Dec. 18. People can vote daily at 4h.westernimplement.com or in person at Western Implement's Grand Junction or Montrose locations. The Grand Junction location is at 2919 North Ave. The Montrose store is at 4250 N. Townsend Ave.

"It's pretty amazing having grown up in this business watching the three generations before me navigate and grow our family business. The loyalty and trust among the generations of customers and employees has been our foundation. We wouldn't be here 60 years later without them," fourth-generation owner and operator Dylan Coleman said.

The business also celebrated 60 years with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday hosted by the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce.

Western Implement employs 45 people between Grand Junction and Montrose and serves the western Colorado community with sales and service of farm, ranch and municipality equipment. It also sells hardware, tools, lawn care, small engine equipment, tack, clothing, animal care and accessories. Each location also operates an engine repair shop. For information, visit westernimplement.com.

■ The Montrose location of Express Employment Professionals is moving to 525 E. Main St. The new location opens Monday.

It is currently at 14 S. Uncompahgre Ave. in Montrose.

Office owner Nina Anderson said the change was made to offer improved service to Montrose and the surrounding areas.

"We're very excited about serving businesses in Montrose and the surrounding area with our full line of staffing services," Anderson said in a press release. "This area has a dynamic workforce and growing economy, which creates a need for both staffing services and workers."

The Montrose franchise of Express Employment Professionals opened in 2016 and serves Montrose, Delta and the surrounding areas with temporary help and direct-hire employees in a variety of fields, including administrative, commercial, technical, sales, marketing and more. The office is accepting applications.

In 2018, the company generated $3.56 billion in sales and employed 566,000 people. For information. Visit expresspros.com/montroseco/.

Do you know about an area business opening, closing, moving or changing? Email bizbuzz@gjsentinel.com.

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