Blane Chick's new business involves building mills and bits for oilfields, plugs and fishing tools.

Chick's Custom Carbide got up and running about a year ago and sells parts built by Chick wholesale.

Chick started working for a fishing tool company about 10 years ago and climbed the ranks of the organization. When the company was bought out and went a different direction, he thought he could fill a niche on his own. Chick said carbide is one of the hardest metals one can obtain.

"There's so many guys in other areas, there was a lot of money left on the table," Chick said.

Chick makes his own products for wholesale, but also makes items for some fishing shops and core drillers who then sell to other companies.

Chick is based in the Grand Valley and has a small shop where he makes his products. He is the owner and operator of the business.

"So far it's been great," Chick said. "It was a great first year."

Chick said he primarily sells his products to fishing companies that fish pipe out of oil wells. He also sells to diamond core drillers.

For information, search for Chick's Custom Carbide on Facebook.

■ Reynolds Polymer Technology is sponsoring a community open house next week for locals to tour the facilities and meet executives.

The event will take place from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at 607 Hollingsworth St. Reynolds Polymer is a Grand Junction-based manufacturer of acrylic solutions. The company said it is looking to grow local awareness and celebrate Colorado's manufacturing month, according to a press release.

"Everyone is welcome to get a sneak peek into the process of a local product that the entire community should be proud to say is made in Grand Junction," Bri Edry, marketing and sales director for Reynolds Polymer Technology, said in the release. "This open house is to build on Reynolds' local awareness and to introduce our business to potential job seekers."

Members of the media, the general public and job seekers are welcome to visit and learn about the company's process. Reynolds Polymer has produced acrylic for more than 1,900 ground-breaking projects in 57 countries.

The company has 18 job openings with more coming, the release noted.

■ Buckaroos Slices and Scoops, a new restaurant in Montrose, will celebrate its grand opening from 10:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

The restaurant is at 1518 E. Main St. and will serve take-out pizza and ice cream. The ice cream is provided by Farr's Ice Cream.

The business is owned and operated by Dominick and Cindy LaJoy, along with their children, and provides employment opportunities for people with cognitive challenges and developmental delays.

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