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Posted on: March 18, 2016

Seven Commerce City Businesses Rise to the Top

COMMERCE CITY, COLO. (March 18, 2016) – Commerce City honored seven local businesses who achieved great success last year at the eighth annual Commerce City Business Appreciation Awards event. Held at the Yellow Rose Event Center, the breakfast featured a keynote from Ardent Mills Chief Executive Officer Dan Dye, who highlighted the firm’s recent corporate relocation to metro Denver and the company's history with Commerce City.

“This annual event is the city’s opportunity to thank our businesses for the important role they play in the success of our community, said Mayor Sean Ford. “After all, a Quality Community for a Lifetime often begins with a good job.”

City Council members and emcee Susie Wargin presented awards in the following categories:
• Businesses On the Move:
o A.R. Wilfley & Sons, Inc.
o Commerce City Family Dentist
o Denver Machine Shop
o Old Dominion Freight Line
• Entrepreneurial Spirit Award: Stryker By Design, Inc.
• Pam Downs Lilac Award for Leadership: Redd Iron, Inc.
• Business of the Year Award: United Parcel Service
An awards selection committee, comprised of community business representatives, chose the winners from the nominations received. Detailed information on the award winners is below.

The Business on the Move award recipients brought new capital investment, high levels of sales growth or new employment to Commerce City.
• A.R. WILFLEY & SONS, INC. is a nearly century-old manufacturer of heavy duty centrifugal pumps for chemical and mineral processing. In 2014, the fifth-generation family business began searching for a new manufacturing location and acquired two buildings totaling 121,000 square feet at 5850 and 5870 E. 56th Avenue in Commerce City. The company made extensive capital investments on site and created 90 new manufacturing jobs.
• A woman- and minority-owned business, COMMERCE CITY FAMILY DENTIST provides orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry to the Derby neighborhood, an area that lacked dental services for several years. Since opening the practice in August 2012, Dr. Elizabeth Salazar, Dr. Brandon Braud and Dr. Evan Cettie have grown the business to 22 employees in over 5,100 square feet of space at 7230 Locust Street.
• Founded in 1916, DENVER MACHINE SHOP is a fourth-generation family business, co-owned by twins Scott and Eric White. The company services the Rocky Mountain region in the mining, petroleum, and manufacturing industries with replacement parts and heavy machinery rebuild services. In 2013, the company acquired a 30,000 square feet facility at 9762 East Hanover Court, allowing them to expand their business. As a result, Denver Machine Shop has hired eight new employees and seen sales increase by 57% in the last year.
• OLD DOMINION FREIGHT LINE, INC. is a motor carrier providing regional, inter-regional and national less-than-truckload and value-added logistics services. A 20-year Commerce City business, the company acquired a 65,000 square foot facility at 5601 Holly Street, allowing them to add 70 jobs as part of a $10 million expansion. On a daily basis, 125 trucks depart from this 34 acre site, delivering 275,000 packages annually.

The Entrepreneurial Spirit award acknowledges the enterprising spirit a company or individual embraces as they start a new business, develop a new product or expand into new markets.
• STRYKER BY DESIGN is a woman-owned contract manufacturing company that specializes in “soft-sewn” products, made by highly-trained and talented operators including refugees from war-torn countries. Stryker manufactures backpacks, military and tactical gear, fashion bags and more at their facility located at 5745 Monaco Street. Since 2000, the company has used an innovative approach to manufacturing, leasing out office and warehouse space to some of their clients and allowing companies access to the production floor, giving them real-time review of products as they are made, eliminating delays for delivery and reengineering of products during the assembly stage. This interaction allows for improved product development; Stryker has doubled their employee count, invested in new machinery, and fully utilized their 10,000 square foot space.

The Pam Downs Lilac Award for Leadership honors businesses or individuals that have been a catalyst for economic vitality in Commerce City though creative leadership, innovation, facilitation, collaboration or contribution of resources.
• REDD IRON INC. is a family-owned business founded in 1998. They specialize in structural steel, stairs, and rail fabrication featuring the latest in Computer Numerical Control fabrication technology and software in their 16,000 square foot facility at 10421 East 106th Avenue. The management firmly believes that the “people” in a company make a company’s reputation as much as by their product, which is evident in their community involvement. For the past several years, Redd Iron has been a leader within School District 27J’s technical and trade school welding program. The company created the program’s testing curriculum, donated several thousands of dollars’ worth of material, judged the annual awards program and hires three-to-five program graduates annually. The company is also active with the nationwide SkillsUSA competition, which showcases the best career and technical education students in the nation.

The Business of the Year Award recognizes a Commerce City company that has shown a history of sustained leadership within its industry and community.
• The UNITED PARCEL SERVICE employs 2,700 employees in Commerce City, making it the largest private employer. This is the largest UPS facility in the Western United States, with almost 700,000 square feet of loading space. In 2015 UPS added 90 full-time jobs, expanded their 5300 East 56th Avenue facility, adding almost 20,000 square feet of operational space, 100 docking spaces for package cars, a new parking lot created spaces for 355 employees. UPS also constructed a high capacity compressed natural gas fueling station for their nearly 300 UPS package cars and tractor fleet and installed LED high efficiency lighting. Throughout their 44-year history in Commerce City, UPS has helped thousands of people through investment, donations, and volunteerism. Whether its preserving history by relocating portions of the old civic center for the Commerce City Historical Society, repainting school gyms or remodeling the Hope Center to better meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities, UPS executives and employees routinely roll up their sleeves to contribute to the community in which they live, work and play.
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As the state’s third-fastest growing city, Commerce City is redefining itself for the next generation, building on historic values of community, industry, agriculture and family. Centrally located along Colorado’s bustling Front Range, Commerce City is a Quality Community for a Lifetime, with 25 miles of trails, a championship golf course, 700 acres of open space and parks, one of the country’s largest soccer complexes and the nation’s largest urban wildlife refuge. Learn more at www.c3gov.com.

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