COMMERCE CITY — Commerce City leaders honored five local businesses Dec. 5 at its sixth business appreciation event at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
“A key to Commerce City’s growth has been the success of our 1,500-member business community,” said Deputy City Manager Jim Hayes. “This annual event recognizes the achievements of local businesses and thanks them for investing in our city.”
The event at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park also highlighted upcoming opportunities associated with the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships, which will be held at DSG Park next July.
Mayor Sean Ford and City Manager Brian McBroom presented awards in the following categories:
• Entrepreneurial Spirit award: Rocky Mountain Soda Company, Aerofield Services.
• Company “On the Move” award: Bake Fresh Company of Colorado, Revolution Foods.
• Small Business of the Year award: EJ Painting & Fiberglass.
• Pam Downs Lilac award: Quality Community Initiative Stakeholder Group.
In winning the Entrepreneurial Spirit award, Rocky Mountain Soda Company — which opened in Commerce City in 2010 — was noted for their focus on taste, quality and small batches and custom brews. The company was featured in ColoradoBiz magazine earlier this year, and they credited their growth “to the city’s business-friendly environment and close proximity to materials,” according to a news release.
Aerofield Services provides comprehensive services for the aviation industry, including records auditing, technical oversight and aircraft support. Since locating in Commerce City two years ago, business has really taken off for Aerofield Services, which was started in a home office and is now expanding for the third time at the North Forest Office Space.
Bake Fresh Company of Colorado is a wholesale manufacturer of a variety of fresh-baked goods for local 7-Eleven stores. A community member since 2010, the company has expanded along with 7-Eleven’s presence along the Front Range, including six new stores within Commerce City. Bake Fresh Company of Colorado is now planning to serve additional convenience retailers, which requires expanding their local operations.
As for Revolution Foods, the company has doubled the size of their building and expanded their employee base by 66 percent in the past four years while serving more than 8,000 school meals per day across the state.
Small Business of
the Year award
A family-owned business, EJ Painting & Fiberglass has served the composite industry for more than 30 years, providing custom fiberglass fabrication services. To keep up with rapid growth, the company completed a building renovation and expansion project this year that more than doubled the size of their operation to 20,000 square feet. While the postal address says Brighton, EJ Painting & Fiberglass is a Commerce City company, housed in the city limits.
The Pam Downs Lilac award is in recognition of a longtime member of the Commerce City economic development division who dedicated her career to helping build a quality community. This year’s award went to a collection of individuals known as the Quality Community Initiative (QCI) Stakeholder Group. The group met monthly for more than two years, working on ways to improve the community. In early 2013, the QCI recommended that city council pursue a series of capital projects, leveraging a variety of revenue streams to fund construction, operations and maintenance. City Council refined the proposal and unanimously referred a 1-percent sales and use tax increase to fund five parks, recreation and road projects over the next five years, as well as provided a dedicated revenue stream for these types of projects in the future. Voters approved the referred measure — Issue 2K — in the Nov. 5 general election.