• Police arrest man after series of car fires

        BRIGHTON – It’s one of those things that Kathy Croteau didn’t think would happen in Brighton, much less her neighborhood.    
        But when someone pounded on her door early Friday morning and said her car and her daughter’s car were on fire, that opinion changed.

  • Ties That Bind

    The owners of Brighton’s new Copper Rail Bar and Grill want to emphasize the restaurant’s family atmosphere.
        One could argue that having a pair of brothers owning the restaurant underscores its commitment to families.

  • Chamber presents $25K check to PVMC

    BRIGHTON — Brighton Chamber of Commerce representatives presented a check for more than $25,000 to the Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation Sept. 8, compliments of the organization’s recent charity golf tournament.
        The chamber’s 27th Annual Open Golf Tournament in partnership with Platte Valley Medical Center, took place July 19 in Westminster. Nearly 200 players, 70 donors, 56 sponsors and 65 volunteers worked this year to raise a total of about $61,000 with nearly half of that going toward the hospital foundation.

  • Pavilions troubles put freeze on ice cream sales

        BRIGHTON — Summer should be a hot time for the ice cream business.

        So Carol Gardner, who co-owns Cold Stone Creamery in the Brighton Pavilions with husband Joe, was concerned when the store’s sales numbers this summer were as chilly as their ice cream freezer.

        Then Carol started getting messages on her Facebook page that asked if the store was still open and phone calls to the same effect.

  • Vestas opens, hiring resumes

    Business remains solidly on track for Vestas Wind Systems.

    The company announced July 13 the opening of its Brighton Nacelles Plant and the hiring of hundreds of new jobs. Vestas, which currently employs more than 1,000 people across Colorado, said it would hire an additional 850 persons, mostly production staff, with 750 of those hires at the Brighton blade facility and another 100 at the Windsor blade plant.

  • Vestas hiring information

    • Vestas’ average wage ranges from $17 to $25 hourly, according to company officials. In addition to competitive wages, Vestas provides four weeks of vacation annually, and pays 100 percent of employee’s medical/dental/vision premiums.

    • Vestas Blades in Windsor employs 650 people and is looking for an additional 100 production and electro-mechanical workers.

  • The Barbie-Q Girl

    Kim Wagner steps back from her large smoker set up outside of Floodstage Ale Works on South Main Street in Brighton.

        “Well, it’s about 100 degrees outside today and the smoker is at about 250 degrees, so I don’t even want to think about how hot that makes it next to the smoker,” she said, taking a gulp of water from the nearly empty bottle in her hand.

  • Commerce City announces plant on heels of new economic plan

    COMMERCE CITY -- Cummins Rocky Mountain plans to build a new remanufacturing plant in the northern area of Commerce City.

        The new facility will be built near 104th Avenue and Havana Street and called the “Cummins Rocky Mountain Master Rebuild Center.” It will remanufacture and distribute a complete line of Cummins High Horsepower diesel engines. Construction is anticipated to begin this month. The plant will eventually employ about 70 workers.

  • Commerce City looks to spur economic growth

    COMMERCE CITY -- City leaders are looking to spur economic development with newly-announced business incentives.

        Members of the city’s business advancement taskforce presented a number of short-term and longer-term recommendations to city council May 17, designed to push business and development growth in 2010 and beyond. The city council formally approved the recommendations as part of its recently adopted Economic development strategic plan.

  • Business briefs

    Hail damage sized up

        GREENWOOD VILLAGE – The Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association put a cost figure to the May 26 hailstorm in Commerce City.

        The price tag is $70 million, resulting from almost 13,600 auto and homeowners claims. Baseball-sized hail and high winds blew through Commerce City, Brighton and other parts of the northeast metropolitan area.

        Carole Walker, the association’s executive director, said the figure was preliminary.