Commerce City Recognizes Seven Local Businesses
AWARDS RECOGNIZE CAPITAL INVESTMENT, GROWTH
Commerce City honored seven local businesses that achieved great success last year at the tenth annual Commerce City Business Appreciation Awards event. Businesses were recognized for their positive contributions to the city such as leadership, growth, capital investment and entrepreneurial spirit.
“This annual event is the city’s opportunity to thank our businesses for the important role they play in the success of the community,” said Mayor Sean Ford. “After all, a Quality Community for a Lifetime often begins with a good job.”
City Council members and emcee Michael Spencer, of CBS 4, presented awards in the following categories:
- Businesses On the Move:
- BASF Corporation
- George T. Sanders Company
- McLane Foodservice
- Entrepreneurial Spirit Award: Gallery On the Go
- Economic Development Award for Leadership: First Transit
- Business of the Year Award: L.G. Everist
Held at the Yellow Rose Event Center, the breakfast featured a keynote from University of Colorado, Denver Associate Professor and Director of CU Denver Transportation Research Center, Dr. Wesley Marshall, who envisioned the future of transportation in his keynote speech.
An awards selection committee, comprised of community business representatives, chose the winners from the nominations received. Detailed information on the award winners is below.
There are more than 1,400 companies in Commerce City with a labor force of 27,771 which continues to grow.
The Business on the Move award recipients brought new capital investment, high levels of sales growth or new employment to Commerce City.
- BASF Corporation creates chemistry for a sustainable future in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. The company’s Commerce City operations have nearly 150 employees; 30 new positions were added in 2017.
- The George T. Sanders Company is Colorado’s largest independent distributor of plumbing and heating supplies and is now part of the Commerce City community. In 2017, the George T. Sanders Company expanded its Colorado operations by building a new, 76,000 square-foot distribution facility in Commerce City. The new location brought 25 jobs to the City.
- McLane Foodservice is a global wholesale distributer of 35,000 products to over 50,000 businesses in the grocery, foodservice, convenience, mass merchandise, quick service restaurant, and drug store industries. McLane chose Commerce City as the new home for their regional operations. In 2017, the company completed a 216,000 square-foot facility along Tower Road. With future room to grow, the company will provide an estimated 235 new jobs to Commerce City.
- SUTRAK is a manufacturer of HVAC systems for transit vehicles that include bus, light rail, and automated people movers. Sutrak has been in Commerce City since 1985. The company expanded in 2004, and completed another major expansion in 2017 with two new warehouse buildings. The 20,500- and 24,500-square-foot buildings store component parts used in the assembly process as well as finished products prior to shipping. The expansion added seven employees to the company’s existing 70.
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.
- GALLERY ON THE GO is a mobile painting party planning company founded by Maria Borrego out of her home in 2011. The company is quickly expanding and today has over 160 Independent Gallery Guides in 30 states, serving over 35,000 painters in 2017.
The Economic Development 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.
- FIRST TRANSIT is a transportation company. The company’s Commerce City facilities center around operating and maintaining a fleet of 116 RTD vehicles for bus service throughout the metro Denver area. In fact, the company’s 260 employees drive approximately 5 million bus miles annually serving 6.2 million passengers throughout the Denver Metropolitan area. First Transit invests heavily in quality training for their employees. The company’s Commerce City maintenance shop holds an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Blue Seal Certification. To earn this certification, both drivers and technicians must initially complete a rigorous training program and then complete additional training annually. To assist with the training requirements, the company created First Transit University, a comprehensive suite of on-line courses.
The Business of the Year Award recognizes a Commerce City company that has shown a history of sustained leadership within its industry and community.
- L.G. EVERIST is a family-owned business providing construction aggregates, transload/bulk services, and rail services for a wide variety of materials. The company recently celebrated its 140th year in business. LG Everist located in Commerce City in 1992. The company’s new location was ideal to ship aggregates for the construction of Denver International Airport. Since then, both the company’s operations and the materials handled on site have expanded. In late 2016, the company completed a $1.2 million expansion of its facility. With the capacity to accommodate 250 rail cars on site, the company is now positioned to meet future bulk transload needs for the Denver Metropolitan area.
L.G Everist accepts the Business of the Year Award, presented by City Council, during the Commerce City Business Appreciation Awards Breakfast on March 1.