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February 2, 2012
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Who's News in the Grand Valley business community: Feb. 3, 2012

• BUSINESS SOLD: Van Gundy's, longtime auto salvage and metal recyclers located at 645 Fourth Ave., has been sold.The business has been acquired by Western Metals Recycling (WMR), wholly owned by The David J. Joseph Company (DJJ), a Cincinnati-based subsidiary of Nucor Corp.The Van Gundy recycling facility offers processing activities which include shearing, baling, sorting ferrous and nonferrous scrap.Founded in 1885, DJJ is one of the largest scrap brokers/processors in the U.S. providing scrap brokerage, recycling and transportation services. Nucor is the leading purchaser of ferrous scrap and the largest recycler in North America. • GOING GREEN: Mesa Developmental Services has contracted Simplicity Solar to install solar panels on 75% of its facilities which include the main office (950 Grand Ave.), 11 group homes and three day-services buildings. Approximately 60% of the power used in these properties will come from solar energy. The panels are conservatively estimated to save MDS approximately $1 million over the next 20 years based on anticipated rate increases and history. Even better is the fact that MDS is not paying a dime for the panels or installation. MDS has secured investors who front the cost for nonprofits and tax-exempt entities.• NEW BOARD MEMBERS: The Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology (CAVE) board of directors elected officers for 2012 at their board meeting Jan. 23. New officers include: - Brooke Webb, Mesa Park Vineyards, Palisade, CAVE President - Neil Jaquet, Ambelos Vineyard, Palisade, CAVE Vice President - Jennifer Christianson, Canyon Wind Cellars, Palisade, who will continue as CAVE Treasurer They join board members: - Guy Drew, Guy Drew Vineyards, Cortez - Tom Bueb, Turquoise Mesa Winery, Westminster - Marilyn Jensen, former Winefest Director, Palisade - Naomi Smith, Grande River Vineyards, Palisade - Bob Stahl, Stahl Vineyards, Fort Lupton - Bruce Talbott, Talbott's Mountain Gold, Palisade • NEW HIRE: Kristi Adams has joined First National Bank of the Rockies as its Cash Management Officer.Adams will service all 10 bank locations focusing primarily on businesses with complex banking needs, including companies or medical offices that utilize accounts payable and receivable programs or need commercial loans.Adams' experience includes commercial banking at two local banks, working as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Commerce and serving as program manager at the Business Incubator Center. Adams and her husband also operate Grand Valley BMX at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. • SOLD: Old West Oil Field Services, a Grand Junction-based provider of oilfield fluid logistics services to the drilling industry, has been acquired by MBI Energy Services, of Belfield, N.D. Transaction terms were not disclosed.Old West, formed in 2005, has operations in Colorado, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming.• RECOGNIZED: Primary Care Partners, 3150 N. 12th St., has been chosen as Patient Centered Medical Home Best Practice of 2012 by the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians.The award is based on the outstanding patient care, quality initiatives and improvements in the practice, a team approach to care management and patient education, and community outreach.• BUSINESS CLASS: The Business Incubator's intensive Leading Edge Program starts Feb. 7 and runs through May 8, each Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. Business owners and entrepreneurs would do well to take the course to its expert training in areas such as cash flow management, marketing, finance, personnel, legal and more. Each participant receives hands-on assistance in preparing a complete business plan. Cost for the 12-week program is $275. Visit or call 970-243-5242.• FACELIFT: Trying to meet customer demands for Big Macs while pulling off a major makeover remodel has been a challenge, but the end is drawing near sometime this month. And the perpetually busy McDonald's on the corner of 12th and North will have an updated look, and a really cool "mini" play area for kids to enjoy.• BEST IN BUSINESS: The annual Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce awards banquet was held Jan. 27 at Two Rivers Convention Center. The best and brightest of local businesses were recognized. Among them:- Small Business of the Year: Impact Promotions and owner Brook Blaney. - Business of the Year: West Star Aviation - VP of sales Rick Brainard accepted the award on behalf of the company.- Citizen(s) of the Year: Jerome and Mary Gonzales. He of JG Management Systems, and she the founder of the Riverside Education Center.- Lifetime Achievement: Denny Granum, for being an overall outstanding, longtime businessman in service of his community. • EXPANDED SERVICE: Spoons Bistro & Bakery, 3090 N. 12th St. #B, is now open for Sunday brunch from 9 a.m.-2 p.m."We have been serving breakfast for a while and wanted a special offering for Sundays. It's perfect for after church or for a fun and delicious start for a Sunday," said Danielle Martin, Hospice's director of marketing. Spoons is owned and operated by Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado; all proceeds from Spoons support the nonprofit Hospice.Popular Sunday-exclusive entrees include Eggs Benedict, Caramel Apple Oatmeal, Turkey Bacon Focaccia Paninis, Biscuits & Gravy Supreme, Smothered Green Chile Burrito; and off the kids brunch menu, Mickey Mouse Pancakes. And the most you'll pay for an entree is $7.99 (plus tax).

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