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CS Wind keeps Pueblo at the forefront of renewable energy
Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 was an important day at the largest wind tower facility in the United States. It was was the official Hand Over Ceremony from Vestas, NA to CS Wind.
CS Wind is the largest wind tower manufacturer in the world and now owns the tower production facility in Pueblo, Colorado.
Thank you, CS Wind for keeping Pueblo at the forefront of renewable energy.
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PEDCO Celebrates 40th Anniversary

On Saturday, July 24th, 2021,   PEDCO membership, past chairs and staff gathered at the Pueblo Convention Center to celebrate 40 years of PEDCO’s success.   This date marked exactly 40 years since PEDCO held their first meeting of the Board of Directors.   The group enjoyed a lovely meal and presentations from Jeff Shaw, President; Dave Cardinal, First Chairman of the Board and Ashley Valdez, Current Chairwoman of the Board.   The evening Culminated with the PEDCO Powers Pueblo – Celebrating 40 Years Video.

PEDCO wishes to extend gratitude for the continuing support of our membership, the citizens of Pueblo, city and county workers and elected officials for their continuous support of the mission to attract, retain and expand primary jobs.

One Pueblo Web site now available.

The One Pueblo team is made up of over 100 individuals from 57 organizations throughout Pueblo County.    The team has been working together since January 2021.  Using a strategic plan as our guide, we are focused on strengthening the ground work that must be in place to ensure that Pueblo can grow and prosper.   We see Pueblo County as a dynamic and forward thinking community of choice within Colorado that offers unparalleled opportunity for economic prosperity to each of its residents.

5 teams have been formed: Vision Alignment, Talent Pipeline, Foundational Community Elements, Target Industry Development and Community Positioning.  Each team has specific goals and tactics that focus on defining and supporting all of the community efforts already in place, finding the gaps that exist and strategizing efforts to strengthen them.

Visit www.OnePuebloCo.com to view the strategic plan as well as each teams goals and progress.

 

 

Celebrating the past, present and future of rail research, testing and development in Pueblo!

PUEBLO – TTCI, the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation, City of Pueblo and Pueblo County announced a local incentive package to assist TTCI in locating to a new facility in Pueblo.   TTCI, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads, was established in 1998 to support the development and deployment of innovative technologies to increase the safety, reliability, and efficiency of the railroad industry. The success of TTCI is a huge credit to its employees. TTCI’s staff consists of over 300 professionals, including mechanical engineers, civil engineers, industrial engineers, electrical engineers, metallurgists, operations staff, hazardous material training experts, and other specialists, with doctorate, master, and bachelor level degrees.

The introduction of an updated engineering and laboratory facility allows for TTCI to continue to fulfill its critical role as a world-renowned expert in rail engineering, research, testing, training, consulting, software, and AAR technical services.

“We’re laying the cornerstone for the next chapter of TTCI and rail innovation right here in Pueblo,” said TTCI President Lisa Stabler. “This new partnership represents our commitment to serving our rail customers, maintaining our employees’ quality of life and contributing to this community long into the future.”

TTCI, the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation, City of Pueblo and Pueblo County made the announcement on April 26, 2021 @ 4:00 PM at The Center for American Values, 101 S. Main St, Pueblo, CO 81003.  Details of the incentive package include:

  • TTCI would move its headquarters to two current facilities at the Pueblo Memorial Industrial Park (350 and 442 Keeler Parkway).
  • TTCI would maintain 195 full time employees at an average pre-benefit wage of $73,333 per year
  • Up to $4,293,180 in rent abatement from the City of Pueblo’s half cent fund for economic development (contingent on approval from the Pueblo City Council).

“PEDCO is honored to help TTCI with this important decision for both TTCI and Pueblo.  We are proud of our rail industry and are confident in the future success of TTCI in Pueblo,” said Jeff Shaw, President and CEO of PEDCO. “TTCI is the global leader in rail research, testing and development.  We have been honored to have TTCI operating in Pueblo and are proud to have secured a new home for TTCI in Pueblo,”  said Jeff Shaw.  “Pueblo has a proud history in the rail industry.  I’m delighted that TTCI continues its journey to embrace innovation and technology in our community that will undoubtedly set the course for the industry for many years to come. On behalf of PEDCO, thank you for your continued trust and partnership.” said Ashley Valdez, Chairwomen of the Board of PEDCO.

About PEDCO:  The Pueblo Economic Development Corporation (PEDCO) is a member supported non-profit organization whose mission is to attract, retain and expand primary jobs. PEDCO works with city, county, state and community organizations to coordinate available resources for economic development.

How Pueblo played a part in landing NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars
The Pueblo Chieftain

Pueblo aerospace engineers working for United Launch Alliance breathed a collective sigh of relief Feb. 18 when the Perseverance rover landed on Mars.

The reason was simple — they had played a part in helping it arrive safely.

United Launch Alliance operates a propulsion shop and test facility, as well as a fabrication site, at the Pueblo Memorial Airport Industrial area.

John Hochevar, a Pueblo native who is an engineer working for United Launch Alliance, said watching the Perseverance landing was, “a little nerve wracking because it’s worth a lot of money and it’s a big deal too.”

The successful landing Feb. 18 left him feeling “overall relieved, but we have a 100% success rate on our vehicles, so we’ve never failed yet.”

 

United Launch Alliance constructs rockets in Decatur, Alabama, and Harlingen, Texas, where the Atlas V vehicle that launched Perseverance in 2020 was built.

The Pueblo-based staff, which numbers 40 workers, did some testing to make sure the Atlas V was ready to go, according to Scott Messer, program manager for United Launch Alliance’s NASA Launch Services.

“The most important (thing) to the Mars mission is the ‘prop shop’ testing lab for the Atlas program,” Messer said.

“If we run into an issue with a part of some kind and we need to do some extra testing to make sure we are comfortable with flying the part then Pueblo can do some additional testing for us to make sure everything is good.”

In the case of the Atlas V’s responsibility for getting Perseverance to Mars, Pueblo engineers tested a busing connection.

“The busing connection has a lot of wires running into it and then it spreads those wires out to different points on the vehicle. At one point we had some concerns about the busing connectors we purchased from a supplier and so we asked the prop shop to do some testing at various thermal environments and different levels of vibration,” Messer said.

United Lauch Alliance workes in Pueblo helped create the Atlas V rocket that launched the Mars Perseverance rover vehicle which landed on the red planet last week.

“We had to make sure that when they launched the Mars mission everything was going to be good and was successful —l and it was,” Messer explained.

The company launches, “a lot of really cool space craft for our customers, but without a doubt the Mars missions are the highest profile things that happen. Our vehicles have launched every Mars mission for NASA and nobody else has ever launched a mission,” he said.

Launching rockets to Mars since the 1960s

United Launch Alliance and its heritage vehicles started its Mars launching missions in the 1960s. NASA’s Mars 2020 mission with Perseverance was the company’s 20th to the red planet.

“We’ve been through this landing thing several times, but it is always super exciting and just a thrill to be a part of the program. I got notes from the Mars program manager in the days leading up to it detailing how grateful they were that we put them on a good path to get there.

The Perseverance rover lands on Mars Feb. 18, 2021, thanks in part to Pueblo engineers with United Launch Alliance who helped make the Atlas V vehicle that launched it.

“I suspect everyone in the company had their computers turned on and watching as the spacecraft went in through the 7 minutes of terror (the final descent through Mars’ atmosphere) and everything worked out good,” Messer said.

Pueblo staff also work on Delta IV rockets. Those rockets have proven heavy-lift capability for delivering high-priority U.S. Air Force, the National Reconnaissance Office and NASA payloads to orbit.

That entails final work on “very large 5-meter fairings, some of the largest fairings we have, that are launched on Delta IV vehicle and there’s some work done in one of our facilities in Pueblo, where we get the fairings ready to go for our Delta IV,” Messer said.

Vulcan Centaur launches later this year

Up next is the final development of a Vulcan Centaur vehicle that will replace the Atlas V and Delta IV.

“It will go from two different product lines to a single product line. Right now we are on track to be ready to launch it for the first time in the fourth quarter this year,” Messer said.

Pueblo staff also are working on the Vulcan Centaur. Historically Pueblo workers once built the Delta II which launched many of the early Mars missions starting in November, 1996.

Since then, the production facility moved from Pueblo to Decatur in about 2000, Messer said.

“Being able to do something in the aerospace industry — specifically launch rockets is pretty cool to do in your hometown,” Hochevar said.

For more about the company’s history check out ULAlaunch.com.

Chieftain reporter Tracy Harmon covers business and Fremont County news. She can be reached by email at tharmon@chieftain.com or via Twitter at twitter.com/tracywumps.

One Pueblo Press Release

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release  –  Monday, January 25, 2021 – 11:00 MST

WHO WE ARE – The Pueblo Business Economic Recovery Team (“BERT”) is comprised of the following organizations: The Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, The Latino Chamber of Commerce, Pueblo West Chamber of Commerce, Greenhorn Valley Chamber of Commerce, City of Pueblo, Pueblo County, Pueblo West Metropolitan District, Pueblo Economic Development Corp (PEDCO) Pueblo Urban Renewal Authority, Southern Colorado Small Business Development Center, Pueblo Workforce Center, Southern Colorado Community Lending, Pueblo Downtown Association, Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, Pueblo Community College, Colorado State University – Pueblo, Pueblo City School District 60, Pueblo County School District 70, Black Hills Energy, Xcel Energy, Pueblo Plex.

WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING – BERT spent the last 6 month of 2020 working on a plan that would not only help Pueblo recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, but would take Pueblo to an even higher level of economic prosperity had the COVID-19 pandemic not happened. We call this the “One Pueblo” plan.

VISION FOR PUEBLO – “Pueblo County is a dynamic and forward-thinking community of choice within Colorado that offers unparalleled opportunity for economic prosperity to each of its residents.”

GOALS/TEAMS (Last page defines the proposed

Vision Alignment- Continue to facilitate alignment among stakeholders and partners to achieve the One Pueblo shared vision of growth and prosperity.

Talent Pipeline Optimization – Align and optimize regional workforce programming and skill output with targeted industry needs and jobs of the future

Foundational Community Elements – Support the development of community elements and infrastructure that help to empower residents to achieve economic opportunity and achievement.

Targeted Industry Development – Help existing businesses grow and attract new industries, particularly those that are innovative and emerging.

Community Positioning – Position the Pueblo region as an innovative, forward thinking place of choice for both business and talent

 

3 Pillars of focus to accomplish the 5 goals

PILLAR #1: ALIGNMENT/REGIONALISM

Area of Focus: Roles and Responsibilities

• Strategy 1: Share and confirm the developed vision and goals with community members and stakeholders and update them regularly on the progress of the strategic plan.

• Strategy 2: Determine roles of each partner organization in implementation of the economic development strategic plan.

• Strategy 3: Ensure that policies promote and facilitate activities that achieves the shared regional vision for economic sustainability, growth and development.

• Strategy 4: Establish a clear communication protocol for prospects and businesses.

 

Area of Focus: Partnership Building

• Strategy 1: Strengthen relationships with existing industry base and build relationships with its major suppliers.

• Strategy 2: Maintain and deepen existing partnerships to enhance and cultivate further collaboration.

 

PILLAR #2: READINESS

Area of Focus: Product Readiness

• Strategy 1: Maintain an inventory of all sites and buildings available, working with relevant stakeholders to ensure information is up-to-date.

• Strategy 2: Prioritize sites and buildings based on priority projects and best business case.

• Strategy 3: Understand and develop the product pipeline.

• Strategy 4: Identify and develop key assets needed for targeted industries.

 

Area of Focus: Talent Readiness

• Strategy 1: Facilitate coordination between the supply and demand sides of talent and determine how to address gaps.

• Strategy 2: Educate students, parents and guidance counselors on the opportunities

available at companies in Pueblo County.

Area of Focus: Community Readiness

• Strategy 1: Support and facilitate placemaking efforts within the communities of Pueblo County.

• Strategy 2: Determine the feasibility of developing new quality of life amenities within Pueblo County.

· Strategy 3: Work with communities and other partners to identify and define current housing stock, as well as determine future housing needs

 

Area of Focus: Innovation Readiness

• Strategy 1: Identify and define current resources available for start-ups and address any gaps.

• Strategy 2: Cultivate the innovation economy within Pueblo County.

 

PILLAR #3: MARKETING/DIFFERENTIATION

Area of Focus: Advocacy

· Strategy 1: Promote a unified message that communicates the positive economic and community development news in the region.

· Strategy 2: Advocate at a state and national level for the interests of Pueblo County.

 

Area of Focus: Marketing and Messaging

• Strategy 1: Review all existing marketing tools, including website and print and digital marketing collaterals, and, as needed, revise them to ensure messaging and positioning resonates with Pueblo County’s target audiences.

• Strategy 2: Research, plan and execute relationship marketing strategies with decision makers.

• Strategy 3: Identify companies for recruitment within the recommended target industries.

 

HOW WILL WE MEASURE SUCCESS – One Pueblo – Economic Development Dashboard

Internal Metrics

Sites identified and prioritized for development

Business retention and expansion interviews/surveys completed

Number of leads from existing businesses

Number of expansion/growth projects worked on with existing businesses

Number of leads from new businesses

Number/percent of leads turned to prospects

Number/percent of prospects turned to projects

Number of site location projects completed

Capital investment

Jobs created and/or retained

External Metrics

Population growth

Jobs growth

Total Working Age Population

Percent of population in labor force

Unemployment rate

Median Household Wages

Wage distribution

Educational attainment

Poverty level

Industry diversity

Growth in targeted industries

indieDwell Colorado Begins Production on July 6

Pueblo, CO

indieDwell, a manufacturer of modular affordable housing begins production at its factory in Pueblo, CO on July 6. This is the company’s second U.S. location. Announced in October 2019, the company completed improvements at its downtown location, on N. Elizabeth Street, at the end of June. Initial staffing levels will be around 100 employees by year-end and growing to nearly 200 as the company adds production lines in early 2021.

Ron Francis, the factory’s General Manager, said “We’re thrilled to be officially starting operations in Pueblo. At maximum capacity we will produce approximately 300,000 square feet of affordable housing annually for the local and regional market while creating well paying jobs, learning a trade and having some fun.” 

Initial projects emerging from the Pueblo factory include a sober living facility for the Southeast Health Group and a project for NeighborWorks Southern Colorado. indieDwell builds partnerships with foundations, non-profits, housing authorities and like minded developers to bring healthy, durable, sustainable, and energy efficient housing to local markets. In Colorado, partnerships with the Colorado Health Foundation, the Colorado Trust, the City of Pueblo, Pueblo Economic Development Corporation, Gary Community Investments, and The Colorado Governor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade, helped bring indieDwell to Pueblo.

With limits on public gatherings, the company plans to host a public welcoming and open house this Fall or such time as local health officials determine it will be safe to do so. 

 

About indieDwell

indieDwell, a certified B Corporation, manufacturers healthy, durable, energy efficient and sustainable modular houses, with a mission to help solve the affordable housing crisis, while improving the health of the environment and empowering communities. The company operates factories in Idaho and Colorado. Learn more at www.indiedwell.com

 

Date: Wednesday July 1, 2020

Colorado Contact: Ron Francis, General Manager indieDwell Colorado

rfrancis@indiedwell.com | 719-248-3735

Idaho Contact: Chris Blanchard, Sales and Marketing Manager, indieDwell Holdings

cblanchard@indiedwell.com | 208-392-8726

Jobs Announcement

New Jobs in Pueblo!

CR Minerals announces new manufacturing facility on Pueblo

PUEBLO – CR Minerals is a leading worldwide producer of high quality pumice products, based in New Mexico.  They have a range of applications including an additive in cement for stone veneer, concrete block, landscape rock and other uses in the construction industry. This new product mixes pumice with fly ash (currently from the Comanche Power plant) which makes cement last longer in the ready mix process.  They built a new $15 million facility here Pueblo, Colorado in 2017 as part of their Phase 1 development and currently have 17 full time employees. The CR Minerals facility is located at the St. Charles Industrial Park.

CR Minerals is proud to announce today an expansion of their current facility here in Pueblo. Details of the project include:

  • Approximately $11.0 million in capital investment
  • 8 new full-time jobs to be in place by May 26, 2023.
  • $160,000 from the City of Pueblo’s half cent fund for economic development (contingent on approval from the Pueblo City Council)

“CR Minerals Company, LLC is very excited about expanding it’s facility here in Pueblo.  The city and our experience so far represents a confluence of characteristics that we feel is instrumental to the success of our business,” said Ed Dvorak, Vice President of CR Minerals Co. We were extremely pleased that the City of Pueblo stepped up to assist us with this expansion as we considered other states for this investment. Ed continues by saying, “For instance, PEDCO and the City once again has been very easy to work with especially in the planning and development stage for our expansion.   The benefits that stem from the city’s 1/2 cent sales tax has additionally created an economically stimulating environment in which incentives have been provided to keep our business expanding and create an additional base for future growth.  And last, but certainly not least, is the people of Pueblo where we will be able to draw from a strong employment base and gain employees that will help us not only succeed but thrive and grow.” In summary, Dvorak says, “In short, the expansion of our current facility and location for CR Minerals represents an extremely important step for the growth of our company and we couldn’t envision it being situated in a better location than the City of Pueblo.”

“Pueblo is thrilled to be selected as the location for CR Mineral’s continued expansion.” said Jeff Shaw, President and CEO of PEDCO. “This is yet another example of how PEDCO and our partners collaborate to bring great jobs and economic opportunity to the community.  The investment from the City of Pueblo’s half cent sales tax fund and Pueblo amazing workforce and infrastructure were essential components in securing this project.”

About PEDCO:

The Pueblo Economic Development Corporation (PEDCO) is a member supported non-profit organization whose mission is to attract, retain and expand primary jobs. PEDCO works with city, county, state and community organizations to coordinate available resources for economic development.

COVID-19 Relief Options

Re-opening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting spaces

 

Federal Guidelines

CDC  Guidance

 

State of Colorado Guidelines

Right now, we are in Level 2: Safer at Home. Coloradans are no longer ordered to stay home, but are strongly advised to stay at home. Critical businesses are open and non-critical businesses are operating with restrictions.

State of Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Safer at Home Guidance

Public Health Guidance and Resources

Office Based Spaces

Personal Services

Retail

 

Financial Resources

Over the last month of the COVID-19 Crisis, Federal, State and Local agencies have come together to offer relief options to businesses affected.

A list of these Financial resources is below.

 

Federal

SBA Funding Options

Payroll Protection Program Guide and Checklist

 

State of Colorado

Colorado SBDC – Small Business Response Resources

Colorado Small businesses – Alternative Funding sources Beyond Federal and State Programs

Energize Colorado Resources

 

Pueblo County

Pueblo County Business Loan Fund Emergency Policy Addition

 

City of Pueblo

1/2 Cent Sales Tax fund available for COVID-19 Relief

 

A Pueblo company is creating solutions for COVID-19 Protective Mask shortage

ActivArmor to Begin Producing Custom-fit, Low-Cost Reusable Respirator Masks with Bacterial Filtration Test Score Greater than 98.9%

Pueblo , CO – March 2 7 , 20 20 – Biomedical startup, ActivArmorTM, and the University of Maryland’s Robert Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices have joined forces to bring affordable custom-fitted, reusable respirators to healthcare workers using patent-pending filters made with 98.9% bacterial filtration material for Covid-19 Pandemic Healthcare Professionals.

ActivArmor Respirators: • Seal out airborne particulates – Tested and have passed FDA utilized permeability tests • Utilize patent-pending filter system, with material that achieves greater than 98.9% Bacterial Filtration Test (BFT) score. (Higher than P-95 filter systems on the market!) • Are transparent and designed for visibility of the healthcare worker’s lips while speaking, to ensure full patient/provider communication when voice may be muffled inside the mask. • Custom molded to the face for a perfect seal to lock out contaminants • Comfortable – custom formed to each individual’s face instead of traditional masks that seal by pressure on the mask, causing pressure bruising on healthcare workers • Lightweight – Only 0.5 mm thick to maximize visibility and reduce headaches/neck strain on healthcare workers • Low-profile – custom designed to face shape to eliminate interference in care by bulky, awkward masks • Remoldable – easily adjusted and re-molded as needed for seal or comfort • Reusable – durable and washable for safe re-use with long-lasting, replaceable filters • Affordable – starting at just $25

With the current shortage for hygienic, custom-fit, reusable N95 masks, ActivArmor is stepping up to fill the need and keep our front-line healthcare workers safe and protected. ActivArmor’s respirator designs have been tested and passed permeability tests used by the FDA, ensuring custom seal around the mask and the highest rated bacterial filters to address exposure risk experienced with many masks currently in use. The masks are hygienic, washable and re-usable with low-cost replaceable filters. ActivArmor has the capacity to manufacture thousands of respirators each day. Custom and standard designs are available to be pre-ordered on their website as of late Friday, March 27, with production starting the week of April 6. The design options are: • Custom-designed masks, fitted to each individual’s facial scan, using an iPad attachment. ($140 one-time custom mold design + $25 per respirator mask) • Standard designed, custom fitted masks come in Small, Medium, and Large, that can be thermoformed to the face. ($25 per respirator mask) Additional filters can be purchased for $5 each ($10 per pair)

ActivArmor is a Colorado-based company that provides a hygienic, waterproof alternative to traditional casting and splinting through 3D printing. Their casting solutions are used by hospitals and orthopedic clinics across the country, allowing those with injuries requiring immobilization to continue to swim, bathe, shower and wash their hands while healing. Providers replace casting inventory and labor with a 30-second scan – and a custom-designed and fabricated device is delivered in 3-4 business days, eliminating the need for all future casting/splinting for the patient throughout their healing phases. ActivArmor casts can be locked-on or removable, thick or thin, custom coverage areas, and adaptable for use with advanced healing technologies like ultrasound bone stimulators. Patients advertise for the providing clinic with free logos on every device. ActivArmor devices are covered by insurance including Medicaid and Medicare (call specific clinics for coverage details). ActivArmor orthoses are being prescribed by medical providers for treatment of acute injuries like breaks and sprains, and for chronic conditions like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in clinics across the country. Contact: Diana Hall Diana.Hall@ActivArmor.com www.ActivArmor.com 317 N. Main St., 2NE, Pueblo, CO 81003 (800) 583-6690

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