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Big Fish Payroll Services now has offices in Broomfield

Posted on: Jun 26 17

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from BizWest – written by Doug Storum – June 5, 2017

BROOMFIELD — Big Fish Payroll Services, a California-based boutique human-resources service, has opened offices in Broomfield and Denver to serve companies in the Boulder Valley, Northern Colorado and Denver.

Big Fish, founded by chief executive Justin Dignam, provides payroll, time and attendance, benefits administration and digital new-hire orientation services.

Big Fish operations in Colorado will be managed by longtime Colorado businessman Darren Knauss, who lives in Broomfield. Knauss will stage operations from his home office and from 8354 Northfield Blvd., Suite 3700, in Denver.

The company has operated for 13 years in Southern California. Dignam said he chose Colorado for expansion because both his children are or were students at the University of Colorado Boulder.

“Visiting Boulder for the four years my daughter studied at CU, and now with my son also attending, it is so evident all the good things Colorado has to offer them as people,” Dignam said. “Additionally, the business climate includes a well-educated and forward-thinking workforce, which is the exact audience who can appreciate what we have to offer.”

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Danone buys Broomfield White Wave

Posted on: May 31 17

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French multinational dairy company Danone has completed its $10 billion buy of Broomfield-based WhiteWave. Shareholders of WhiteWave received $56.25 per share of the company.

The combined company will operate under the name DanoneWave in North America and will retain two headquarters, in Broomfield and in White Plains, N.Y. Lorna Davis will serve as CEO of the new entity.

The last major hurdle for completion of the deal came in late March when the Department of Justice gave its seal of approval, pending the sale of Danone’s U.S. organic dairy subsidiary Stonyfield. Organic industry group Cornucopia Institute was attempting to block the deal, arguing Danone would control too much the organic milk industry in the United States.

WhiteWave shareholders approved the acquisition, for $10.4 billion plus $2.1 billion in liabilities, in October.

“The histories of Danone and WhiteWave share common traits as purpose-driven, health-focused category leaders, which make for a perfect match,” said Blaine McPeak, COO of DanoneWave. “Bringing together our powerful brand portfolios enables us to better service consumers’ diverse preferences in high growth and evolving categories.”

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Business expansion in Broomfield

Posted on: Apr 14 17

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By Bo Martinez/BizWest

Heading into 2017, Broomfield is experiencing robust growth, development and investment, with unsurpassed low unemployment, declining vacancy rates, wage growth and influx of new and expanding businesses. Judging by the number of announcements and construction activity over the past 12 to 24 months, you could have already guessed that.

Broomfield continues to see a strong response from developers and businesses looking to expand and invest in the community. In 2016, more than $866 million of commercial and residential investment was planned or under construction. This included 16-plus projects with more than 2,300 projected jobs and 1.7 million square feet of net and new absorption that will come to the market in the next 18 to 24 months. Over the past two years, 28 companies have relocated or expanded in Broomfield. The office vacancy rate is 8.9 percent, industrial vacancy rate is 2.5 percent, retail vacancy rate is 11.5 percent, and the unemployment rate is 2.7 percent.

Here are some 2016 development highlights:

• The Partners Group, a Switzerland based-global private-markets investment manager, is planning to build their Americas operations headquarters.

• Viega, a German-owned pipe manufacturer, announced that they will be relocating and building their U.S. headquarters and training center.

• SCL Health continued to expand and grow its system-services headquarters by adding new jobs and associates to Broomfield. They currently have more than 1,200 associates.

• Arista, the premier bus-rapid-transit-oriented development along the 36 Creative Corridor, welcomed a new 80,000-square-foot UCHealth Broomfield Hospital; a 91,000-square-foot Class A mixed-use office building, with SpotX signing on as the lead anchor; and several new multi-family developments, retail and restaurant concepts, including Kevin Taylor restaurant group’s “Hickory & Ash.”

• JP Morgan Chase announced plans to build a state-of-the-art operations center at North Park.

• Etkin Johnson broke ground on Atria, a 173,380-square-foot, cutting-edge Class A office development.

• Ikea announced plans to build its second store at the northwest corner of Colorado Highway 7 and Interstate 25. The addition of a second store would make Colorado one of only eight states with more than one store.

“2016 set a new high-water mark for investment and development in Broomfield. Our economy is strong proving Broomfield is a great place to live, work, start and grow a business.” said Broomfield mayor Randy Ahrens.

Retail + hospitality

In 2016, Broomfield welcomed Jax Mercantile, Modern Market, Blaze Pizza and Ikea, to name a few. Flatiron Crossing super-regional mall added two new restaurants and one entertainment concept: Tokyo Joe’s, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar and Puzzah next to the newly refashioned main entrance. Hotels along the 36 Creative Corridor recorded an occupancy rate of 75 percent in 2016. Several new hotels are planned and under construction that will add approximately 789 rooms when complete.

Small business + entrepreneurship

Broomfield and its partners continue to offer various programs and assistance to small businesses and entrepreneurs, including; one-on-one business advising services, Enhance Broomfield, a building-improvement program, the New Energy Improvement District and Enterprise Zone programs support.

Why Broomfield

Broomfield is a world-class “surban” city that boasts tremendous assets, premier location and access to major transportation corridors. With a highly educated workforce, leading-edge major companies and the opportunity to sustain and grow the next generation employment centers in the metro north region. Consider this:

• Broomfield was Named #1 Place To Live (24/7 Wall Street USA Today).

• Broomfield Among Best Places for STEM Graduates and Among the Best Cities in Colorado for Millennial Job Seekers (NerdWallet).

• Broomfield was recognized as one of the top 50 best places to live in America by Money Magazine (#25).

• Broomfield has seen a surge in multifamily development with more than 6,500 units that are planned, under construction or recently completed along the 36 Creative Corridor.

Did you know: Broomfield and its partners have plans to develop more than 30 million square feet of commercial mixed-use development along the north I-25 and Colorado Highway 7 corridor!

Looking forward to 2017 and beyond, Broomfield will continue to focus on business-development, redevelopment and repositioning key assets throughout the community that drive growth, investments and jobs. For more information, visit InvestBroomfield.com.

Flatiron Marketplace to be renewed

Posted on: Apr 5 17

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By Jennifer Rios / Staff Writer / Daily Camera 03/22/2017

The mostly-vacant Flatiron Marketplace is set to be demolished, with new residential and retail constructed in its place. (File Photo)
Owners who have long seen a portion of Flatiron Marketplace sit empty are planning to demolish buildings and redevelop the space.

Provident Realty Advisor, Inc. is proposing the redevelopment for the east portion of the marketplace, which includes 20 acres on the southwest corner of U.S. 36 and East Flatiron Crossing Drive. Buildings along East Flatiron Crossing Drive, including a Starbucks, Twin Peaks restaurant, a dental office and Fidelity Investments, will remain where they are.

The project was one of five concept reviews Broomfield City Council listened to Tuesday evening. Flatiron Marketplace 2013, LP owns the property, which will be managed by a third-party.

Bonnie Niziolek, of Norris Design, said the owners hope to revitalize this area and compliment the nearby RTD hub. Ideally, it would blend dense urban residential with an active pedestrian space.

They expect to add about 12,000 square feet of commercial space and build up to 1,200 apartments so that residents can help support those businesses.

Phase one would include adding 324 residential units and about 4,000 square feet of commercial space.

An existing parking structure would serve both businesses and apartments. Developers of the three-phase project would make plans on future expansions based on how the first phase works.

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Plans include a dog park on the south side of the parking structure, three internal courtyards, a pool, outdoor kitchen, sports courts, and an area to host farmers markets and community events, she said.

Buildings/parking structures are anticipated to be four to seven stories.

The U.S. 36 bikeway also would be incorporated into the space.

“We are continuing to move forward with the first phase of design and greatly appreciate any comments you may have,” Niziolek told council.

Council and members of Broomfield’s Planning and Zoning Commission were generally supportive of the plans.

“It’s a good development project,” commissioner Chuck Hastings said.

His concern was primarily parking — especially considering the area was intended to draw people with concerts and street fairs. If they intend it to be a cultural area, the owners need to have adequate parking.

Commissioner Tom Silvers also brought up the logistics of demolition — questioning whether construction be done immediately after or would rubble sit around for months.

The company plans to demolish the buildings this summer.

It will be a complex project, and Silvers said the commission likely will review plenty of variances, but Silvers said he was glad they selected Broomfield for the project.

Commissioner Susan Barkman said she’s been waiting to see what would happen to that space, and since stores have sat vacant for as long as they have, she’s glad there are plans to remodel the area.

Barkman said the project reminded her about the Civic Center brainstorming plans she was a part of, and she can see aspects of this plan in their discussions.

“I’m surprised and happy to see that,” she said. “It’s a unique opportunity to create something that’s really amazing and we don’t really have in Broomfield.”

Several council members asked about the possibility of adding some affordable housing options or condos. Other suggestions and questions revolved around parking and the placement of the bike path.

“I love, love, love the forward-thinking proposal of the dog park,” Councilwoman Bette Erickson said. “Thank you for that.”

She also asked about assigned parking for apartment units and asked the companies to be mindful of schools in the area if they were targeting families.

Councilman Kevin Kreeger was also impressed with the concept and felt that this type of development could help the mall itself.

Access points to the area will remain the same — the main one from Flatiron Crossing Drive and Flatiron Marketplace Drive. The third is the connection to the entrance to the Auto Owners Insurance Co. building east of the development.

The next step is for the applicant to file a formal development application for a PUD amendment, final plat, site development plan amendment and subdivision improvement agreement for the first phase.

The greater Flatiron Crossing shopping district, which includes the Marketplace, has been a major source of sales tax revenue for Broomfield.

Colorado Solar – good job prospects

Posted on: Mar 29 17

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Jensen Werley/BizWest — March 28, 2017
WASHINGTON D.C. — Colorado is one of the top 10 states for jobs related to the solar industry, according to a new report by The Solar Foundation.

The Washington D.C.-based group released its Solar Jobs Census 2016, which found that employment in solar nationwide increased 25 percent from 2015 to 2016, with 260,077 solar workers across the country.

Colorado contributes just over 6,000 of the workers, making it the 10th-largest solar employing state in the United States.. California has the lion’s share, with 100,050 solar workers. Massachusetts and Texas round out the top three.

But within Colorado, Boulder County has some of the most solar-related jobs, with 1,144 in the county. Denver has slightly more, with 1,491 solar workers. There are 167 solar jobs in Larimer County, 109 in Weld County and 31 in Broomfield County.

Of Colorado’s 6,004 solar jobs, nearly 3,000 of them are installation jobs. About 1,120 jobs are project development. Manufacturing counts for 748 jobs and sales or distribution count for 530. There were 322 solar companies in the state in 2016.

More than 1,000 new solar jobs were added in Colorado since 2015 — a 20 percent increase. Sixteen percent of the state’s solar workers are women and 10 percent are veterans.

Level 3 & CenturyLink to merge

Posted on: Mar 20 17

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By Jensen Werley — March 16, 2017
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BROOMFIELD — Shareholders for Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) and CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) overwhelmingly approved all proposals related to the merger of the two companies announced in October and valued at $34 billion.

At a special meeting of CenturyLink’s shareholders today in Monroe, La., about 96 percent of the votes cast supported the decision to issue CenturyLink common stock to Level 3 shareholders.

Level 3’s stockholders also voted at a special meeting today in Broomfield, and nearly 99 percent of the votes cast were in favor of approving the merger agreement.

“The combination of CenturyLink and Level 3 will significantly improve our global network capabilities, creating a company with one of the most robust fiber networks in the world,” said Glen F. Post, III, CEO and president of CenturyLink, in a prepared statement. “This expanded network should allow us to bring substantial operational and service benefits to our enterprise customers, as well as an enhanced customer experience.”

In addition to the shareholder approval, the companies recently received approvals in Georgia and West Virginia and clearances in Connecticut, Indiana and Louisiana. Ohio, Utah and Nevada issued clearances. The two companies expect to receive the remaining state, federal and international approvals in time to complete the merger by the end of September.

The closing of the transaction will give Level 3 stockholders $26.50 per share in cash and 1.4286 shares of CenturyLink stock for each Level 3 share they own. CenturyLink shareholders will own approximately 51 percent and Level 3 shareholders will have 49 percent of the combined company. The combined company will be headquartered in Monroe with a key operational in Colorado and the Denver metro area.

At the time of the announcement, Level 3’s stock was trading at $57.03.

Denver’s Stem Ciders to open $7 Million lafayette facility

Posted on: Jan 30 17

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Stem Ciders breaks ground on Lafayette facility – BizWest

LAFAYETTE — A RiNo cidery has broken ground on a $7 million facility in #Lafayette, planning to open a restaurant, taproom and production operation.

BusinessDen reports that Stem Ciders broke ground on the two-story, 30,000-square-foot facility Jan. 20. The facility is slated to open in the fourth quarter of 2017 and is will be located in the Vista Business Park, just east of downtown Lafayette.

Stem Ciders opened in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood in 2014. That facility will remain open.

Forge Nano could move from Broomfield to Louisville

Posted on: Nov 8 16

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Source: Longmont Times-Call

Broomfield-based Forge Nano, a company that makes nano-coating technology for the manufacture of lithium-ion battery components, could soon find its home in Louisville.

The decision comes amid a $20 million Series A round of funding aimed to help the company ramp up production.

Forge Nano, formerly known as PneumatiCoat Technologies, has been operating out of 7180 17th Ave. in Broomfield.

The coatings help lengthen battery life and provide other benefits related to safety and faster charge times. The company works with large battery manufacturers —including companies such as LG, Samsung, Sony and Panasonic.

To meet customer demand, Forge Nano will immediately use its financing to relocate to a new 12,000-square-foot facility in Louisville and increase manufacturing capacity from the current 30-ton per-year pilot plant to a 300-ton per-year light commercial production plant.

In 2017, Forge Nano is set to start on a 3,000-ton peryear heavy commercial production plant capable of meeting demand volumes and price points for largescale integration into the Liion market, according to the news release, which added that the company’s development also will be accelerated in other markets including catalysts, fuel cells, and many more advanced materials opportunities.

Maryland-based Townsend Capital led Forge Nano’s new funding round.

“We are thrilled to have an investment partner with an established track record share our vision and help us accelerate our development to integrate this technology into commercial products,” Co-Founder Paul Lichty said in the release.

Along with fellow engineers Dave King and James Trevey, Lichty co-founded Forge Nano in 2013. The company’s technology was developed while the three were working on doctoral degrees at the University of Colorado.

Wiens Group to build Broomfield office building for Swisslog Corp.

Posted on: Sep 13 16

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BROOMFIELD — The Wiens Group, developer of Arista in #Broomfield, has submitted conceptual plans for a four-story, 47,000-square-foot office building on 3.2 acres in the mixed-use development.

The Wiens Group plans to construct and then lease the building to Switzerland-based Swisslog Corp., a high-tech firm that would move its 165 employees currently in Denver to Broomfield when the project is completed.

Roger Horton, vice president of manufacturing for Swisslog Healthcare Solutions in Denver, told the Broomfield City Council Tuesday night that there is potential to grow the company’s workforce to 200, pointing out that the Broomfield area has a strong high-tech workforce pool from which to draw.

Swisslog in Denver designs, manufactures and installs pneumatic tube systems for hospitals. The parent company specializes in developing software to run its automated systems for material transport, medication management and supply-chain management in health-care facilities. It also provides automated systems for use in warehouses.

The city council on Tuesday got a look at the plans during a concept review meeting that allows the applicant to receive comments and direction from the city council, public, and boards and commissions in order to identify concerns of the project. In general, the city council was in favor of the project, especially the idea of bringing new high-paying jobs to Broomfield, but concerns over parking, development of a nearby public park and the potential glare of an exterior glazing material that is being proposed came up during the meeting.

Members of the developer’s team said the concerns would be addressed before the Wiens Group submits a formal development application.

Amazon hiring tech workers for Broomfield office

Posted on: Sep 13 16

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Amazon’s recently opened distribution center in Aurora apparently isn’t the only new Colorado presence planned by the online retail giant.

The Denver Business Journal reports that Amazon has three positions posted for software development engineers in #Broomfield, though the company is remaining tight-lipped about its overall hiring plans locally. The paper notes that a recruiting event is slated for Denver on Thursday.

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