Grand Junction-The Grand Junction Economic Partnership introduced a new company to the Grand Valley Tuesday that may be a perfect fit for the area's booming construction industry. Universal Glass Block Windows is temporarily leasing a space on South Ninth Street, pending its' final move from Bend, Oregon, to Grand Junction.
Eventually, the company plans to build a new factory in the Northcrest Industrial Subdivision near Walker Field Airport and fill at least one dozen high–paying positions.
Glass block walls and windows are popular in bathrooms and dividers. Traditional glass block structures are built on–site,
but the company's framed glass block structures install much like a standard window.
Members of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership made a trip to Oregon to see the factory. That may have made the difference in choosng the Grand Valley as the company's new location.
The company's owner says Grand Junction's central location also made a difference in choosing a location as it tried to move into new markets.
The city council approved a $40,000 cash incentive to lure the company to Grand Junction. In return, the company must meet stated employment levels and pay scales within six years, or forfeit part or all of the incentive funds.
The company expects to complete its' move to the Grand Valley in about two years.
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