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Space Symposium: Monster event just keeps growing

Since its humble beginnings in the 1980s as a small trade show in Colorado Springs, the annual Space Symposium has grown to become the world’s largest and most renowned space industry event. Last year’s 30th annual Space Symposium drew more than 9,000 people, up from 250 at its inception, and organizers expect next week’s event… Continue Reading Space Symposium: Monster event just keeps growing

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Budgets fall behind as projects back up

It’s been said Colorado has two seasons: winter and construction. Winter is over, and heavy machinery and hard hats can be seen almost everywhere around Colorado Springs. Despite the volume of active and pending road and bridge projects, the funding needed to merely keep up with regional infrastructure demands is nowhere in sight, experts say.… Continue Reading Budgets fall behind as projects back up

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Spectranetics invests in future

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Spectranetics invests in future

Colorado Springs-based Spectranetics has grown from $100 million in sales four years ago to almost $300 million in 2015. Yet, the company has no problems with the prospect of losing about 25 percent of that amount this year. The firm, with 800 employees globally, manufactures devices that clear occluded veins in the legs and eliminate… Continue Reading Spectranetics invests in future

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Downtown housing: Two projects on track, others on hold

On April 4, 2014, the Business Journal published a story on the state of downtown multi-family housing that touched on local developers who then planned to break ground on projects in the coming year. Exactly 12 months later, only two of those proposed developments are under construction, while a handful more — for one reason… Continue Reading Downtown housing: Two projects on track, others on hold

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Neppl touts manufacturing, involvement

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Neppl touts manufacturing, involvement

Originally from Iowa, Tom Neppl has long been a community leader in Colorado Springs, having recently stepped down as president of the board of the Regional Business Alliance. His company, Springs Fabrication, started as a small welding company with two employees and has grown into a globally esteemed, 250-employee metal fabrication company. At 54, Neppl… Continue Reading Neppl touts manufacturing, involvement

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Local manufacturer celebrates 35 years

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Local manufacturer celebrates 35 years

Concepts in Millwork started operations in Colorado Springs with three employees 35 years ago last Wednesday. Today the commercial millwork company employs 80. Concepts in Millwork CEO Bob Silcott began a counter-top manufacturing business in his hometown of Denver decades ago. He sold the business in 1980 and, as part of a non-compete clause, set… Continue Reading Local manufacturer celebrates 35 years

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Manufacturing, education form ties

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Manufacturing, education form ties

Just south of the intersection of Astrozon and South Powers boulevards, the James Irwin Charter Schools operate under the oversight of Harrison School District 2. The K-12 campus prepares the workforce of tomorrow within blocks of many of the city’s most promising career opportunities in manufacturing. Springs Fabrication, dpiX, Concepts in Millwork and Advanced Equipment… Continue Reading Manufacturing, education form ties

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Fraud damages economy, near and far

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Fraud damages economy, near and far

Beware, business owners and nonprofit boards: That employee or volunteer who always arrives early, stays late, works Saturdays and never takes vacations may be stealing money. Those red flags can signal embezzlement, said certified fraud examiner and CPA Bob Johnson, who has performed fraud examinations in Colorado Springs for more than 30 years. When asked… Continue Reading Fraud damages economy, near and far

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Neumann deal dogs Drake

In February 2008, The Gazette reported a possible technological breakthrough by a local company, Neumann Systems Group, that seemed to have limitless potential. According to the firm’s president Dave Neumann, the company’s proprietary technology could be used to remove both carbon dioxide and sulfur oxides from coal-fired power plant emissions. Moreover, he noted, the potential… Continue Reading Neumann deal dogs Drake

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Drake: What’s the true cost?

“To understand where you’re going, it helps to understand where you’ve been.” That hoary cliché is particularly applicable when seeking to understand why Colorado Springs Utilities clings to the Martin Drake downtown coal-fired power plant. Exasperated Drake opponents have argued that the plant’s three generating units are old (dating from the 1960s and 1970s), accident-prone… Continue Reading Drake: What’s the true cost?

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