City Council Authorizes Selling Land and Providing Economic Development Incentive Package for New Business in Grand Junction

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Sunshine Polishing Technology to add jobs, expand outdoor recreation industry

Yesterday, the Grand Junction City Council unanimously approved a proposal for Sunshine Polishing Technology to move its U.S. operations to Grand Junction. The company, which provides maintenance and restoration services to ski lifts and gondolas, will relocate its current operations from Eagle County and add 11-15 jobs to the local economy by this summer.

The Grand Junction Economic Partnership, who partnered with the City on this project, estimates a total annual economic impact of adding Sunshine Polishing’s fifteen jobs to our economy of $4,154,057.  The construction project, assuming a $625,000 building, is anticipated to bring positive economic activity to the community totaling $1,012,293.

Mayor Phyllis Norris states, “Economic development, a priority for this City Council, requires that we utilize a variety of tools to help stimulate our local business environment. Sunshine Polishing will be a great addition to our community, and will add to the growing excitement about the area along the Riverfront.”

Grand Junction surpassed the Vail Valley and Montrose County in a fierce negotiating process to win the relocation bid. City Council approved a competitive incentive package to secure the business, which includes two acres in the Jarvis Development Area at a reduced price, Enterprise Zone tax credits and a four-year property tax rebate. The company is also eligible to apply for the Jump-Start tax credit program in Mesa County.

“We are grateful to City Council for approving our proposal. Sunshine Polishing Technology is exactly the type of innovative business that we are aiming to recruit to Grand Junction.” said Kristi Pollard, executive director of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP). “It will add high-paying jobs in the technology sector, a priority area for us as we work to establish a tech hub in Colorado’s Grand Valley. The company also caters to the outdoor recreation industry, which continues to be a key industry as we diversify the local economy.”

Established in 1998 in British Columbia, Sunshine Polishing Technology is a world-renowned pioneer in plastic polishing. The company provides on-site services to improve cable transport systems at ski resorts and adventure parks across the U.S., Canada and Europe. More recently, the company has expanded its services to include restoration and more esthetic improvement solutions. The company relocated from Canada to Colorado in 2014 and, moving forward, Grand Junction will serve as North American headquarters. The company also has offices in Austria.

“We are thrilled to move our U.S. business to Grand Junction,” said Dominique Bastien, president and founder of Sunshine Polishing Technology. “The location provides us with incredible access to current and prospective clients, and our employees are looking forward to playing in your backyard. We can’t thank GJEP and the City enough for their support in this process.”

Sunshine Polishing Technology expects to move seven current employees to Grand Junction and will also be recruiting 4-8 new staff members by summer 2017. The company’s average salary is $57,269 per year.

For more information on Sunshine Polishing Technology, visit sunshinepolishing.com.

Contact: Cilia Cohn, Grand Junction Economic Partnership,  970-245-4332, ext. 3  cilia@gjcep.org

Sam Rainguet, City of Grand Junction,  970-244-1507    samr@gjcity.org

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