Up to 2,600 direct and indirect jobs result from rapid expansion
Denver – Amid a sea of news about oil and gas layoffs and operators closing or downsizing their Colorado offices, the Great Western Industrial Park (GWIP) in Windsor, Colo., marketed by Great Western Development Co., an affiliate of the Broe Group and OmniTRAX Inc., is providing a bright spot of growth as businesses there prepare to add approximately 575 new jobs in 2015. These high-paying manufacturing positions will translate into an additional 1,250 to 2,000 indirect jobs for the surrounding communities, according to U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
The workforce at GWIP now stands at about 1,500. The additional expansion planned for 2015 is expected to bring the total to more than 2,000, with job growth anticipated for each of the next five years. Several more companies are planning to develop land and/or add new jobs in the park during the next 18 months, which will bring the total to an estimated 2,200.
Companies currently operating in GWIP include Vestas, Carestream, Front Range Energy, Halliburton, Hexcel, Kodak, Colorado National Guard, Musket, Cargill and Schlumberger. In addition, Crall Products is planning to build a facility in the park before 2017, bolstering the job growth.
“Since it opened in 1999, the Great Western Industrial Park has consistently added businesses, and with that growth has come steady increase in employment, totaling more than 1,000 new jobs in the past decade,” said Jenni Stanford, Director of Industrial Development, northern Colorado at Great Western Development Co. “We know this is especially important to the stability and vitality of the local community.”
Situated along Colorado’s northern Front Range, GWIP is part of a coordinated, master-planned development that is becoming an epicenter of twenty-first century manufacturing and distribution. The park is the prototype for industrial development along rail corridors and is being emulated at several locations around the country, including Brownsville, TX, Sand Springs, OK and Stockton, CA.
“At Broe, we see an industrial renaissance in the U.S., which we are helping to accelerate through continued investment and growth in Great Western Industrial Park,” said Claude Pumilia, Chief Operating Officer of The Broe Group. “We are always pleased to be able to add jobs, including direct employment for our OmniTRAX, Great Western Oil & Gas and Broe Real Estate Services affiliates, as well as indirectly through GWIP business growth and expansion in northern Colorado.”
About The Broe Group
The Broe Group and its affiliates, based in Denver, Colorado, employ more than 1,000 people and own and/or manage commercial real estate throughout North America. Its transportation affiliate, OmniTRAX, Inc., is a leading transportation services firm with railroad, port and terminal operations throughout North America, including the Great Western Railway. Its energy affiliate, Great Western Oil & Gas Company, is a top 100 driller in the U.S. For more information, see www.broe.com <http://www.broe.com/> .
About OmniTRAX, Inc.
As one of North America’s largest private railroad and transportation management companies, OmniTRAX’s core capabilities range from providing management services to railroad and port services and to intermodal and industrial switching operations. Through its affiliation with The Broe Group and its portfolio of managed companies, OmniTRAX also has the unique capability of offering specialized industrial development and real estate solutions, both on and off the rail network managed by OmniTRAX. More information is available at www.omnitrax.com.