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Adams County Businesses Named as 2016 Colorado Companies to Watch Finalists

Reception 2Fifty Winners to be Announced at 8th Annual Gala Awards Ceremony

 Adams County, CO – Adams County Economic Development (ACED), a non-profit corporation dedicated to expanding the economy of Adams County (, is proud to announce that six Adams County businesses are named as 2016 Colorado Companies to Watch (CCTW) Finalists.   The program, in its 8th season, honors high-performing 2nd stage companies from across the state for their performance in the marketplace, innovative products, unique processes and philanthropic actions.

“We have so many high caliber businesses in Adams County.  It’s exciting to have six chosen as finalists for the 2016 Colorado Companies to Watch program,” said Adams County Commissioner, Steve O’Dorisio.

Second-stage companies are those that have moved past the startup stage and are now focused on growth. According to the Edward Lowe Foundation, second stage companies make up only 5 percent of total US businesses but account for 85 percent of new jobs.

“The six companies selected as CCTW Finalists represent the diverse business community within Adams County,” said Ron von Lembke, Board Chair of ACED and Chief of Staff, United Water and Sanitation District. “We are proud Adams County businesses are standing out as leaders in Colorado because of their growth and innovation.”

Adams County 2016 Colorado Companies to Watch Finalists

Balistreri Vineyards
Colorado Medical Waste
Epicurean Butter
Faris Machinery
Platte River Networks
Sunshine Plumbing, Heating & Air

Winners will be announced at the 8th Annual Gala Awards Dinner on Friday, June 17, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Denver. Registration for the event will open soon at


About Adams County Economic Development (ACED)
ACED is a 501(c) 6 public/private, nonprofit, full-service economic development agency serving Adams County, its nine municipalities, more than 8,100 businesses, and more than 445,000 residents. ACED is committed to attracting and retaining primary employers by offering support in business development, workforce development, and real estate opportunities in order to create a pro-business community.

About Adams County
Adams County, located in the northeastern quadrant of the Metro Denver Region, offers a rich diversity of communities, lifestyle, employment, and business opportunities. It surrounds the Denver International Airport on three sides, and is served by multiple highways and two railroads. Major employment sectors include aerospace and aviation, healthcare and life sciences, energy, logistics, manufacturing, and wholesale/trade. Boasting diverse housing opportunities, a highly educated workforce, and close proximity to the region’s major colleges, universities and research facilities, Adams County offers a strong  pro-business climate and outstanding quality of life for employees and companies.




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