Economic development efforts in Delta County got a major boost last week as the Board of County Commissioners approved a specific development application by Forgeworks.
Forgeworks is a manufacturer of equipment used in the craft brewing industry. The company plans to move its operations from Ridgway and expand into a 24,000-square-foot building on B-50 Road.
Forgeworks general manager Arlan Collatz noticed the former home of drill rig fabricator Watson-Hopper sitting vacant as he drove through the county one day from Ridgway to Grand Junction.
Forgeworks' business plan calls for establishing its craft beer equipment manufacturing operation and adding a line of architectural hardware like custom hinges and doors to its activities.
The company also plans to conduct seminars on craft beer making and it hopes to get a liquor license to sell small batches of its on-site made brews.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.