Briefcase

BRIEFS

Boulder-based NatPets LLC, a natural pet-products company doing business as I and love and you, plans to add up to six employees over the next year as it ramps up distribution in the wake of a new round of equity funding. I and love and you raised more than $11.8 million, according to a filing made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Loveland-based McWhinney, a real-estate investment, management and development company, broke ground May 21 on a Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park in Garden Grove, Calif.

CONTRACTS

Boulder-based Cool Energy Inc., a clean-energy power generation company, entered into a supply and licensing agreement for its 25-kilowatt SolarHeart Stirling engine with Pasadena, Calif.-based Edison Heliostats. Edisun will use the engines in its solar systems to deliver electricity from concentrating solar power.

Loveland-based DataTraks, which provides engineering and software solutions for companies around the world in the railroad industry, contracted with the Transportation Technology Center Inc. to manage application of its Trackside Acoustic Detection System in North America. TTCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads. TADS was designed to detect and monitor flaws in tapered roller bearings at normal track speeds.

Broomfield-based Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) began distributing the international feed of this summer’s World Cup soccer tournament to TV Azteca starting June 12. Mexico, TV Azteca will use Level 3’s Vyvx Solutions to provide diverse feeds from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to TV Azteca’s teleport in Mexico City.

Boulder-based startup Good Luck Chuck, which plans to manufacture allergen-free sunflower seed butters and assorted seed-based snacks, engaged the Innovation Center of the Rockies to assist in business development and launch strategy to sell its products in conventional grocery stores. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Broomfield-based Webroot Inc., a provider of cloud-based, real-time Internet threat detection, will bundle its SecureAnywhere AntiVirus for PC Gamers with the GameCom 788 Gaming Headset manufactured by Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Plantronics Inc. (NYSE: PLT).

Lafayette-based public relations, branding and marketing firm The Creative Alliance was retained by Henderson-based Prime Trailer, which rents and leases semi trailers. As one of its first projects, TCA provided PR for Prime Trailer’s acquisition of OnRamp Trailer Services from CR England.

Boulder-based email delivery service SendGrid, launched its email Template Engine, which enables seamless collaboration between marketers, developers and designers, allowing each to work within SendGrid’s user interface to edit and create templates for their transactional emails.

EARNINGS

UQM Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UQM) reported a net loss of $2.8 million for its fiscal year that ended March 31, an improvement compared with the $10.7 million loss of a year earlier. UQM manufactures electric motors, generators and power electronic controllers for the commercial truck, bus, automotive, military and marine markets. It has a manufacturing plant east of Longmont in Weld County. UQM’s fiscal year 2014 loss came on revenue of $7.05 million, which was down 2 percent from a year earlier. The loss amounted to 7 cents per common share.

FLOOD RELIEF

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development approved the use of up to $500,000 in federal disaster recovery funds to support efforts to increase tourism in areas hit hardest by September’s historic floods. The funds will be used to advertise, promote and support such areas. Applications for these funds are available at dola.colorado.gov/cdbg-dr/ and are due June 24. Applicants must demonstrate significant impacts that are attributable to the floods and a heavy reliance of the local economy on the tourism industry.

KUDOS

Seven early-career scientists were selected by the Boettcher Foundation board of trustees for the fifth class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program. Loren Hough, an assistant professor of physics at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and Christopher Gentile, an assistant professor of food science and human nutrition at Colorado State University, were among those chosen. Each researcher, or Boettcher Investigator, is awarded a $225,000 grant covering up to three years of research while the individuals establish themselves and become competitive for major awards from federal agencies or other private foundations. Hough is exploring the structural biology of ordered and disordered proteins, while Gentile is working on finding the molecular causes of vascular dysfunction.

Mary Ellen Vernon, founder and chief brand officer at Boulder-based women’s apparel company Fresh Produce, is celebrating the company’s 30th anniversary. Beginning in 1984 as a t-shirt company, Fresh Produce Holdings LLC has evolved into a coastal-inspired clothing company with its apparel available at 26 company-owned stores, eight handpicked locations, 500 wholesale accounts and internationally through the website at FreshProduceClothes.com. To mark the occasion, the company launched the Legacy Collection, featuring favorite Fresh Produce styles in vintage hues, and an Internet radio station called “Radio in Color,” which is streaming a combination of brand-reflective music and interviews with Vernon.

The city of Lafayette is one of four finalists for the National Recreation and Parks Association’s Gold Medal award for excellence in park and recreation management for cities with populations less than 30,000.

Broomfield-based MWH Global is ranked eighth in Woman Engineer Magazine’s 22nd annual “Top 50 Employers.” The list features the top U.S.-based companies that the magazine’s readers said they would most like to work for or whom they believe would provide a positive working environment for women engineers.

Harry Goodwin, an independent financial adviser with Goodwin Financial Services Inc. and a 30-year resident of Fort Collins, was named to Cambridge Signature Club 2014 by his independent broker-dealer, Cambridge Investment Research Inc. The honor recognizes a financial adviser’s success based on production, client service and commitment to values.

The Alliance for Innovation, an international network of government agencies committed to innovative solutions, awarded the cities of Boulder and Arvada an Outstanding Achievement in Innovation Award for the Xpress Consortium Project. The cities partnered to develop and share an open-source web content management system named Xpress.

Teresa Mueller, director of accounting at Loveland-based Mueller & Associates CPA, was named a Top 100 ProAdvisor by Intuitive Accountant in its first ranking of QuickBooks ProAdvisors. Mueller was chosen from among the more than 65,000 ProAdvisors throughout the nation.

The WavePoint platform from Boulder-based FreeWave Technologies Inc., provider of industrial-grade, secure machine-to-machine wireless networking and communications solutions, was named a 2014 M2M Evolution Product of the Year Award winner from M2M Evolution Magazine.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Denver-based holding company Infinex Ventures Inc. (OTC Pink: INFX) acquired Boulder-based Marijuana Funding Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Marijuana Funding  specializes in funding medical and recreational marijuana companies. The company provides loans and conducts private-equity deals and public offerings.


Greystar Real Estate Partners acquired Riverstone Residential Group LLC, a manager of apartments in the United States, from London-based CAS Capital Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Regis Group PLC. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Greystar, based in Charleston, S.C., manages more than 385,000 apartment units in major markets throughout the United States and abroad. It manages Solana 3100 Pearl, luxury apartments under construction in Boulder, Arista Uptown Apartments in Broomfield and the Reserve at Centerra in Loveland. Dallas-based Riverstone manages Heritage Circle and Settlers Creek in Fort Collins and Lincoln Place in Loveland.

Brooks Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: BRKS) sold Longmont-based Granville-Phillips to MKS Instruments Inc. for $87 million cash has closed. Brooks produces producing automation, vacuum and instrumentation products for semiconductor manufacturing, life sciences and clean energy. Granville-Phillips produces instrumentation used by companies in the clean-energy sector.

Atlanta-based Noble Investment Group LLC acquired the Hyatt Place Boulder hotel being built as part of the Depot Square development. Terms of the deal were not disclosed The hotel on Pearl Street east of 30th Street in Boulder will be Noble’s first in Colorado. The 150-room hotel is slated to open in early 2015.

Community Financial Credit Union in Broomfield and Boulder Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union in Boulder plan to merge. The boards of directors from both institutions approved the plan. The merger is expected to become effective in the fall pending regulatory approval and a vote by members of BMEFCU. The new credit union will be called Community Financial Credit Union. It will exceed $200 million in assets and serve 18,000-plus members. It has full-service branches in Broomfield and Boulder, and a third full-service branch in Broomfield at 136th Avenue and Huron Street, is expected to open late this year.

Mental Health Partners and the Boulder County Public Health Addiction Recovery Centers Division will integrate over the course of the next six months, providing care to 23,000 people annually. The two programs together will have 16 locations in Boulder, Broomfield, Lafayette and Longmont.


MOVES

Engineering research and development firm Czero Inc. moved to Colorado State University’s Powerhouse Energy Campus as part of sponsored technology research it is conducting at the university. Czero moved from its former location at tech incubator Rocky Mountain Innosphere in Fort Collins to the new CSU institute, which had its grand opening April 17.

NAME CHANGES

Formerly the Poor Mule and Barleycorn, Wyler’s Pub & Grill celebrated its remodel and renaming May 29 with a Greeley Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting. Newt Wyler and his family own the business at 2835 W 27th St, Unit 513, Greeley.

OPENINGS

The University of Colorado-Boulder’s engineering college and Deming Center for Entrepreneurship teamed up to launch a business-accelerator program. Catalyze CU is open to CU-Boulder students and faculty to help them turn their innovations and technology into companies. The first cohort of six ventures that include a total of 22 students kicked off June 7 and runs for eight weeks. During that time, Catalyze CU will provide the ventures with mentorship, grants and space at Spark Boulder – a student co-working space on University Hill – as they develop their products and business plans. More than 35 teams applied to be part of the first Catalyze CU cohort. The six selected include Malleable Metals, Dynamic Measurement Solutions, Global Solar, QuintEssentials, Shinesty and IconPulse.

University of Colorado Health’s new cancer center on Harmony Road in Fort Collins opened for patients June 9, providing services to meet all the needs of a cancer patient, not just chemotherapy and radiation. Developers of the $11 million, 30,000-square-foot center aimed to “raise the bar” on cancer care by incorporating patient input into the design and construction. About 100 people, including patients, physicians and employees, provided input into the way the building should be constructed. UCHealth relied on a “survivors’ wish list” for guidance.

IBMC College opened School of Cosmetology branches at the Fort Collins campus, 3842 S. Mason St., and the Longmont location, 2315 N. Main St., after receiving formal approval from the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools.

Co-owner Jessica Barton opened Fort Collins-based Kneaded at Home LLC, offering in-home massage therapy seven days a week between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Appointments can be made at 970-797-4979, facebook.com/kneadedathomecolorado or Kneaded-At-Home.com.

PRODUCT UPDATE

Lafayette-based Blue Moose of Boulder, makers of all-natural hummus, spreads and salsa, introduced upgraded packaging including improved airtight containers and new products including MontAmore and Roasted Red Pepper Spread. The new packaging graphics feature a new slant on the moose logo in line with the outdoorsy and active Boulder area.

Fort Collins-based craft brewers Odell Brewing and New Belgium Brewing introduced their first collaboratively brewed beer, FOCOllaboration Ale. The American pale ale pours a deep, coppery hue and contains Fawcett Crystal Malt (an Odell favorite) and Centennial, Cascade and Citra hops (New Belgium staples). The ale is available through New Belgium’s Hop Kitchen series and will be available throughout Odell’s and New Belgium’s areas of distribution.

Longmont-based TerraLUX announced the latest LED downlight retrofits at Lightfair 2014. Built to replace pin-based compact fluorescent lights in commercial downlights, the DR Series bypasses the existing CFL ballast. Rapid paybacks are achieved with efficacy above 85 lumens per watt, the company said, achieving energy savings of 50 percent to 75 percent. Battery backup and dimming options are available.

Fort Collins-based OtterBox introduced new design options for its Defender Series smartphone cases for iPad Mini with retina display. The cases are available in OtterBox’s “Build Your Own” program.

The SATA 6Gb/s Host Intellectual Property Core from Longmont-based IntelliProp Inc. passed certification by the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory on a Xilinx Kintex-7 field-programmable gate array.

Boulder-based Ancient Harvest, the first brand to bring quinoa to the United States in the 1980s, launched Mac & Cheese and Culinary Ancient Grains lines, supported by refreshed packaging and a revamped website. The new flavors are organic (non-GMO) and gluten-free, and the quinoa is sourced only from long-standing farmer partners in Bolivia. The new Mac & Cheese line includes white cheddar, sharp cheddar and two varieties of mild cheddar in traditional and llama-shaped kids’ varieties. The new line of Culinary Ancient Grains, made of a blend of quinoa, millet and amaranth, comes in Sea Salt and Herb, Butter and Parmesan, Spanish Style and Spicy Curry flavors.

Boulder-based Anark Corp., provider of automated Model Based Enterprise and 3D CAD visualization solutions, announced the release of Anark Core 4.3 at the 2014 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress, held May 28-30 in Colorado Springs.

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