I think one of the most-rewarding things about my job in leading a company with this growth and aggressive strategy is to be a key player in the community; being able to offer employees and new employees a new opportunity to work for us and to provide for their families to live a great life in a great community. Duren said the company has seen double-digit growth for years. I think our strength is that we are a very engineering-driven company, he said. We offer great customer service and quality of product to our customer. That's what led Arctic Capital, a Minnesota-based acquisition holding company, to purchase Columbus Hydraulics almost two years ago. Since then, the companys sales team has been expanding its market reach. We are being very aggressive in our growth plans, said Duren. I think the lifting equipment hire hydraulic cylinder market is huge. We have a small chunk of it and we feel there's the opportunity to grow that. Hydraulic cylinders are ubiquitous; anytime a piece of machinery extends, contracts or bends, theres probably a hydraulic cylinder involved. Duren said Columbus Hydraulics biggest customers are manufacturers of construction and agricultural equipment, but the business has maintained ongoing growth by serving a diverse set of industries. Anything from construction to ag to turf care to railroads to the firetruck industry, he said. So a lot of different industries across the board." Columbus Hydraulics has hired 20 additional employees in the past year or so, bringing the total workforce to 150. The business has also outgrown its current facility at 1751 12th Ave.
Lots of people are walking around town in the evenings and shopping in the stores. Kyle Kimmerle, owner of OTR Tire Center in Moab, said while he hasnt sold many off-road tires, he has sold a number of trailer tires this week, in addition to routine maintenance and repair jobs. Weve been pretty busy, Kimmerle said. The economic effect is felt at many other types of local businesses as well. Were having a great year so far at the furniture store, as is our daughter Lindsey with her business, Lops Pop Stop, said Kimberly Knowles, co-owner of Knowles Home Furnishings. Gizler said tourists paid a total of around $4.6 million in transient room taxes (TRT) in Grand County in 2016, plus another $666,000 in Tourism, Recreation, Culture and Convention Facilities Taxes (TRCC). People are here to do everything, Gizler said. Its not just Jeeps, its getting familiar with our area. Were trying to educate the town on how to work with the tourists, to facilitate ways to help make the tourists experience better. To that end, Gizler said the Moab Area Travel Council is offering a couple of free hour-long training sessions for local businesses to improve their interactions with tourists. They are scheduled for April 27 at 10 a.m.
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