Pueblo, CO Business and Industries

Diverse business climate propels economy forward

By Jason Zasky on October 5, 2012 at 10:00 am EST
Professional Bull Riders Association in Pueblo, CO

PHOTO CREDIT: Staff Photographer

The business sector is right on the money these days in Pueblo, with diverse companies and organizations that contribute to the overall success and quality of life in the community. Here are some highlights:

Major Employers, Notable Companies

Nationally recognized Mission Foods operates a plant in Pueblo that manufactures corn and wheat tortillas on a round-the-clock basis. Pueblo Diversified Industries offers a variety of employment opportunities and life-enrichment programs to physically and mentally challenged individuals.

Atlas Pacific Engineering manufacturers a full line of equipment used for processing apples, apricots, cherries, peaches, pears and other fruits, and has built more than 5,000 processing machines for companies in 24 countries. Vestas specializes in the construction and installation of wind turbines for utility companies and governments. Vestas officials believe wind energy will account for 10 percent of the world’s energy by 2020 (currently less than 2 percent).

Pueblo: A Steel City

Midwest Fabrication & Steel, a third-generation, family-owned business, has produced structural steel components for more than 85 years. It has supplied steel for U.S. aircraft carriers and destroyers as well as the Royal Gorge Bridge, the world’s highest suspension bridge, in nearby Cañon City.

EVRAZ Pueblo (formerly Colorado Fuel and Iron Company) is a specialty product mini-mill that makes seamless pipe, rails, rod and coiled reinforcing bar, and semi-finished products made to customer specifications.

Austria-based pewag, the world’s leading manufacturer of round-link steel chains for truck and car traction in the snow, opened its first North American plant in Pueblo in 2014. It employs 55 people in its 55,000-square-foot building.

Professional Bull Riders Inc.

Professional Bull Riders Inc., with world headquarters in Pueblo at the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk, is led by Sean Gleason, chief executive officer. Professional Bull Riders Inc. is in its 24th year of operation, and oversees more than 300 bull riding events each year. Future plans include opening PBR University, a world‐class athletic training facility for bull riding and rodeo competitors.

Pueblo Airport and Minnequa Park

Pueblo Airport offers nonstop service to Denver where flights connect to more than 160 destinations. Travelers who fly from Pueblo enjoy the convenience of parking just steps from the terminal, avoiding big-city traffic and long security lines in Denver.

Spanning 4,700 acres is Minnequa Park, an industrial/business park located south of Pueblo adjacent to Interstate 25 and along rail lines operated by Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific. Established by the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation, Minnequa Park has been a welcome addition to the community, supplementing the area’s available industrial space.

Pueblo Economic Development Corporation

A private, not-for-profit organization, Pueblo Economic Development Corporation works to promote the Pueblo area to relocating or expanding businesses. In addition, PEDCO strives to grow Pueblo’s business and industrial base and create primary jobs for the community.

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