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Economic association shines spotlight on Arvada businesses

Paul and Doris Guernsey receive Entrepreneurial Spirit Award


Paul and Doris Guernsey started their business, Mid-West Machine Products, Inc., in the garage of an Arvada home in 1969. Now, several generations into the business, they occupy a 90,000-square-foot building in the Arvada Technology Park and employ 60 people.

The business uses punches, lasers and press brakes to cut and bend sheet metal to customer specifications. It also offers processes such as welding, hardware installation and packaging. After 48 years in business, some of of Mid-West Machine’s major Arvada customers are Wanco, Mark VII Equipment and Wadsworth Control Systems.

“Paul and Doris continue to demonstrate values that embrace entrepreneurial spirit, including  exceptional leadership, integrity, innovation, determination, vision, community and, most importantly, resiliency,” said Hereford Percy, emcee at the Arvada Economic Development Association’s 23rd annual Business Appreciation Awards held Oct 5.

The Guernseys were awarded the Lloyd J. King Entrepreneurial Spirit Award at the event..

“To win the entrepreneurial award is really amazing,” Paul Guernsey said. “I was really shocked. I know we’ve been in business a long time, but I was amazed and well pleased that they would think of us to give that award to.”

Other businesses honored at the Thursday morning breakfast were Quest Thermal Group as Outstanding Small Business, and Prescient as Outstanding Large Business.

Quest Thermal Group was chosen for its groundbreaking work in developing and manufacturing thermal installation systems and winning 23 small business research projects from NASA.

“This small-but-mighty Arvada manufacturer is making a big impact in aerospace and other commercial industries,” Percy said.

Prescient, a high-tech construction firm, was recognized for its investment in relocating to Arvada and employing 200 people.

“The outstanding large business award is a huge honor for us,” said John Vanker, co-founder of Prescient. “To have that recognition, we’re extremely excited and grateful for it as well.”

Edward Rothschild, of Alpha Graphics, was also recognized individually with the Community Spirit Award. The award is designed to honor an individual whose outstanding service to the community has helped define and shape Arvada’s character. Rothschild was honored for his years of service volunteering in the community by serving on the Arvada Planning Commission, Foothills Animal Shelter, Arvada Food Bank and the City Bike Advisory Committee.

“It’s very nice to have the accolades,” Rothschild said. “But I think it’s more of an affirmation that we’ve done for the community is appreciated and of value. Most importantly that it is of value.”


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