Two of Basalt’s economic engines to be on display in chamber mixer
Two very different businesses that share the distinction of being models of economic stability for Basalt will be showcased in a chamber of commerce mixer Friday.
The Basalt chamber’s Business After Hours will feature a tour of the shop of Myers and Co. Architectural Metals, as well as a demonstration of the computer software sold by a company called Intrcomm.
Myers and Co. relocated to Basalt from Aspen in 1986. The firm employs more than 90 employees in its structural and ornamental metals divisions.
The company works as a subcontractor on construction sites ranging from large residences in Aspen to hospitals, schools and commercial buildings throughout the Western Slope, according to spokeswoman and partner Mary Delany.
Its ornamental division handles custom blacksmith work on features like railings and fireplace doors, even furniture.
The company was founded in the 1970s by Bob Myers after he studied blacksmithing under the late and great Francis Whitaker. The company expanded into structural metals when Gib Plimpton joined as a partner in 1976. Delany and Stuart Edgerly are the other partners.
Delany said the company stays active year-round these days, reflecting a maturity of the entire construction industry in the valley.
While Myers and Co. employs one of the oldest crafts, Intrcomm uses some of the newest digital technology.
The software-development company has branches in Minnesota and, for the past six years, in Basalt. One of its fortes is software that helps companies update and change their own Web sites.
A person who can manage something as simple as sending an e-mail with an attachment can keep their Web site updated with Intrcomm’s software, said Peter Scott, a valley native who works as a sales consultant in the Basalt office.
The software doesn’t take away from the need to hire a professional Web designer, Scott stressed. However, it lets companies manage their Web sites after that initial construction.
Intrcomm employs eight people in Basalt. Its Web site content-management tool is used by several local companies, including Myers and Co. It sells its software nationwide.
The chamber’s Business After Hours will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Myers and Co.’s shop at 555 Basalt Ave. in the Southside section of town. Refreshments will be provided. Members should RSVP by calling the chamber at 927-4031.
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