Business Digest August 3, 2012
Boulder B-cycle opened its 16th bicycle-sharing station at 2880 Wilderness Place, Boulder, near the Boulder Beer Co.
The city of Boulder's sales- and use-tax collections decreased 13.3 percent in June, compared with the same month a year ago, according to the latest report from the city finance department. Boulder collected $7,543,289 in June, compared with $8,709,205 collected in June 2011, according to the report. The collection in June represents sales made in May.
Longmont-based data-storage firm Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq: HILL) received three patents that describe innovations to allow organizations to accelerate data protection via faster data snapshots and replication operations. Dot Hill's 83rd U.S. patent, No. 8,185,777, describes technology that eliminates sources of latency when using a separate backup appliance and data-storage subsystems. The technology in Dot Hill's 84th and 85th patents, Nos. 8,204,858 and 8,200,631, work together to create faster data snapshots and make them more accessible. Dot Hill's innovations shorten backup windows through a reset function that is quicker than deleting and creating a new snapshot, according to a press statement from the company. Because the parameters already have been set and can be reused, it eliminates the need to delete old snapshots before creating new ones.
Unemployment rates in Boulder and Broomfield counties inched up slightly in June, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Boulder County's non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 6.6 percent, up from 6.1 percent in May — the same as the 6.6 percent rate reported in June 2011. In Broomfield, the unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in June, up from 7.5 percent in May. In June 2011, the rate was 7.7 percent. According to the survey of Colorado households, the state unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percent in June to 8.2 percent. The national unemployment rate was unchanged from the previous month at 8.2 percent.
The University of Colorado and Boulder-based Ball Aerospace & Technology Corp. announced that the Total Irradiance Monitor will fly sometime in 2013 aboard the STPSat-3 spacecraft, which Ball built for the U.S. Air Force through an agreement between NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Air Force. The instrument was intended to fly as a space shuttle Hitchhiker payload as part of a program at CU-Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. The instrument will measure the sun's net energy output or total solar irradiance, continuing a 35-year climate data record that is a key component in understanding Earth's climate system.
Louisville-based Zayo Group LLC will start expanding its fiber optic network along the Front Range and add capacity in Denver, Boulder and Longmont. The expansion will add 521 route miles, which when completed will give Zayo 900 route miles in the greater Denver area.
Engineering and construction firm MWH Global Inc. in Broomfield will sell its MWH Laboratories in Monrovia, California, to Eurofins Scientific Inc. for an undisclosed sum. After regulatory review and approval, MWH Laboratories will become Eurofins Eaton Analytics, named for Dr. Andrew Eaton, a 32-year veteran at MWH Laboratories, in honor of his industry leadership in water-quality analysis and testing. At 34,000 square feet, MWH Labs is one of the largest water-quality laboratory operations in the United States.
Louisville-based Real Goods Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: RSOL) and Gestamp Solar, the photovoltaic-energy division of Madrid, Spain-based Gestamp Renewables, will construct two solar installations — 2.3 megawatts in Pownal and 2.5 megawatts in Williamstown. The ground-mounted solar arrays will be owned and operated by Gestamp and designed and installed by RGS Energy, the commercial and utility division of Real Goods Solar.
Four Boulder County bioscience companies are among the six chosen to compete for a $7,500 cash prize at the BioWest 2012 event to be held Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Denver. Siva Therapeutics Inc., Sophono Inc. and SuviCa Inc., all of Boulder, and Flashback Technologies Inc. of Longmont have been chosen as finalists by the Colorado BioScience Association, a Denver-based industry trade group. Two other finalist companies have been chosen from Fort Collins. - Siva is developing a phototermal treatment for cancer tumors. - Sophono has developed an implantable hearing device. SuviCa is developing cancer-treatment drugs. Flashback Technologies makes a computerized diagnostic test that can detect risks to the body from medical trauma.
Boulder Community Hospital reached an agreement with insurance provider Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), to provide members of Humana's commercial plans in-network access to the facilities and services of the Boulder Community Hospital system.
DigitalGlobe Inc. (NYSE: DGI) in Longmont has signed a multi-year deal to provide high-resolution images of Earth to software firm Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc., which will use them in its ArcGIS Online system. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Users of ESRI's cloud-based mapping and content-management system will have access to DigitalGlobe's Global Basemap, an off-the-shelf product that provides images of Earth's surface at multiple zoom levels. The images include oceans and polar regions.
Boulder-based SendGrid Inc. is partnering with cloud application development platforms Heroku, Engine Yard, Cloudbees, Standing Cloud and AppHarbor. Available as an integrated service within each of the platforms, SendGrid gives developers building, testing and deploying web applications in any programming language an option for transactional email delivery and management.
Boddie-Noell Enterprises has selected Louisville-based Envysion Inc. to provide video-driven business intelligence. Boddie-Noell, the operator of more than 330 Hardee's restaurants, will utilize Envysion to drive improvements in loss prevention, operations and restaurant profitability.
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