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Small employers offer own wish list

The Colorado chapter of the National Federation of Business isn’t easing its criticism of Gov. John Hickenlooper and the state Legislature. The head of the 7,500-member state group offered its own list of legislative priorities this week to coincide with Hickenlooper’s state-of-the-state address.

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“This is an anti-business, pro-lawsuit Legislature, and it would be comforting to hear the governor return to his small-business roots,” Colorado NFIB state director Tony Gagliardi said in a statement.

Gagliardi called for the state to curb regulations on small business and repeal last year’s HB 1136 that makes it easier to file lawsuits against small business. He also called on lawmakers to leave the state’s existing workers’ compensation system alone.

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COLORADO

Europe backs Dream Chaser

LOUISVILLE — Sierra Nevada Space Systems is reaching across the Atlantic to forge partnerships with the European Space Agency and the German Aerospace Center that could open new markets and lead to new uses for its Dream Chaser space vehicle.

The agreements will allow use of European aerospace technologies in the company’s Dream Chaser so that craft can one day be used for missions beyond ferrying crew and cargo to the International Space Station.

European countries in turn could contract with the spacecraft to avoid the expensive and drawn out prospect of developing a full-blown space program of their own.

“We are constantly looking at what we can do with the Dream Chaser today (and) also with variants of the Dream Chaser in the future,” said Mark Sirangelo, vice president with Sierra Nevada Space Systems, based in the Denver suburb of Louisville.

Dream Chaser, which is designed to seat seven astronauts, is expected to make its first unmanned orbital flight in 2016 and its first manned flight a year later.

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WINDSOR

Cargill adding small steel unit

WINDSOR — Cargill is building a steel-processing plant in Windsor, southeast of Fort Collins. The company says the facility is needed to meet the increasing demand for steel products in the manufacturing and shale-oil industries.

Minneapolis-based Cargill says the 60,000-square-foot processing-and-distribution facility is expected to create up to 25 new jobs over the next three years.

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SNAP STAT

26

The number of home building permits pulled last year by Premier Homes, the most of any builder in Pueblo County in 2013, according to a housing report by neighborhood developer Horizon Communities Inc. Others in the top three: Oakwood Construction, 18; and Domega, 16.

Business Briefs are compiled from staff reports and Chieftain wire services.

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