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Colorado Companies to Watch spotlight: Birko



Snapshot: Birko provides food safety solutions to the meat processing, food and beverage industries, including specialty chemical formulations, harvest and processing equipment, and information technology.

Leadership: Owner Kelly Green has been chairman since 2008. Birko, part of a three-generation family-owned company, was founded in 1953. Revenues increased 16 percent in 2011 and are projected to grow 26 percent this year.

Work force: The company employed 63 full-time and two part-time workers in 2011. It expects to add five full-time workers this year.

Pivotal moment: In 2011, Birko acquired Chad Equipment LLC, a Kansas-based manufacturer specializing in automated washing and pasteurizing systems for meat harvesting and processing operations.

Technological edge: Birko’s concentrated chemical formulations include green, sustainable and environmentally responsible products. It also provides dispensing systems, antimicrobial mixing and spray conveyors and energy management systems.

Company culture: The company had no layoffs during the economic downturn. Many employees have spent their entire careers at Birko. The company’s philanthropic work includes supporting Colorado State University, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Cal Poly and Fresno State by volunteering and collaborating on research for the betterment of food safety.

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