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Colorado Companies to Watch 2015: Construction / Development / Real estate



Horizon Glass

Denver – horizonglass.net – Founded: 1978

For the most part, when window-shopping, the last thing you’re thinking about are the panes of glass you’re looking through – that is, unless you know Horizon Glass. 

Experts in window systems, Horizon combines design, installation and efficiency in its commercial and residential projects. Window systems have the potential to make or break the operational effectiveness of a building, directly impacting insulation, soundproofing, air circulation, privacy, natural and synthetic light distribution and aesthetic properties, all the while maintaining structural integrity.

Horizon’s product and service offerings along with its exceptional fabrication and installation of architectural aluminum and glass for new construction are the backbone of the operation. The company has successfully completed thousands of interior and exterior glass installation projects, spanning hospitals to schools, office buildings to mixed-use facilities, multifamily housing units to resort and hospitality projects as well as city, state and federal buildings.  Within the last three years, the Denver-based company has increased its average single large project capacity from $3 million to $5 million, and has expanded its hiring potential substantially, seeking skills, positive attitude and flexibility from its team. One of Horizon’s strategic advantages is its innovative architectural aluminum and glass fabrication facility. This achieves a superior product with the highest standards for schedule adherence, workmanship, quality and safety. With its track record of success, Horizon Glass has been recognized four years in a row as one of the “Top 50 Glaziers” in the industry publication Glass Magazine.

WATCH OUT FOR: CEO Lou Sigman anticipates the nonresidential construction market will continue to thrive in the coming years throughout Colorado. He adds that the hot-button issue of construction-defects has sharpened Horizon’s approach to the total building envelope of its projects – requiring a collaborative approach with the design team and other subcontractors to cover bases proactively, rather than defensively.


Littleton – engrain.com –  Founded: 2004

It may seem strange to recall way back when touchscreens weren’t these glowing, game-changing constants to connect us to an infinite digital universe.

Engrain capitalized on this technological omnipresence, becoming a leader in touch screen marketing, sales, leasing and messaging platforms for real estate. Working with developers, property managers and others in the field to craft a more visual, meaningful and accessible experience, Engrain’s award-winning TouchTour system serves as the centerpiece of an information ecosystem with custom websites, email and SMS-based sharing and integration tools. The multi-touch, gesture-sensitive screens help prospective residents experience, properties with floor-plan renderings, photos of amenities, details and finishes. Engrain has invested in attention-grabbing user-experience, and TouchTour was recently named a finalist for a Digital Signage Expo Apex Content award. Last year, Engrain’s revenues rose 112 percent, and the company has doubled its head count in the same timeframe.

KEEP WATCHING: Engrain will continue to explore expansion, extending existing products into additional vertical markets, and pushing touch technology forward. The company’s two-year plan includes entrance into the hospitality, resort, master-planned communities, commercial and health-care markets. The future includes beacon technology, smart glass technology, frictionless CRM integrations, and immersive technology that can blend into any interior finish design.

Premium Panels Inc.

Arvada – premiumpanels.com – Founded: 2000

“If you can conceptualize it, we can fabricate it,” says Premium Panels’ President Jeff Patch.

Service is what defines Premium Panels’ success, along with superior design. With nine consecutive years of profitability and 100 years of combined service under its belt, Premium Panels provides high-quality manufacturing and installation of metal roofing panels, with a complete custom sheet metal shop, creating everything from roofing to walls. Premium Panels also manufactures a full line of rain collection products, custom copper, zinc and stainless steel products from flashing to range hoods. In the past four years, the company has roughly doubled its headcount.

KEEP WATCHING: Expansion of the company’s facilities will allow for at least 30 percent growth.

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Gigi Sukin

Gigi Sukin is digital editor at ColoradoBiz. She can be reached at gsukin@cobizmag.com.

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