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New West Daily Roundup for Aug. 18, 2016

Today in New West news: Vestas’ market share soars, whitefish die mysteriously in Yellowstone River, Boulder-based St. Claire’s Organic Inc. moving to New Mexico, and SLC-based SBR Technologies buys Universal Color Graphics.

According to the Denver Business Journal, Vestas Wind System’s market share have grown substantially. The company, based in Denmark but operating four factories in Colorado, was behind 2,870 of the 8,598 megawatts of wind power added to the U.S. energy grid. With that, Vestas now holds 33 percent of the U.S. market—up from 12 percent in 2014. From the Journal:

Last year, Vestas’ market share trailed only GE Wind, with 40 percent, and far outdistanced third-place Siemens, at 14 percent.

Vestas reported a record volume of global orders in 2015, a year in which U.S. and Canada sales surged to $3.5 billion from $270 million in 2012.

And it looks like there’s a lot more in the pipeline for Vestas.

In April, the company joined Xcel Energy in announcing plans to build a 300-turbine, 600-megawatt wind farm in Colorado that is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

Then in June came word that Vestas would supply 1,000 wind turbines to MidAmerican Energy, the Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary, for a proposed 2,000-megawatt wind farm in Iowa. That deal covers supplying and commissioning the wind turbines, with a five-year service agreement that could go out to 10 years.

Up in Montana, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, whitefish (and a few suckers) have been dying en masse, with their bodies being found in the Yellowstone River. State fish officials, who previously confirmed the death toll was more than 1,000, now say that it’s likely 10,000 whitefish have perished. The 1,000 confirmed whitefish are just the ones who didn’t sink to the bottom and get eaten by scavengers. From the Chronicle:

Word on the cause hasn’t come yet. Samples from the fish have been taken to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fish disease and health lab, but [Montana FWP spokesperson Andrea] Jones said results shouldn’t be expected until after Thursday.

Only whitefish and suckers have been confirmed dead. Jones said the agency received one report of a handful of dead rainbow trout, too, but the agency hadn’t confirmed it.

FWP staff planned to electrofish the river from Loch Leven to Pine Creek on Tuesday. Jones said they planned to catch live fish, both whitefish and trout, and bring them to the lab to gather baseline samples.

The Montana Department of Water Quality sent two water quality specialists to the stream on Tuesday to gather water samples. DEQ public policy director Kristi Ponozzo said they will test for things that might cause human or aquatic health concerns, such as metals, nutrients, acidity and temperature.

“We’re just trying to see if there’s anything in the water that could cause the fish kill,” Ponozzo said.

Ponozzo said the samples would be taken to a Helena lab operated by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. Results won’t be available for at least two or three weeks, she said.

The fish have been seen dead all over the river. Jones said they have reports of belly-up whitefish as far upstream as Cinnabar, near Corwin Springs. Officials have confirmed deaths as far downstream as Springdale.

When it comes to Yellowstone River fish, whitefish are generally the most sensitive to fluctuating conditions like water depth and temperature. Officials are ruling out pollution as a cause of death for the whitefish.

Back in Colorado, according to the Denver Business Journal, Boulder-based organic candy manufacturer St. Claire’s Organic Inc. has announced it is moving to Santa Clara, New Mexico, near Silver City. Founder Debra St. Claire told the Albuquerque Journal/Associated Press she chose New Mexico due to their “welcoming attitude and business friendly environment.” Apparently, the Journal reports, the state also offered St Claire’s $100,000 in “incentives.”

Finally, over in Utah, Salt Lake City-based printing company SBR Technologies has announced its purchase of Las Vegas-based Universal Color Graphics. According to Utah Business, the deal offers both companies substantive advantages:

The acquisition will be mutually beneficial, providing UCG with new, extensive solution offerings and production capabilities including UV, solvent & dye sublimation, latex and photographic. SBR will gain a footprint in the print-hungry Las Vegas market with a fully-staffed office, offset print capabilities and an existing catalog of business.

“We were excited to add Universal Color Graphics to our company,” said Guy Timothy, President of SBR Technologies and Vision Graphics. “We are poised for aggressive growth and this acquisition is an important piece of our expansion plans. Our Vision Graphics brand is well known in the large and grand format market. We’re a powerful solution provider for event graphics and the kinds of extreme graphic work that is visible everywhere in the Las Vegas entertainment market. ”

UCG has served the Las Vegas market for ten years, with a focus on commercial offset printing. UCG will undergo a re-branding and will be included under the Vision Graphics brand.

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