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Business Buzz is the Craig Daily Press’ new business corner of the newspaper that will run in the newspaper each Monday. If your business has experienced a notable achievement, or if you know of a local business that has, send it to editor@craigdailypress, and we will run it in Business Buzz. Photos are welcome too.

Local heating and air conditioning company wins national award

Masterworks Mechanical was named Contractor of the Year by National Comfort Institute (NCI) at its 2014 annual conference in Orlando, Fla., last month, according to a press release.

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Masterworks Mechanical owner Dave DeRose, middle, stands with NCI representatives as he receives the Contractor of the Year award.

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The award recognizes outstanding achievements in performance-based contracting, quality workmanship and dedication to customer service. One important way that Masterworks Mechanical has said that it offers the best is through the fact that they invest in continuing education for their employees on the latest home and building comfort and safety practices provided by organizations like NCI.

“We are thankful for our customers and some of the exciting new things we see in our industry,” Masterworks Mechanical owner Dave DeRose said in a statement. “We will continue to strive to increase and improve our knowledge through training and to provide the best HVAC and plumbing systems we can find. The comfort and safety of our customers are priorities and we will continue to work to make those priorities a reality.”

Masterworks Mechanical, Inc. is a full-service plumbing, heating, cooling and commercial refrigeration company dedicated to serving Craig and all of Northwest Colorado.

February Fast Fact from Yampa Valley Data Partners

Each month, Yampa Valley Data Partners releases its Fast Facts on Moffat and Routt counties to help Northwest Colorado better gage what’s going on economically. Here’s the latest February news from YVDA:

Retail sales: Moffat County retail sales remained solid on a year-to-date basis despite a 15.2 percent drop in November 2013 compared to the previous November. Routt County retail sales in November 2013 were up 9.1 percent compared to the previous November.

Employment: The Routt County unemployment rate dipped to 4.5 percent in December 2013, the lowest rate since December 2008. Moffat County's 5.2 percent unemployment rate in December 2013 remained well below the current Colorado unemployment rate (6.2 percent) and U.S. rate (6.6 percent).

Real Estate: Average listing price in Moffat County was $179,000 and has remained in the $169,000-195,000 range since May. Average December 2013 listing price in Routt County was $529,900, a slight drop from the previous month.

Energy: Year-to-date coal production through November 2013 was down almost 20 percent in Moffat County, nearly 18 percent in Routt County and 31 percent statewide. Moffat and Routt accounted for roughly half the Colorado coal produced in November.

Climate: Heading into the final days of February, snow-water equivalent was running a healthy 133 percent of average on Rabbit Ears Pass and 120 percent on Buffalo Pass. Snowpack for the Yampa/White River Basin was 123 percent of average, outpacing the statewide average of 115 percent.

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