Business Buzz: Craig meat company receives new certification

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Brother’s Custom Processing recently achieved a special certification through United States Department of Agriculture as a wholesale retailer of locally slaughtered animals.

Part of the certification includes an on-site inspector from USDA available to the businesss five days per week.

Owner Dave Satterwhite said he was informed by USDA that Brother’s was the first plant in Colorado in the past two years to receive such an accreditation.

“It’s kind of a big deal for the community,” he said.

Brother’s, which serves as a processor and caterer for multiple events in Moffat County, also has received multiple awards locally, statewide and nationally for its meat products and management since 2007.

Legislation to aid Colorado enterprise

A recent bipartisan bill signed into law is geared toward boosting employment within the state. HB 14-1014, signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper on May 16, creates modifications to the state’s existing Job Growth Incentive Tax Credit program, offering incentives to qualifying companies able to grow employment in Colorado.

The bill follows HB 09-1001, which established the Job Growth program and established an income tax credit for companies bringing at least 20 new jobs to Colorado or five new jobs in enterprise zones. The companies must keep the jobs in Colorado for at least a year to receive the credit.

HB 14-1014 increased the period of time that companies may claim the credits from five years to eight years after credits are first received and reduced the required salaries for the new jobs from 110 percent of average wages in the county of location to 100 percent.

“Among U.S. states, Colorado consistently ranks highly for its economic climate, and bills like this demonstrate our commitment to keeping it that way,” said Senate Majority Leader Rollie Heath, D-Boulder.

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