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Press Release: Ska Brewing Named to "Colorado Companies To Watch" List
Posted Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 by Tip Top

Ska LogoDURANGO, COLO., (June 8, 2010) —Ska Brewing Co. is honored to have been named to the 2010 “Colorado Companies to Watch” list. The list of 50 companies, which includes businesses from around the state, is organized by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade in association with economic development councils throughout the state. An independent panel selected the companies based on factors including growth, entrepreneurial leadership and sustainable competitive advantage.

Ska Brewing representatives will accept the award at a gala event later this month in Denver.

The companies recognized by this award are diverse, including a chocolate maker, numerous software companies, alternative energy companies and a passive solar greenhouse manufacturer. While many are located on Colorado’s Front Range, companies from Pagosa Springs, Carbondale, Gypsum and other more remote locations were also represented. Eligibility requirements included being Colorado-based, employing between 6 and 99 people, and generating between $750,000 and $50 million in sales.

These business success stories are even more attention-grabbing during the current economic climate, in which layoffs and declines are more frequent headlines than adding jobs and posting sales gains. The 2009 numbers below, as reported in the June issue of Colorado Biz Magazine, tell the tale of the combined economic impact these companies are having on our state:

• $375 million in total revenue
• $226 million increase in total revenue compared to 2008
• 1,770 full-time equivalent employees
• 535 net new jobs projected for 2010

“Our state’s strong entrepreneurial spirit is helping to move Colorado forward,” Gov. Bill Ritter said. “The Colorado Companies to Watch program is great way to show appreciation of our home-grown Colorado businesses. These second-stage companies have helped to grow our economy even during tough times.”

About Ska Brewing

Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and now produces over a dozen award-winning beers including the Pinstripe Red Ale, True Blonde Ale and Steel Toe Stout. Three Ska beers are now widely available in cans: ESB Special Ale, True Blonde, and Modus Hoperandi India Pale Ale. For more information and a good time, visit www.skabrewing.com.