Phoenix Haus, a business that creates sustainable homes, moved to Grand Junction from Michigan a few years ago to bring the company closer to a largely western client base. Thanks to its proprietary methods, the company was able to participate in the Jump-Start tax credit program, which allows businesses in Colorado to operate virtually tax free for up to eight years. In addition, Phoenix Haus was able to tap in to a skilled reserve of ex-energy workers to build its local workforce. Bill McDonald, founder and CEO, recently reflected on the company’s move to the Western Slope in this article for The Daily Sentinel:
“As a child, Bill McDonald suffered from severe allergies to the point where doctors recommended he not go outside for days. His home, like most others in the mid-1990s, did not have sufficient fresh air ventilation systems, which can exacerbate allergies.
That experience, along with the demand for renewable energy and energy efficiency, inspired McDonald to pursue a career in creating sustainable homes. He and his sister, Kate McDonald, now run Phoenix Haus, a company that specializes in producing passive buildings, which are essentially energy efficient houses.
Phoenix Haus began in Michigan. But they were forming a strong customer base in Colorado and decided to move to Grand Junction. This cut down shipping costs and offered a chance to be closer to the people living in their products.
‘We were sending a lot of our products out west so the move made sense,’Bill said. ‘The Grand Junction Economic Partnership’s Jump-Start program really helped our move. We’re also close to so many outdoor activities. It’s been great here.'”Read the full article in The Daily Sentinel.
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Featured image pulled from The Daily Sentinel article and features Phoenix Haus founder and CEO Bill McDonald at the company’s model build on the Grand Mesa.