Just ask West Star Aviation, the area’s premier FBO, which boasts a 10,500′ runway at Grand Junction Regional Airport.  

With over 400 employees and a payroll that exceeds $18 million, West Star Aviation is a leading employer and pillar in the Grand Valley business community.

But they are only a small portion of the local industry, which includes engineers, consultants, manufacturers and pioneers in the UAV Industry.

“In a nationwide search for a location to start his business and raise his family, [Ed Armstrong] chose Grand Junction for its quality of life, outdoor recreational opportunities and an economic environment in which his business could be successful and grow…”

– Armstrong Consultants, Inc.

Fly with the best

West Start Aviation | Wren Industries, Inc. | Jabil Lewis Engineering, Inc. | Twin Otter International | Mesa County Sheriff’s Office | Armstrong Consultants | Draganfly Innovations, Inc. | Colorado Flight Center

West Star Aviation Hangar Grand JunctionMeet a pillar of the Grand Valley aviation industry:  West Star Aviation


Six Reasons to Fly in the Grand Valley


The Grand Junction Regional Airport is a designated Colorado Aviation Development Zone, offering aircraft manufacturers special tax benefits.
West Star offers aviation maintenance in Grand Junction, CO


As Colorado’s first Jump-Start tax credit zone, a designated Hub Zone and an Enterprise Zone, Mesa County in the Grand Valley offers innovators in aviation and aerospace plenty of opportunities to grow and succeed.


The year-round mild climate and natural topography makes for a great testing ground for advanced sensor testing.


The FAA recognizes the Grand Valley as an ideal place for UAV operations – 14 operators have been Certificates of Authorization here, including the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.


With an expanding engineering program and a new pilot training program, Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction is committed to supplying local business with the right talent.
West Star offers aviation maintenance in Grand Junction, CO


Colorado has the perfect atmosphere for aerospace. In the U.S., the state ranks first in private aerospace employment and 2nd in NASA prime contracts.

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Industry News and Events

Reynolds Polymer Technology Named 2019 Top Company

Coloradobiz magazine has released its 2019 Top Company rankings and Grand Junction-based Reynolds Polymer Technology earned first spot in the manufacturing category. As the publication notes: "In its 32nd year, ColoradoBiz is proud to celebrate

  • CoorsTek expands in Grand Junction CO 7.2019

CoorsTek Expands in Grand Junction

July 29, 2019 - Last week, The Daily Sentinel broke the news that CoorsTek will be expanding its facilities in Grand Junction: "The technical ceramics manufacturer, which makes parts for the automotive, aerospace, medical and

Wren Industries Wins Manufacturer of the Year

April 12, 2019 - Last week,  Wren Industries won a Colorado Manufacturing Award for Aerospace Manufacturer of the Year. And, on  the same day, the Grand Junction-based business was named among the 100 finalists for

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