Montrose Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) honored Colorado Yurt Company with the 2022 Economic Development Award at their Annual Meeting on March 10th. The award is designed to recognize companies in Montrose who have a positive impact and contribute to the economic growth and stability of the community and the region through job creation and capital investment.
Colorado Yurt is a global manufacturing company that makes yurts, tipis, and tents. John and Kelly Gibson purchased the company in January of 2020 from Dan and Emma Kiger, who founded the company in 1976.
Over the last two years, and through John Gibson’s entrepreneurial spirit, the company has experienced accelerated growth, nearly doubling their employment base from 37 to 68. They continue to attract potential employees desiring to join the company weekly.
Covid hit within three months of the Gibson’s purchasing the business. John quickly retooled the company to manufacture much needed Personal Protection Equipment to help first responders. In addition, they built tipis and donated them to local restaurants to help them continue doing business by serving customers outdoors.
Due to their exponential growth, the Gibson’s are currently constructing a 30,000 square foot manufacturing facility on 2 acres in the Colorado Outdoors development in Montrose. The property will include a public park area with yurts, tipis and tents set up and completely furnished to allow individuals to experience life in the structures.
At MEDC’s meeting, Colorado Yurt announced a name change. The new umbrella name brand for the company is now, “Secret Creek.” In John’s words, “Secret Creek is where you get away to connect with the outdoors - away from the pressures of life.” The products they manufacture will still carry the names they are known for, Colorado Yurts, Earthworks Tipis, and Destination Tents.
The goal for Secret Creek is to create global waves in outdoor experiences and to expand into a new generation of products that will enhance outdoor education and create new and exciting experiences.
For further information about Secret Creek go to: www.ColoradoYurt.com