Location is the primary attraction for major corporations and small-to-medium-size businesses in Windsor. With an economically strategic position between the state capitals of Denver and Cheyenne, Wyoming, Windsor is centrally located to major markets. The town also has a major transportation advantage by being near Interstate 25, a major north-south route in Colorado. Adding to this, the Great Western Industrial Park, a 1,400-acre complex owned by Great Western, benefits from the Great Western Railway, which offers interchanges with both Union Pacific and BNSF Railway.
Proximity to several other larger cities is also an economic boom for Windsor. Surrounded by the communities of Greeley (pop. 93,000), Loveland (pop. 61,000) and Fort Collins (pop. 132,000), Windsor is ensured of having a diverse consumer base and plentiful workforce necessary to support businesses located within the community.
More than 100 years ago, the town’s major industry was sugar beets. Built by the original German immigrants, the first factory in Windsor was owned by the Great Western Sugar Co, which operated until the late 1960s before closing its doors. Fortunately for Windsor, an agriculture-based economy would eventually give way to one that reflects the town’s dynamic and contemporary trend of urbanization.
Now such commodities as metal, glass, ethanol, wind turbines, digital film and medical products are just a few examples of goods manufactured in Windsor. Companies as diverse as Kodak, Front Range Energy, O-I Bottle Company, Universal Forest Products, Metal Container Corporation, Vestas Blades America and Carestream Health have operations that are located in Windsor and employ nearly 3,500 people.
In addition, clean energy has become a major focus for Northern Colorado with Windsor now home to several renewable-energy technologies supported by such entities as Ice Energy, Vestas Blades America and Front Range Energy Ethanol Plant.