Business Digest: Companies form joint venture

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor

Engineering firm ARES Corp. and Blue Sun Biodiesel have formed a joint venture to improve biodiesel processing technology and to build biodiesel production facilities in North America, according to a press release.

The new company — ARES Blue Sun Development — has already selected a site in Clovis to build a biodiesel plant. When completed, the facility will produce 15 million gallons of biodiesel.

ARES Blue Sun will break ground on the facility during the first quarter of this year. ARES will provide project management services for the construction and operation of the plant.

ARES is headquartered in Burlingame, Calif., with New Mexico offices in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Los Alamos.

Blue Sun is based in Fort Collins, Colo.

Clovis MainStreet officials honored
Two Clovis MainStreet officials were recognized at the MainStreet Winter Conference in Santa Fe, according to a news release.

Executive Director Robyne Beaubien was honored for completing the managers orientation training and the Design Institute. Board member Marty Tressell was recognized for completing the Economic Positioning Institute.

The Design and Economic Positioning institutes are part of the New Mexico MainStreet Institutes, and provide training in skill building and the MainStreet approach, the release said.

Chamber breakfast set for CyberCity
The monthly breakfast of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is 7 a.m. Friday at CyberCity, 2214 N. Main St., Hilltop Plaza.

Contact the Chamber at 763-3435 for details.

Business Digest is compiled by CNJ News Editor Jean Verlich. She may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail: