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SDS work spawned business opportunity

December 27, 2014 Updated: December 27, 2014 at 7:08 pm
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Brenda Hofer saw the cranes, trucks and crew members setting up shop off Marksheffel Road to build a football-size water treatment tank and she had an idea.

She had worked in the construction industry and knew she could fill a niche - a hunger niche.

Three months ago, she opened CC's Construction Catering and drives her food truck out to a 104-acre Colorado Springs Utilities site twice a day and on weekends to feed the estimated 200 workers. She's there in the morning selling coffee and breakfast burritos, and she's there for the shift lunches serving burgers, hot dogs and sausages.

"It's handy, she saves the guys from having to drive off the site," said John Kolkman, construction manager with MWH, the company overseeing the water treatment plan project.

She won't make a million dollars like some of the big contractors supplying pipe or boring tunnels for the 50-mile pipeline and new water treatment plant. The massive Southern Delivery System project has pumped an estimated $489 million into the state's economy through direct contracts.

But the SDS project still turned out to be a business opportunity for Hofer, she said.

The site, to the east of Peterson Air Force Base, is off on its own in vast undeveloped land, making a run for lunch a long haul, Hofer said. She's been there, she said.

"I worked in the construction industry," she said. "Usually, you only get a half-hour for lunch."

Hofer designed and built the food truck with its grill for "fresh food," she said.

She declined to say how much revenue the business is pulling in, but she said: "I have loyal customers. They keep me going."

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