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‘Connection’ in place

Australia Steamboat connection looks for new home

The Australia Steamboat Connection isn’t about to be disconnected.

Company president and owner Jacquie Lewis said this week she is selling her 4-year-old executive office and warehouse building, but she isn’t relocating her company.

“We’re very committed to being here,” Lewis said. “But we’d like to build another building better suited to our present needs.”

Australia Steamboat Con–nection develops Australian suppliers for cosmetics and beauty supplies, as well as housewares, and then distributes them throughout North America and, increasingly, in Europe. The expansion into bulkier houseware products has created a need to store more products in Steamboat Springs, Lewis said.

“With our physical warehouse space, we’re very hard-pressed in 2005 and beyond,” she said.

Lewis said that although there are difficulties in maintaining global shipping operations from Northwest Colorado, her business has been able manage them.

The three-story building, which has wood siding and log accents, offers 15 offices and a 4,000-square-foot warehouse.

The individual suppliers represented by Australia Steamboat Connection offer a wide range of products, including scented bath confetti in the shape of flower petals, consumable spa products, earrings, traditional cosmetics, stationery, decorative picture frames, and mango wood bowls and vases.

Operations Director David Eiland said Australia Steamboat Connection has 13 employees in Steamboat, including three regional sales directors. He has an accounting background and came to his position from one with Nextel Communications.

Before moving into the location on Hilltop Parkway, the company was in a small building on Downhill Drive.

Lewis said four years in the new building have convinced her of the benefits of providing an attractive workspace for her employees. She hasn’t selected a site for the new building, but she is determined to match the qualities of the current building. It offers high ceilings and views of the surrounding mountains. Those qualities contribute to staff morale, she said.

“We’re keen to have a new building that suits where our company has grown to,” Lewis said. “We’re not going to compromise on our working environment in our new location.”

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