EVANSTON — Due to Chamber Executive Director Tammy Halliday’s absence, assistant Janika Tyler led the Chamber of Commerce luncheon held at the Uinta County Library on Thursday, June 13.
Tyler began by thanking Chamber Diamond sponsors, including First Bank, Uinta County, City of Evanston and the Uinta County Herald, and the Star member, Salt River Orthopaedics. She also welcomed new Chamber members, including Moonflower Yoga, Uinta County Democrats, Sagebrush Theatre and Sugar Bear’s Bakery.
Aspen Grove Nursery was honored as the Business of the Month.
Lupita Palma and Scotty Heckert from NGL Connection were the guest speakers and alternately presented information on the history of NGL, current services, employees and future plans.
NGL was started in 2004 in Colorado by brothers Greg and David Jones. They provide services over the southwest corner of Wyoming and currently have 20 employees. Greg Jones heads up the computer services aspect of the business and David Jones is the network engineer.
According to a flyer distributed at the luncheon, the Jones brothers grew up without internet access, outside Craig, Colorado, so they found a solution to their problem. As teenagers they developed a way to send a signal through the air utilizing a friend’s existing service.
They were soon asked to provide the service for their neighborhood and their business was born. The solution they developed has grown into a business that delivers high-speed internet to thousands of homes in rural southwest Wyoming and into rural parts of northern Utah.
Their invention provides high-speed internet service through a network of links carried by towers to antennas on the structures receiving NGL Connection’s services. NGL specializes in serving remote areas.
They provide on-site support services and have expanded their operations to provide remote management and technician services for both business and residential clients. This allows them to service computers that are located anywhere in the country. NGL technicians also repair computers and resolve hardware issues.
“NGL Connections believes in giving back to the community. Last year we gave donations to five different organizations. Our motto is, ‘Together we can do more,’” Heckert said.
When asked if NGL would expand into selling retail computer products when they moved into the old Post Office building, Palma answered, “We are talking about the possibility of an Internet café there and are currently doing research on that. It isn’t a given, just something we are tossing around for now.”