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The tools created by StoneAge utilize high power and sometimes rotating water sprays. The gadgets are used on everything from power plants to oil refineries to ship yards.

The company says the tools are a greener option for companies, replacing chemicals or sandblasting.

StoneAge was founded more than 30 years ago in Durango, close to the mining industry. Early on, the tools were used to drill holes in rock faces for explosives.

While that industry went away, the company decided to stay in Colorado.

"Even though we've had a lot of companies come in and offer to buy us we always say, 'thank you, but no thank you.' We'd like to be in charge of our own destiny and remain in Durango and create jobs for the local community and the state of Colorado," CEO Kerry Petranek said.

While StoneAge is constantly working to develop new tools in Durango, they actually outsource the actual manufacturing to other companies. They, however, are dedicated to keeping that work in the United States at domestic machine shops.

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