GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — In light of National Hispanic Heritage Month, KREX 5 and Fox 4 are honoring the contributions Hispanic Americans make to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

We are featuring the owner of Casabella Flooring in Grand Junction as the first of a series of local stories highlighting Hispanic heritage.

His name is Hector and he found his American dream right here on the Western Slope.

“My country, Mexico, it’s just a hard, hard life over there,” says Hector Contreras, the owner of Casabella Flooring.

Hector has been a business owner in the United States for almost 40 years, originally starting a flooring business in southern California. But hector and his family have been on the Western Slope for the last 15 years running Casabella flooring.

Most could agree running a business comes with its challenges. Hector says under his circumstances. those challenges are greater.

“Being Hispanic is not easy… basically, we have to work twice,” says Hector.

Hard work has been the key for Hector and the rest of western Colorado’s Hispanic community. “The Hispanic community, basically where ever we go, we are hard workers,” says Hector.

During Hector’s time in Grand Junction, he’s seen massive growth in the Hispanic community. A large part of that growth has been in Hispanic owned businesses.

“I think the Hispanic community here is very important,” says Hector.

Ultimately, Hector came to the United States for a better life, and through hard work and dedication, he got it.

“I was an orphan… didn’t have no parents,” says Hector.

When he came to the states, he knew what he had to do.

“I have to work hard, be honest, and respect the law… basically. So, I am here, working hard, respecting the law…and respecting my community… that’s all I need,” says Hector.

Hard work pays off. Casabella Flooring is getting an upgrade, Hector is about to move his showroom to a space twice the size of his current location, and we wish him the very best of luck.

For more information on Casabella Flooring, click here.