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Manufacturers Celebrate at ColoradoBiz's Made in Colorado 2016 Event

Posted March 06, 2016

Photo ofManufacturers Celebrate at ColoradoBiz's Made in Colorado 2016 Eventby Tender Belly
With about 140,000 Coloradans working in manufacturing, there’s a lot to celebrate. On March 3, machinists, and welders, engineers and designers, sewers, painters, brewers, butchers and more, gathered for the 4th annual Made in Colorado manufacturer’s forum and awards program. This year, ColoradoBiz focused on celebrating the human stories behind the skills and physical objects. With abilities to craft and create with such high precision, the makers in attendance and highlighted inside the pages of the magazine deem their work more than just a job, but rather a personality, a lifestyle, a calling. Since offshoring accelerated in the 1990s, there’s been a growing disconnect between the education required and the necessary skills for these jobs. Such talent is in high demand in Colorado and beyond, and there’s an active push to close the gap. That's why Made in Colorado exists – the business-to-business connections, the sharing of stories and commitments to products and processes. Putting that all under one roof for a collection of conversations is the way for ColoradoBiz to move the needle toward progress for the sector as a whole. The day opened with a luncheon and B2B lounge where manufacturers were exclusively invited to talk about technology and software solutions within the industry. To kickoff the afternoon program, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock spoke of the strength of the manufacturing sector in Colorado’s capital and beyond and pointed to companies the city’s population takes great pride in Thereafter, five Made in Colorado award categories were identified and one winner from each was selected: Most Innovative Manufacturer
  • Winner – Terumo BCT
  • Finalist – Hach Co.
  • Finalist – Sierra Nevada Corp.’s Space Systems
Best of Food & Beverage
  • Winner – Tender Belly
  • Finalist­ – Grateful Bread Co.
  • Finalist – Ska Brewing
Most Ethically Produced
  • Winner ­­ – Women’s Bean Project
  • Finalist – Growing Spaces
  • Finalist – Knotty Tie
Emerging Manufacturer of the Year
  • Winner – Lifeloc Technologies
  • Finalist ­– KMLabs
  • Finalist – Agribotix
Top Designed Goods
  • Winner – Topo Designs
  • Finalist – Winter Session
  • Finalist – The Azure Furniture Co.
Following the awards program three food and beverage manufacturers arrived on stage for a panel conversation moderated by Kreg Brown, partner at EKS&H. The panelists included Matt Shifrin, COO of Breckenridge Distillery, John Roelke, VP of sales and marketing for Continental Sausage, and Koel Thomae, co-founder of Noosa Yoghurt. The three individuals spoke on the trials and tribulations within their individual product categories as well as shared opportunities, insights and intentions for the future of their businesses. Finally, the list of the Top 250 Manufacturers of 2016 was unveiled at the event. Please read on to see who made the list this year:
300 Days of Shine
34 Degrees
Acme Neon
Action Publishing
Advanced Circuits
AIA Industries
Alchemy Bicycle Co.
Aleph Objects
All American Seasonings
Alpen High Performance Products
Apogee Scientific Inc.
Ardent Mills
Arrow Sheet Metal
Atlas Pacific Engineering
Aurora Organic Dairy
Avago Technologies
Avalon Acoustics
Avery Brewing
Azure Furniture Co.
Ball Aerospace
Bear Creek Distillery
Bennett Forgeworks
Bhakti Chai
Big B's
Big Chill
Billings Artworks
Birdon America
Bison Innovative Products
Bobo's Oat Bars
Bold Lead Designs
Bonnies Balms Inc.
Borealis Fat Bikes
Boulder Amplifiers
Boulder Clean
Boulder Granola
Boulder Organic Foods
Brayden Automation Corp.
Breckenridge Brewery
Breckenridge Distillery
Brekhus Tile & Stone
Canino's Sausage Co. Inc.
Carlson Vineyards
Caroba Plastics
Celestial Seasonings
Circle Graphics
Clear Intentions
Climax Jerky
Codi Manufacturing Inc.
Colorado Aromatics
Colorado Automation and Design Inc
Colorado Cider Co.
Colorado Cylinder Stoves
Colorado Hardscapes
Colorado Malting Co.
Colorado Plastics
Columbine Label Co.
Community Power Corporation
ConcealFab Corp.
Confluence Energy
Connor Wood Bicycles LLC
Continental Sausage
Corvus Coffee
Coyote Gold Margaritas
Crescent Moon Snowshoes
Curt Mangan Guitar Strings
Danny Cash Unlimited
David Rasmussen Designs
DaVinci Sign Systems Inc.
Decadence Gourmet
Deerhammer Distilling Co.
DeLine Box Co.
Denver Beer Co.
Denver Machine Shop
Denver Tent Co.
Display Devices
Distortions Unlimited
Diversified Machine Systems
Donek Snowboards Inc.
Dry Dock Brewing
Eagle Claw
Ed Dwight / foundry
Eddyline Brewing
Ela Family Farms
Eldon James
Eldorado Climbing Walls
Elevation Beer Co.
Epocs Manufacturing Inc.
Feisty Spirits
Finishing Professionals LLC
Fire Within
Frame Your Story
Freeride Systems/Fulsus
Fusion Specialties
Gamma 2 Robotics
Grateful Bread
Great Divide Brewing
Hach Co.
Hacienda Maize
Hammond's Candies
Henry Bergeson Kaleidoscopes
High Performance Engineering
Honey House Distillery
I P Automation
Ice-O-Matic (ALI Group)
Ink Monstr
Innovative Water Technologies
Intertech Plastics
Intrex Aerospace
ISH Limited
Jackson's Honest Potato Chips
Janska LLC
Jeff Rowland Design Group
JK Concepts
Johnson & Held
Kannah Creek Brewing Co.
Knotty Tie Co.
Kuni Furniture
Laws Whiskey House
Lemongrass Spa Products
Lenz Sport
Leprino Foods
Leptron Systems
Lifeloc Technologies
Little Colorado Inc.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Luna Gourmet Coffee & Tea Co.
Mary's Medicinals
Maxey Trailers
Meier Skis
Melanzana Mountain Gear
Micro Metals
Mile High Orthotics Lab
Milstein's Pure
Modular Robotics
Molson Coors
Montanya Rum
MouCo Cheese Co.
Mount Sopris Instrument Co.
Mountain Racing Products
Mountainside Medical
Mullen Guitars
Munro Companies
Natural Food Works
Never Summer Industries
New Belgium Brewing
Odell Brewing
Oliver Manufacturing
OME Banjos
Omerica Organic
OZ Snowboards
Paleo Meals to Go
Paradox Beer Co.
Peach Street Distillers
pewag chain
Pewag Traction Chain
Pikes Peak Brewing Co.
Phunkshun Wear
Playtime LLC
Primus Metals
Pure Cultures
PureVision Technology
Rainbow Plastics
Raquelita's Tortillas
Reata Engineering
Redstone Meadery
Reynolds Polymer
Ross Reels
RPC Manufacturing Solutions
Rubadue Wire
S&H Products
Savante Wine Cellars
Schacht Spindle Co. Inc
Schlosser Signs Inc.
ScottyBob Skis
Sierra Nevada Corp. Space Systems
Sigma Metals
Ska Brewing Co.
SOM Footwear
Spirit Hound Distillers
Stacy Machine & Tooling Inc.
Steelhead Composites
Sticker Giant
Sutcliffe Vineyards
Sweet & Saucy
Talon Wine Brands
Telluride Brewing Co.
Tender Belly
Terry Ludwig Pastels LLC
The Dough Source
The Real Dill
The Whole Works
Titan Robotics Ltd
Topo Designs
Trine Aerospace & Defense
Tuff Shed
Unique Natural Products
Universal Plastics Inc.
Value Plastics
VAIREX air systems
Wadsworth Controls
Wagner Custom Skis
Walker Manufacturing
Wana Brands
What we Love the winery
Wild Goose Canning
Wild Zora
Winter Session
Wisdom Rides
Wolf Robotics
Women's Bean Project
Wood's High Mountain Distillery
Wren Industries
Zeon Corp.
Zybek Advenced Products
Bacon Every Month Club