As Denver flashed its diversified manufacturing economy in the first wave of CMA finalists announced last week, a Colorado Springs-based contingent emerges in this second group of industry finalists, even as Northern Colorado continues to make its case as the the most growth-oriented manufacturing community in Colorado.
Colorado Springs' Titan Robotics and Montrose's Mayfly Outdoors lead an innovative group in contention for the inaugural Advanced Manufacturing and Machining Award, racking up the most points in a two-round assessment of machining and operational acumen.
The state's bioscience industry is often a quiet contributor to regional manufacturing, yet finalists in the Bioscience/Medical CMA speak loudly as one of the strongest finalist contingents in the 2020 Awards. Molecular Products, a Bioscience finalist, also contributes Angie Hellstern, one of four women selected among nominations in the Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing category, sponsored by the Colorado chapter of Women in Manufacturing.
Throw a dart at a map to locate any of a hundred quality brewers or distillers that dot the state. Colorado's craft beverage stalwarts are among the new power players in America's beer and spirits market -- and continue to innovate to the delight of a growing number of consumers. Change agents, indeed.
Finally, Colorado's major cannabis manufacturers and brands are leaders in the emerging national industry, and finalists in the second annual Cannabis Manufacturer of the Year award carry an even heavier industry load. Finalists this year documented progress in achieving safer, more professional operations through key certifications and audits, crucial for a sector still fighting for legitimacy -- and trust.
2020 Colorado Manufacturing Awards Finalists
Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing, with Women in Manufacturing's Colorado chapter
Debra Wilcox, The 3D Printing Store
Heidi Hostetter, Faustson Tool / H2
Susan Frank, TEI Rock Drills
Angie Hellstern, Molecular Products
Outstanding Bioscience Manufacturer
MBio Diagnostics, Boulder
Molecular Products, Louisville
Outstanding Cannabis Manufacturer
Medically Correct, Denver
Stillwater Brands, Denver
Hemp Depot, Colorado Springs
Outstanding Craft Distiller
Mythology Distillery, Denver
Storm King Distilling Co., Montrose
Dry Land Distillers, Longmont
Advanced Manufacturing & Machining Award
Columbine Label Co., Centennial
Mayfly Outdoors, Montrose
Titan Robotics, Colorado Springs
Outstanding Craft Brewer
Goat Patch Brewing Company, Colorado Springs
High Hops Brewery, Windsor
Dry Dock Brewing Co., Aurora
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Here’s the first group:
Outstanding Food Brand/Copacker
Ready Foods, Denver
American Outdoor Products, Boulder
Honey Smoked Fish Holdings, Denver
Innovative Product -- Design-to-Manufacture
Guerrilla Gravity, Denver
TEI Rock Drills, Montrose
Outstanding Consumer Brand
Black Hound Design Company, Arvada
Meier Skis, Denver
Aerospace Manufacturer of the Year
Outstanding Energy & Environmental Manufacturer
VAIREX air systems, Boulder
Winery of the Year
Carboy Winery, Littleton
The Storm Cellar, Hotchkiss
Buckel Family Wine, Gunnison
Building & Construction Manufacturer of the Year
Tharp Cabinets, Loveland
Industrial/Equipment Manufacturer of the Year
TEI Rock Drills, Montrose
Right Stuff Equipment, Denver
Panther Industries, Highlands Ranch