In early 2017, I wrote that Fort Collins/Loveland had become Colorado’s top manufacturing community. The list of finalists for this year’s Colorado Manufacturing Awards (CMAs) suggests I wasn’t far off. Throw in Berthoud, Longmont, Greeley, and Fort Lupton, and 11 of the 37 finalists call northern Colorado home. This standout group reflects northern Colorado’s growing stature as a regional manufacturing powerhouse.

Yet the entire list of finalists, companies from a dozen manufacturing industries across the state, projects again what no single column or awards program can: Manufacturing is again an economic dynamo, a sector ripe with possibilities. From companies you know, to accomplished industry performers and upstart brands, manufacturing’s broad and deep comeback is the big takeaway from this year’s CMAs.

And we’re just getting started.

Join us in person on April 4 in Denver as we celebrate manufacturing and announce winners from the following head-turning group of finalists. As a bonus, we’ll peek across the border and recognize Manufacturers of the Year from Wyoming and New Mexico. And for the first time, we’ll acknowledge the singular work of three individuals and anoint a Manufacturing Advocate of the Year.

Finally, several Colorado trade groups have been integral to identifying worthy companies inside their memberships and out, companies that dot the list below. Their work in advancing the interests of their members and constituencies, and to advancing Colorado manufacturing, is key to this program. Thanks to all for just saying yes. Those partners are also listed below.

See you in April.

2019 Colorado Manufacturing Awards Finalists

Industrial/Equipment Manufacturer of the Year

Merritt Aluminum Products Company, Fort Lupton

StickerGiant, Longmont

Titan Robotics, Colorado Springs

Outstanding Craft Distiller

Distillery 291, Colorado Springs

Golden Moon Distillery, Golden

Laws Whiskey House, Denver

Bioscience/Medical Manufacturer of the Year

Cambrex, Longmont

Infectious Disease Research Center at Colorado State University, Ft. Collins

Osypka Medtec, Longmont

Outstanding Outdoor Industry Brand

Guerrilla Gravity, Denver

Ross Reels, Montrose

Topo Designs, Denver

Outstanding Cannabis Manufacturer

Green Dot Labs, Boulder

Medically Correct / incredibles, Denver

Wana Brands, Boulder

Builder/Construction Company of the Year

Encore Electric, Lakewood

RK, Denver

Tharp Cabinet Company, Loveland

Outstanding Food Brand

Boulder Organic Foods, Boulder

Teton Waters Ranch, Denver

Wild Zora, Loveland

Outstanding Consumer/Lifestyle Brand

Boyer’s Coffee, Denver

Voormi, Pagosa Springs

Vortic Watch Co., Ft. Collins

Outstanding Contract Manufacturer

Custom Microwave, Longmont

Ingram Machining, Broomfield

High Precision Devices, Boulder

Cogitic, Colorado Springs

Outstanding Craft Brewer

Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins

TRVE Brewing Co., Denver

WeldWerks Brewing, Greeley

Aerospace/Electronics Manufacturer of the Year

Barber-Nichols, Arvada

Special Aerospace Services, Boulder

Wren Industries, Grand Junction

Energy Manufacturer of the Year

Bolder Industries, Boulder

CoorsTek, Golden

Solid Power, Louisville

Manufacturing Advocate of the Year

George Newman, Front Range Community College

Robin Kniech, Denver City Council, At-Large

Tom Neppl, Springs Fabrication

Thanks to our trade partners:

Category winners will be announced at the Colorado Manufacturing Awards ceremony and reception April 4. Click here for tickets.