After previewing the finalists for Technology Manufacturing and Industrial & Equipment Manufacturing at the upcoming 2023 Colorado Manufacturing Awards, the spotlight is on the contenders for trophies in the Consumer Product Manufacturing and Craft Food & Beverage Manufacturing categories.

Consumer Product Manufacturer of the Year

Buena Vista’s Fading West is modeling growth by meeting the acute need for affordable housing, and as more and more pre-manufactured homes leave its mountain factory, people benefit and great things happen — as they also do at Denver’s mission-driven Mile High WorkShop, a second-chance employment engine that puts light assembly and manufacturing work at the center of people’s lives in support of needy OEMs and brands.

Golden’s Supertramp Campers is doing overland campers right, crafting innovative and eye-opening composite shells — light, strong, and clearly the future. Pueblo’s Boreas Campers is a worthy adversary, fattening up this fast-growth outdoor industry category for CMA judges to sort out.

One of Colorado’s most iconic consumer brands, Denver’s Topo Designs has aptly navigated obstacles that litter the path for gear and apparel brands, and more growth beckons. Another Denver standout, HookFish Manufacturing continues to fill the acute need many apparel brands have for regional contract manufacturing. Louisville’s Quicksilver Scientific just doesn’t seem to slow down, tapping the global boom in health and beauty commerce.

Craft Food & Beverage Manufacturer of the Year

Boulder’s Claremont Foods is a leader among a superlative batch of co-manufacturers that continue to catalyze growth for Colorado’s signature industry. Denver’s Polidori Sausage builds on incredible products and deep ties to the community to sustain success. Boulder denizen Sanitas Brewing Company is widening its community gaze with a key expansion into Englewood.

In Bailey, Aspen Peak Cellars‘ wines are recent Governor’s Cup winners, but the story only starts with wine. Durango’s upstart Farm to Summit is perfecting “gourmet dehydrated meals sustainably.” And Colorado’s cornucopia of food and beverage brands couldn’t go to market without key partners in the supply chain like Colorado Springs-based Packaging Express.

Look for more coverage of the 2023 Colorado Manufacturing Awards finalists in the next CO Mfg. Report.

Join us on the afternoon of Thursday May 11 for the CMA Gala & Winners Reveal to celebrate one of America’s most compelling manufacturing outposts.


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