One measure of manufacturing’s improbable decade-long comeback is the list of Colorado Manufacturing Awards (CMA) past finalists and winners, from the inaugural event in 2016 to last year. Today it’s a roster of recognizable companies and brands that collectively, has become a national model for manufacturing’s new industrial mix.

Colorado companies and people continue to shine. In this 8th annual CMA program, manufacturers were nominated in four broad industry categories that at once capture Colorado’s distinctive diversity, but at the same time recognize both sides of the supply chain — contractor and supplier.

Here then, are the list of finalists in two categories: Technology Manufacturing and Industrial & Equipment Manufacturing. Two winners will emerge from each category, a Manufacturer of the Year and Contract Manufacturer of the Year.

In the next CO Mfg. Report, we’ll showcase finalists in Consumer Manufacturing and Craft Food & Beverage Manufacturing, Colorado Manufacturing Woman of the Year finalists, and Colorado Manufacturing Advocate of the Year finalists.

Industrial & Equipment Manufacturing | Finalists

Windsor’s Walker Manufacturing inspires a passion for its products reserved for a select group of American companies. The quiet company stays focused on customers and employees, but the loyalty and enthusiasm for its bulletproof mowers speaks volumes. Grand Junction’s Munro Companies manufactures and assembles professional-grade valves and other irrigation equipment, but also is an important anchor in the Western Slope’s underpublicized industrial sector. It also includes GJ’s ski-lift icon Leitner-Poma, a company known for its rugged mountain-based solutions even as it eyes growth in urban transportation systems.

Denver’s LTM Plastics is transforming injection molding into a high-tech affair, with outcomes that promise to improve U.S. global competitiveness. Louisville’s AMP Robotics is utilizing AI at scale in equipment that sorts and processes millions of disparate recyclable products and pieces to improve the “global recycling system.” Denver’s RK Mission Critical taps a history of regional infrastructure contributions to build more sustainable modular building solutions to crypto-mining and other growth industries.

Technology Manufacturing | Finalists

Colorado Springs-based Blue Line Engineering is a key contributor in Lockheed Martin’s aerospace supply chain and a standout player in Colorado’s rich ecosystem. Neighboring dpiX gives the Springs two standout finalists, and the global leader in a-Si technology is also a semiconductor foundry and rising star in America’s industry push. Loveland’s Vergent Products is a design-to-manufacturing contract specialist with multi-industry ties and a growing regional facility footprint.

Thornton’s nanoscience standout Forge Nano continues its rapid global rise providing key materials at microscale for a cross-section of industrial clients. Also in Thornton, Intrex Aerospace is bringing advanced machining and fabricating acumen to aerospace OEMs alongside standouts like Blue Line Engineering. And Berthoud’s Ursa Major Technologies‘ rocket engines hold promise in resetting America’s lagging global position in propulsion systems for space launch and emerging hypersonic defense systems.

View the Finalists in Consumer Product and Craft Food & Beverage Manufacturing here>>

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.