We end 2020 where we began, knee-deep in manufacturing companies and business leaders that comprise this remarkable sector.

We published 225 in-depth profiles of manufacturing and supply-chain companies, across a dozen or so distinct industries. We recognized 42 company finalists in the 2020 Colorado Manufacturing Awards, and four outstanding Colorado Women in Manufacturing finalists. We profiled Utah’s Manufacturer of the Year. We reported on multiple California contract manufacturers literally changing the game for OEMs and brands that want more made domestically.

We reported on growth industries changing the character of U.S. manufacturing — through the lens of locally-inspired food and beverage makers, outdoor industry upstarts choosing the hard path of manufacturing domestically, satellite makers and equipment manufacturers fueling a regional surge in aerospace, bioscience, and industrial equipment.

We reported on cannabis manufacturers across the U.S., companies that in ’21 will be the poster companies of a safer, more mainstream industry that voters continue to embrace.

We published 111 editions of CompanyWeek’s family of Mfg. Reports. We launched weekly Supplier Updates when COVID-19 shuttered the economy and made in-person meetings impossible — a networking platform that evolved into a supply-chain portal called SCoP (pronounced scope).

Soon the 1,420 executives from companies we’ve featured in CompanyWeek since 2013, and all going forward, will be able to use SCoP to message privately with each other. Read about a company needing a new local supplier or materials source? Send them a message through SCoP. If you’ve not been featured, get on the schedule — and be part of a new community, a new regional supply chain, a platform of manufacturers.

Bart Taylor is publisher of CompanyWeek. Reach him at btaylor@companyweek.com.