An enthusiastic crowd braved snowy conditions in Denver to gather March 10 as finalists were announced in the 2022 Colorado Manufacturing Awards (CMAs). The seventh annual program recognizes manufacturers and people across multiple manufacturing industries.

Bart Taylor, CompanyWeek publisher and co-presenter of the CMAs along with Colorado MEP Manufacturer’s Edge, welcomed the luncheon gathering by noting that two years ago in March, CMA finalists and alumni convened at the same event, one clouded by COVID-19. “This was the last event many of us attended before the lockdown. It felt like we had one foot out the door,” said Taylor.

Taylor mentioned “bookending the pandemic” with this year’s feat, and brought back two Colorado manufacturers interviewed in 2020 — Left Hand Brewing’s co-founder Eric Wallace and Allosource CEO Tom Cycyota — to speak with the group about a tumultuous two years and the path ahead.

Cycyota’s Allosource was also named a finalist in the Bioscience Manufacturer of the Year category, after clawing back losses from a direct, COVID-related hit. Allosource anchors a deep Bioscience category, with last year’s winner, Englewood-based Leiters, also a finalist alongside Fort Collins-based Tolmar.

The Colorado Manufacturing Woman of the Year finalists are Diana Hall, ActivArmor; Heather Bulk, Special Aerospace Services; and Karen Hertz with Holidaily Brewing Co. Heidi Hostetter, the 2021 winner, announced the finalists.

Northern Colorado again flashed its manufacturing bona fides, with about one third of all finalists hailing from Boulder County and northward.

CompanyWeek will preview all of the finalists in the lead up to the April 7 CMA Winners Reveal & Gala — open to all Colorado business enthusiasts and stakeholders.

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Here are the finalists in all categories:

Advanced Machining & Manufacturing Award

Sundyne, Arvada

Hirsh Precision, Boulder

Focused on Machining, Louviers

Colorado Manufacturing Woman of the Year

Diana Hall, ActivArmor

Heather Bulk, Special Aerospace Services

Karen Hertz, Holidaily Brewing Co.

Innovative Product of the Year

Veil Intimates, Denver

ROXBOX Containers, Denver

Geyser Systems, Montrose

Consumer Brand of the Year

Tailwind Nutrition, Durango

Xero Shoes, Broomfield/Denver

Mountain Racing Products, Grand Junction

Building/Construction Manufacturer of the Year

Studio Shed, Louisville

ROXBOX Containers, Denver


Aerospace Manufacturer of the Year

S&DC Corp. / MBK Machine, Longmont

Barber-Nichols, Arvada

Armite Lubricants, Lafayette

Bioscience Manufacturer of the Year

AlloSource, Centennial

Leiters, Englewood

Tolmar, Fort Collins

Industrial/Equipment Manufacturer of the Year

Snaptron, Windsor

Wire Experts Group / Rubadue Wire, Loveland

Right Stuff Equipment, Denver

Energy/Transportation Manufacturer of the Year

Solid Power, Louisville

Wire Experts Group / Rubadue Wire, Loveland

Lightning eMotors, Loveland

Food Brand/Co-Packer Manufacturer of the Year

Trisco Foods, Colorado Springs

Bobo’s, Boulder

Meati Foods, Louisville

Colorado Winery of the Year

Carboy Winery, Littleton

Sauvage Spectrum, Palisade

atōst, Golden

Craft Distillery of the Year

Laws Whiskey House , Denver

Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse, Denver

Copper Sky Distillery, Longmont

Cannabis Manufacturer of the Year

ECS Brands, Boulder

NuVue Pharma, Pueblo

Craft Brewery of the Year

Sanitas Brewing Company, Boulder

Denver Beer Company / Cerveceria Colorado, Denver

Crooked Stave, Denver

Holidaily Brewing Co., Golden

Pictured below, from top left, clockwise:

Tom Cycyota, Allosource; Heidi Hostetter, H2 Manufacturing Solutions; Meghan Marsden, Veil Intimates; Eric Wallace, Left Hand Brewing Co.; Glenn Plagens, Manufacturers Edge; Jessica Wilber, Focused On Machining;