As Denver flashed its diversified manufacturing economy in the first wave of CMA finalists announced last week, a Colorado Springs-based contingent emerges in this second group of industry finalists, even as Northern Colorado continues to make its case as the the most growth-oriented manufacturing community in Colorado.

Colorado Springs’ Titan Robotics and Montrose’s Mayfly Outdoors lead an innovative group in contention for the inaugural Advanced Manufacturing and Machining Award, racking up the most points in a two-round assessment of machining and operational acumen.

The state’s bioscience industry is often a quiet contributor to regional manufacturing, yet finalists in the Bioscience/Medical CMA speak loudly as one of the strongest finalist contingents in the 2020 Awards. Molecular Products, a Bioscience finalist, also contributes Angie Hellstern, one of four women selected among nominations in the Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing category, sponsored by the Colorado chapter of Women in Manufacturing.

Throw a dart at a map to locate any of a hundred quality brewers or distillers that dot the state. Colorado’s craft beverage stalwarts are among the new power players in America’s beer and spirits market — and continue to innovate to the delight of a growing number of consumers. Change agents, indeed.

Finally, Colorado’s major cannabis manufacturers and brands are leaders in the emerging national industry, and finalists in the second annual Cannabis Manufacturer of the Year award carry an even heavier industry load. Finalists this year documented progress in achieving safer, more professional operations through key certifications and audits, crucial for a sector still fighting for legitimacy — and trust.

2020 Colorado Manufacturing Awards Finalists

Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing, with Women in Manufacturing’s Colorado chapter

Debra Wilcox, The 3D Printing Store

Heidi Hostetter, Faustson Tool / H2

Susan Frank, TEI Rock Drills

Angie Hellstern, Molecular Products

Outstanding Bioscience Manufacturer

Leiters, Englewood

MBio Diagnostics, Boulder

Molecular Products, Louisville

Outstanding Cannabis Manufacturer

Medically Correct, Denver

Stillwater Brands, Denver

Hemp Depot, Colorado Springs

Outstanding Craft Distiller

Mythology Distillery, Denver

Storm King Distilling Co., Montrose

Dry Land Distillers, Longmont

Advanced Manufacturing & Machining Award

Columbine Label Co., Centennial

Mayfly Outdoors, Montrose

Titan Robotics, Colorado Springs

StickerGiant, Longmont

Outstanding Craft Brewer

Goat Patch Brewing Company, Colorado Springs

High Hops Brewery, Windsor

Dry Dock Brewing Co., Aurora

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Here’s the first group:

Outstanding Food Brand/Copacker

Ready Foods, Denver

American Outdoor Products, Boulder

Honey Smoked Fish Holdings, Denver

Innovative Product — Design-to-Manufacture

Eldon James/WilMarc, Fort Collins

Guerrilla Gravity, Denver

TEI Rock Drills, Montrose

Outstanding Consumer Brand

Black Hound Design Company, Arvada

Meier Skis, Denver

Parasoleil, Westminster

Aerospace Manufacturer of the Year

Barber-Nichols, Arvada

AdamWorks, Centennial

Roccor, Longmont

Outstanding Energy & Environmental Manufacturer

VAIREX air systems, Boulder

Agri-Inject, Yuma

Segrity, Denver

Winery of the Year

Carboy Winery, Littleton

The Storm Cellar, Hotchkiss

Buckel Family Wine, Gunnison

Building & Construction Manufacturer of the Year

RK, Denver

Tharp Cabinets, Loveland

CeDUR, Aurora

Industrial/Equipment Manufacturer of the Year

TEI Rock Drills, Montrose

Right Stuff Equipment, Denver

Panther Industries, Highlands Ranch