After starting at Lucky's and Alfalfa's in Boulder, Millet Tots landed at Whole Foods in their first year on the market, followed by King Soopers in 2017.
Expanding to Colorado was a no-brainer for Lair. "You've got a lot of good businesses trying to make a difference," he says. "We work together and cooperate."
Mickey Mussett's one-man shop in his Denver garage is like a museum of the tools of the trade.
With two key kinds of machines – winders and ball-enders – the business employs about 10 people.
TRS Prosthetics company makes small runs of ultra-specialized products - it might sell only a dozen of a given prehensile model in a year - and keeps an inventory of dozens of different products.
Hitchcock Inc. now has about 50 employees at its main facility in Burlington and another dozen at its location in Goodland, Kansas.
After starting with a Spanish-style cider in a bottle, Big B's pivoted to four more accessible canned and carbonated ciders under the direction of Shawn Larson, as well as small-batch bottled ciders with a more experimental bent.
The company has grown from about 10 to 45 employees in the last two years.
Linear established itself making printed circuit boards, surface-mount technology and engineering services for two key markets.
The brothers say mutual respect is the key to working with siblings on and off the clock.
While Ackerman exudes pride in the workmanship his 27-employee shop produces, he allows that it doesn’t come cheap.
Colorado-made products ranging from base layers to guitars, jewelry to salsas and hot sauces.