While master luthier is a moniker he shies away from – “I still feel like I’m learning, for sure,” he says – Rich Sharples has had a hand in making thousands of banjos in his tenure at OME. He now supervises two other luthiers, and the team crafts about 180 high-end banjos a year at the company’s shop in northeast Boulder.
On March 3, machinists, and welders, engineers and designers, sewers, painters, brewers, butchers and more, gathered for the 4th annual Made in Colorado manufacturer’s forum and awards program.
At first, gaining traction in the snow sports arena with brands such as K2, Boa’s® unique reel and lace cable system technology moved into the cycling world, and by 2005, was integrated into golf products.
The Weinberg brothers were building homes in Crested Butte. Then Wall Street melted down in 2008. “I didn’t have a house to build in the winter,” says Caleb, so the pair started Romp Skis in the garage and built eight pairs of skis.
After studying interior design at the Art Institute of Colorado in 2014, Andrew Darr discovered it “wasn’t my calling.” He sought a happy medium between interior design and his construction background, and found one.
Founder and owner Katrina Boldry raised a guide dog as a teen in Littleton. When her old training leash wore out, she couldn’t find a good replacement, so she made one on her own.
Entrepreneurs and artisans, these Colorado crafters have a unique signature style.
From hot sauce to bicycles to buttons and guitars, these products are Colorado home grown.
These Colorado companies seek to make your job site safer, make you look your best and provide entertainment in your off time. Just who are they?
James Viola and Robert LaPoint launched Frontière in 2009. After brokering meats for the first three years, they bought processing equipment and went into production. Bison represents about two-thirds of sales and Frontière also sells organic beef, chicken and pork.
As far as gerunds go, manufacturing is a pretty broad one. In Colorado alone, it encompasses robotic welding, machining and plating parts of all kinds, fermenting grains, distilling mash, cutting, sewing, carving, curds, whey, you name it.
Real estate agent by day, Aaron Wagner started making his great-great-grandmother’s ketchup recipe in 2012. Three years later, he’s making 100-gallon batches and selling pallets of the stuff to stores and restaurants.