The 2017 Made in Colorado finalists and winners of the Top Designed Goods title.
Not only evidence of a resurgence in American manufacturing, but a pause for pride in tangible products made in our backyard.
With nearly 6,000 manufacturers across a wide spectrum of business sectors, ColoradoBiz magazine welcomes the statewide business community to its 5th annual Made in Colorado forum and awards.
Jolene “Jojo” Collins describes herself as a sriracha sauce fiend. “I put that stuff on everything,” she says of Huy Fong Foods’ mass-market leader. But when she studied the label after going sugar-free in 2010, she was shocked.
In June, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment awarded the nonprofit Solar Energy International in Paonia a $401,000 WORK Act Grant for outreach and marketing of job training. Already 100 students have enrolled or completed training.
For his 30th birthday, David Urban had one simple wish: a pair of ski pants with a smiley face on the knees. He sought out Aurora-based Flatlock Colorado to sew his dream knickers.
Buena Vista’s South Main won the 2016 Wright Award for its collaborative spirit, strong vision and a commitment to craft. The winner was one of a dozen peer-nominated contestants from 10 Colorado towns.
In 2011, the husband-wife team of Peter and Amy Frykholm “had this epiphany,” says Peter. “Wouldn’t it be cool if you had a little model of Mount Elbert to put on your nightstand?”
We should be proud of all the goods we manufacture in Colorado. It's an important sector in our economy, and we need to call attention to Colorado manufacturers at every opportunity.
John Stultz started his third business, Bear Paw, a decade ago. “I’ve always been a big hiker and backpacker, so I started making tarps,” he says. He now makes a variety of tarps and tents and custom gear for hunters and thru-hikers.
An avid stand-up paddleboarder, Keith Zaring wanted a way to train on solid ground when the water froze. Naturally, Zaring came up with a prototype wheeled paddleboard in early 2015 and honed it by getting out and paddling the pavement himself.
For more than 30 years, the Wheat Ridge-based company has made alcohol breathalyzers for law enforcement agencies all over the world.