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Made in Colorado: A uniquely satisfying label

Our editor's note celebrates Colorado-made goods


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Colorado business, and typically the content of this magazine, is made up largely of service providers like law firms, accounting firms, banks, consultants, salespeople, policy makers, marketing specialists, investors, app creators and such. They reflect an increasingly information- and service-based economy.

What's made the annual Made in Colorado issue special since ColoradoBiz introduced the section in 2012, is that it not only represents evidence of a resurgence in manufacturing; it celebrates businesses that still create tangible products – real goods the producers can hold aloft at the end of the day and say, "We made this."

Okay, so Lockheed Martin can only figuratively hold up its multi-billion-dollar Orion spacecraft, one of 10 Colorado goods profiles by writer Eric Peterson in this issue.

And Clancy Systems International, maker of the infamous Denver Boot, might draw more jeers than cheers from anyone outside of law enforcement for its notorious on-site car-impounding device.

But even the Denver Boot, invented by former Denver Symphony Orchestra violinist Frank Marugg in 1944, is a source of Colorado pride. As Peterson writes, the boot has arguably become: 

"The most famous Denver product this side of the omelet."

The Colorado products Peterson writes about were conceived in basements, garages, living rooms and vans. The inspiration behind the products is just as varied.

Whether it's beer, candy, tea or bicycles; something not so easily understood or a key piece of a larger product, manufacturing provides a unique satisfaction to the maker – and a measure of pride to the inhabitants of the place where it's made.

Perhaps you will feel that, too, as you peruse the March–April 2017 issue of ColoradoBiz.

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Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor is the editor of ColoradoBiz magazine. Email him at mtaylor@cobizmag.com.

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