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The greatest goods – Made in Colorado 2017

10 iconic products exemplify the stellar state of tangible brand building


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Spacecraft built here have traveled all over the solar system. Back on Earth, people have enjoyed billions of cups of Sleepytime Tea and more than 1 billion pints of Fat Tire Amber Ale. People have cursed the parking gods after finding their car immobilized by a Colorado-made Denver Boot, and thanked everybody and their mother after receiving a Ridgway-made Grammy Award.

"Made in Colorado" really means something.

It's a brand that carries value. Simply, put, the state is an incredible launch pad for manufacturers in a host of industries.

Click below to see the goods Made in Colorado.

PLUS: The 2017 MIC 250 list showcases the depth of product categories Coloradans churn out, from aerospace components to hemp edibles and every imaginable tangible thing in between. 
Made in Colorado 2017 Award Winners & Finalists

The 2017 MIC class represents locally made tangible goods you can ride, play, taste and touch – reflective of the place we call home and the romance of "the Rocky Mountain West," says Chuck Sullivan of Something Independent, a convener of Colorado entrepreneurs. Whether honored for their ethics or inventiveness, these companies have launched businesses, products and cultures that are “built to last,”  Sullivan says. "They are collaborative but with a competitive drive that sets them apart from the pack. There’s a respect, appreciation and alignment of the product and the people,” Sullivan says of ColoradoBiz magazine's Made in Colorado companies.

The 2017 Made in Colorado forum and awards magnetized makers from around the state to celebrate and share insights on the highs and lows of the industry.  

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Eric Peterson

Denver-based writer Eric Peterson is the author of Frommer's Colorado, Frommer's Montana & Wyoming, Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks and the Ramble series of guidebooks, featuring first-person travelogues covering everything from atomic landmarks in New Mexico to celebrity gone wrong in Hollywood. Peterson has also recently written about backpacking in Yosemite, cross-country skiing in Yellowstone and downhill skiing in Colorado for such publications as Denver's Westword and The New York Daily News. He can be reached at Eptcb126@msn.com

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