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Posted: April 01, 2013

Made in Colorado 2013

250 manufacturers make good in-state

Eric Peterson

From the Western Slope to the Eastern Plains, Colorado is home to all sorts of businesses that make all sorts of things. Satellites. Banjos. Pharmaceuticals.  Animatronics for haunted houses.

Oh, and custom gorilla suits, of course.

Colorado famously has more than its fair share of breweries, and distilleries have followed in their wake. Naturally the Rockies inspire ski- and snowboard-makers. Other notable clusters: natural and organic foods, bikes and bike accessories, high-end audio, medical devices and outdoor gear.

We’ve got a good number of toy makers and defense contractors. There are also local standouts in categories that have mostly abandoned the good ol’ US of A – backpacks, printed circuit boards and plastics – but these companies have continued to manufacture right here in Colorado.

We’ve highlighted 250 of the best, brightest and longest-burning stars from all over the Colorado manufacturing universe, showcasing the wide range of products made in the state, profiling startups to Fortune 100 companies and everything between.

Our second annual Made in Colorado issue is embodied by the company mantra of slingshot titan Trumark Manufacturing Co., which held its ground while most of its competition left for China almost a decade ago. According to Trumark President Mark Ellenburg, “We say, ‘Import from Colorado.’”

And ColoradoBiz couldn’t agree more.

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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Readers Respond

Great article, but an entire segment of "Made in Colorado" companies that manufacture RV's, and XV's (Xpedition Vehicles) was left out of your article. See: EarthRoamer http://www.earthroamer.com/ Hallmark Mfg. http://www.hallmarkrv.com/ Phoenix Pop Up http://phoenixpopup.com/ Outfitter Manufacturing http://www.outfittermfg.com/home.htm Rolling Thunder Conversions http://www.rollingthunderconversions.com/index.htm Vinstream http://www.vinstream.com/index.html By Bill Swails on 2013 04 09
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