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Made in Colorado 2016: Renee Newton

Renee Newton, 33, moved to Colorado for the mountains and stayed for the science. Craft spirits came later.

Made in Colorado 2016: Manuel Rubio

A truly international company, windmill giant Vestas employs more than 3,000 people in Colorado. Among them is Manuel Rubio, 25, who joined the blade-making operation in 2011.

Made in Colorado 2016: Mike "Lefty" McGuckian

McGuckian, 55, earned the nickname “Lefty” when he started working in the shop at a California aerospace museum with three other Mikes in 1982. Even though he’s right-handed, the name stuck.

Made in Colorado 2016: Victor Ortiz

Now 31, Ortiz started working at the venerable candy factory when he was a senior at Aurora Central High School in 2001. He soon moved to the warehouse before going into actual candy-making. “They needed somebody to make the chocolates and the marshmallows. I asked them to give me a chance.”

Made in Colorado 2016: Michael Clark

After serving in the military, Michael Clark moved to Lyons to get away from the crowds in Denver. “Too big, too much, just too many people,” says the 68-year-old Lakewood native. Lyons had less chaos, plus one very important lure: “It had a river in it,” Clark says.

Made in Colorado 2016: Rich Sharples

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.

Manufacturers celebrate at ColoradoBiz's Made in Colorado 2016 event

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.

Boa's RiNo headquarters: The cool stuff going on inside

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.

Amazing winter fun gear made right here in Colorado

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.

Try this amazing stuff made right here in Colorado

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.

Great stuff made right here in Colorado

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.

Made in Colorado: Leechpit Hobo Nickels, VonMod, Backyard Soda

Entrepreneurs and artisans, these Colorado crafters have a unique signature style.
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