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Made in Colorado

How Noosa Finest Yoghurt landed in Colorado

Koel Thomae, co-founder of Colorado-based Noosa Finest Yoghurt, happened to be visiting her mother in Australia when she took a bite of yogurt that was destined to change her life.

The ultimate brand experience: Insights from Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey

Imagine having a database of 30,000 contacts who are willing to work for free. Sound crazy? It’s reality for Colorado craft whiskey maker Stranahan’s.

Made in Colorado 2016's top five winners and finalists

Made in Colorado exists to foster the business-to-business connections, the sharing of stories and commitments to products and processes.

Made in Colorado 2016: Mayka Maloney

Founded in 2015, The Whole Works quickly won both clients and accolades for its apt pairing of a contract cut-and-sew business with a socially conscious mission of creating jobs for women transitioning off federal assistance.

Made in Colorado 2016: James Howat

While studying microbiology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, the Chicago transplant started homebrewing. “Mostly I was interested in the science of it,” says Howat, now 30. “I wasn’t even that big of a beer drinker.”

Made in Colorado 2016: Henry Bergeson

Henry Bergeson, 58, lost his job as an engineer for a medical manufacturer in Massachusetts in 1987. So Bergeson moved to Colorado and looked for an engineering job before going into the kaleidoscope business full-time.

Made in Colorado 2016: Lyda Oliver

Now 52, Oliver originally found the job via a want ad in the newspaper when she was 22. “Tens of thousands” of belt buckles later, “I think now, ‘What the heck would I do if I did leave?’”

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.
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