Derek Weber cut the top off of an old van in a Greeley junkyard with a Sawzall in 2008 to make his first camper van. He started Colorado Camper Van the next year and started adding pop-tops to customers’ vans and decking out the interiors.
The 35th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs was a good fit for Colorado. The state boasts the nation’s second-largest space economy, home to more than 500 aerospace-related companies.
While attending Metropolitan State University, Kevin Davis and girlfriend (now wife), Ginny designed posters and T-shirts for local bands as a side gig. After graduation, Kevin and Ginny worked different graphic design jobs but continued to do their own designs at night, hand printing their designs on apparel and glassware.
The 7th annual Made in Colorado Manufacturing Forum and Awards featured a variety of manufacturers and keynote speakers, Trane and Danhydra.
"I know who I am," says Garry Alpheus Rudd, the 74-year-old proprietor of Alf's Blacksmith in Buena Vista. And that's a blacksmith, through and through.
Aircraft and wind turbines require similar manufacturing skill sets. Both are all about precision and aerodynamics.
Blue Canyon grew from 30 employees in early 2017 to about 125 today. The driver? The adoption of small satellites and constellations over the larger legacy spacecraft launched in much smaller quantities.
A Vail-based ski apparel company has successfully used Kickstarter to fund production of a new product for the third time, hitting its $15,000 goal in just eight hours.
Tortilla savant Rich Schneider runs the venerable tortilla factory with his brother, Raul Delatorre, and Raul's wife, Mari. The brothers have worked together for 40 years. Their father, Sal Delatorre, bought the company, then known as La Popular, in 1960.
Founder Brandon Capps opened New Image in Olde Town Arvada in 2016 after working for the world's largest brewer, Neheuser-Busch Inbev.
"The Gates Biomanufacturing Facility really came about from a vision from Charlie Gates," Director Ryan Crisman says. The late patriarch of the Gates Corp. family "really saw that regenerative medicine was the next pillar."
"We moved from New York with not much in the way of furniture or much of anything," Jon says. "We started making furniture we liked ..."