Top Company 2019: Manufacturing
Meet Wild Zora, Bye Aerospace and Reynolds Polymer Technology - the finalists that are turning manufacturing on its head
From Reynolds Polymer Technology at the Jewel Changi Airport.
In its 32nd year, ColoradoBiz's Top Company honors the Colorado companies that have drive, determination, a vision and a plan and are ultimately making the state a better place to live and work. These three companies – one winner and two finalists – represent the 2019 Top Companies in Manufacturing.
Reynolds Polymer Technology Inc. has imagined the impossible for more than 1,900 ground-breaking projects in 57 countries for household brands including CNN, Disney, Nasa and Apple.
“A core value of Reynolds Polymer’s mission is to be trendsetters with manufacturing projects that take risks and break the mold,” says Jessica Smith, vice president of human resources. “Our team is passionate about all that they do at every stage of our projects from engineering to installation and everything in between. The Grand Junction community is also a major component in our success. The support and inspiration we receive from the community guides our company’s development at every turn.”
The company recently created the world’s largest underwater restaurant, Under, in Norway, allowing it to showcase its ability to create a 36-foot panoramic window that withstands the severe elements and safety requirements while creating a pristine view into the bottom of the ocean.
The Reynolds Polymer team is dedicated to delivering superior results to its customers, which carries over to its community outreach, Smith says. “We launched an employee-run philanthropic program last year that supports the Grand Junction community, our employees and their families. It’s important to us that the community knows we aim to be a resource to them and a reliable support system.”
Wild Zora makes healthy, tasty, convenient on-the-go food with local Colorado pasture-raised meats and organic veggies and fruits. Founder Zora Tabin’s promise is to make only the same “real food” she serves to her own family and friends for her customers. That means no added sugar, chemicals or preservatives of any kind. Meats come from animals raised on-pasture without antibiotics or added hormones.
Bye Aerospace is developing what it expects to be the first FAA Part 23-certified electric aircraft, the eFlyer. Bye’s eFlyer family includes the two-seat eFlyer 2 targeted to the flight training market and the four-seat eFlyer 4 for air taxi services over shorter distances. Bye’s company culture encourages creative thinking, and many employees are stockholders, either through the company’s stock option program or through individual investments. The options program is a key tool to recruit and retain top talent, as is the desire for many engineers in the aerospace industry to work on the next-generation propulsion system and airplane platforms. Bye Aerospace supports nonprofits through sponsorships, employee volunteers, speaking engagements and social media efforts, including Wings Over the Rockies, Colorado Christian University, Aurora Chamber Young Professional Committee and Living Legends of Aviation.
This article is part of the 2019 ColoradoBiz Top Company Awards. Read more about all the winners & finalists:
ADVERTISING & MARKETING | DIGITAL MARKETING | ARCHITECTURE & INTERIOR DESIGN | CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING | CONSUMER BUSINESS | ENERGY | FINANCIAL SERVICES | HEALTH CARE | NONPROFIT | PROFESSIONAL SERVICES | REAL ESTATE | SOFTWARE | STARTUP | TECHNOLOGY SERVICES | TOURISM & HOSPITALITY