By Bart Taylor | Mar 13, 2017
There are signs that the cross-industry manufacturing surge we report on every week is developing on a scale that's beginning to impact national metrics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week that 28,000 new manufacturing jobs were added in February, led by the non-durable sector including food, which led all categories with 8,800 new jobs reported.
That's not a surprise to us. We've chronicled the food manufacturing boom in Colorado, and it's been the fastest growing manufacturing employment sector in the state for the past two years. Food will be a poster-child for the new manufacturing brand in the future. And the Food & Beverage finalists in this years Colorado Manufacturing Awards are the vanguard of this innovative, growth-minded sector.
The second group of finalists listed below (here's last week's first wave) also features a new award and a subtle change to another based on this year's theme of Innovation in Product Manufacturing. CAMA will present the Innovation in Supply Chain award at the event next month, a nod to manufacturers using the supply chain to establish competitive advantage. We're also excited to host the Colorado Women in Manufacturing association's first Manufacturing Woman of the Year award. Finalists in both categories are deserving.
Here’s the remaining finalists for this year’s Colorado Manufacturing Awards. We’ll announce winners April 13 in Denver.
Food & Beverage
Claremont Foods, Longmont
Coda Coffee, Denver
Raw Urth Designs, Fort Collins
Watson Mills, Lafayette
Bioscience & Medical
Evergreen Research, Golden
WilMarc Medical, Fort Collins
Innovation in Supply Chain -- presented by CAMA
Zolo Technologies, Louisville
Ardent Mills, Denver
Integrated Beverage Group, Denver
Manufacturing Woman of the Year -- presented by Women in Manufacturing™
Marcia Coulson, Eldon James
Heidi Hostetter, Faustson Tool
Erica Easter, Easter-Owens
Mickele Bragg, Geotech Environmental Equipment
We'll gather in a month to announce winners. For those who didn't nominate or did and weren't selected, thanks for all you're doing to strengthen the innovation undercurrent in manufacturing. If not at the Colorado Manufacturing Awards, our commitment is to shine a light on companies like yours year-long.
Bart Taylor is publisher of CompanyWeek. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.