October 2014 - In This Issue:
Allosource/NASA Announcement
UPCOMING EVENTS
1,647 events took place nationwide last week in honor of MFG Day 2014. Odds are that our readers attended at least one of those. For your consideration, here are a few more upcoming events listed below that you may want to consider adding to your calendar.
SPARKFUN ELECTRONICS 
HALLOWEEN THEMED OPEN HOUSE
Oct 25 @ 3-9pm
6333 Dry Creek Pkwy
Niwot, CO 80503

Come check out our new building as we celebrate with a Halloween themed Manufacturing Day Open House. Join us on October 25th for food, beverages, a costume contest, a silent auction, movies, squishy circuits and more! We'll provide family friendly tours and activities from 3-5pm. Then from 6pm-9pm, we'll turn up the music and turn down the lights as we create a space for adults to let their geek shine.  

 

Register here

STAY CONNECTED - TOUR LEXMARK INTERNATIONAL
Nov 13 @ 5-8pm
Lexmark Intl

Please join friends and other members of APICS Northern Colorado for a great networking event at Lexmark! 

 

Register here

STAY CONNECTED - BOULDER CREEK WINERY TOUR
Dec 11 @ 5:30-8:30pm
Boulder Creek Winery

Join us for a tour of Boulder Creek Winery and networking with other supply chain management professionals. 

 

Register here

Allosource Signs Space Act Agreement

Technology used in NASA Mars mission will provide insights into microbial testing related to tissue processing

Centennial, CO -

AlloSource, one of the nation's largest providers of skin, bone and soft tissue allografts for use in surgical procedures, and the world's largest processor of cellular bone allografts, signed a Space Act Agreement with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to collaborate on microbial research. AlloSource will leverage technologies developed by NASA/JPL for assembly and launch operations of various Mars missions -- specifically, rapid molecular microbial burden measurement and genetic inventory cataloging -- to advance microbial research in tissue processing. 

 

Manufacturer's Edge, formerly the Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology (CAMT), and NASA are partners on a technology matching and product development assistance program to help Colorado companies use NASA resources to spur innovation for new products and processes. AlloSource's participation in the Manufacturer's Edge program led to this unique collaboration. JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology, is the NASA center that manages the Curiosity Rover mission, which focuses on assessing a local region on Mars' surface as a potential habitat for past life. "Working with NASA and JPL is an amazing achievement for AlloSource and we are grateful for Manufacturer's Edge's assistance in facilitating this relationship," said Thomas Cycyota, President and CEO of AlloSource. "We are committed to researching and developing new processes that allow us to continue to maximize the gift of human tissue donation." 

 

"This creative collaboration shows the value of connecting NASA's cutting-edge space program technology with AlloSource's tissue testing methods to potentially impact countless lives. We are delighted to help AlloSource connect with NASA and JPL and improve lives in this way," said Tom Bugnitz, CEO of Manufacturer's Edge (formerly CAMT). 


Arvada Manufacturing Initiative Launched to Assist Arvada Manufacturers
The Arvada Manufacturing Initiative (AMI) is a pilot program developed by the Arvada Economic Development Association (AEDA) and Manufacturer's Edge. The objective of AMI is to provide training and consulting services to Arvada manufacturers that could benefit from assistance, but may not be able to afford it. The Arvada Economic Development Association Board of Directors approved the funds to sponsor program operations. Manufacturer's Edge will manage the initiative and provide selected manufacturers with a menu of training options in order to keep them competitive in the marketplace.

Kids Connection
First annual SOCOM Expo draws more than 1,700 students and helps make MFG Day 2014 a huge success













The first annual SOCOM Expo & Conference was held last week as part of the Colorado MFG Day 2014 event line-up. SOCOM's mission was to "bring the community together to publicize and promote the sector, facilitate new and important relationships, and showcase manufacturing to a prospective future workforce". 

With 64 exhibiting companies and over 600 exhibitors and non-student attendees, plus more than 1,700 grade 6-12 students attending the event, it is safe to say the SOCOM was a huge success! 

2014 Business Appreciation Event Honors Leading Arvada Businesses
Faustson Tool and Wadsworth Control Systems among the honorees at 20th annual awards event
Faustson Logo

By Allison Trembly

Arvada Economic Development Association (AEDA) hosted its 20th annual Business Appreciation Awards Breakfast on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. The event honored leading Arvada businesses. The "What's Your Big Idea, Arvada?" event drew an audience of over 200 businesses and community leaders. Three businesses were presented with awards in their respective industries. The honorees were:  

 

Retailer of the Year: 

Fuzzy's Taco Shop located at 5760 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.


 

Employer under 50 Employees: 

Wadsworth Control Systems located at 5541 Marshall St.

 

Employer over 50 Employees: 

Bennett's Bar-b-que located at 7490 W. 52nd Ave.

 

AEDA also presented two awards of distinction. The first award was The Manley Gray Distinguished Service Award. This award was named after Manley Gray, a well-respected and dedicated community member, and a beloved AEDA board member. The Manley Gray award is reserved for an individual who has been an outstanding advocate for and with AEDA. This year, AEDA is honoring Alan Parker. The second award is the Lloyd J. King Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, named after the founder of King Soopers, which was started in Olde Town Arvada. This year the award went to Alicia Svaldi and Heidi Hostetter of Faustson Tool.

 

"This event gives AEDA and the City of Arvada the opportunity to educate stakeholders on what is currently happening in the Arvada business community and to honor exceptional Arvada businesses and community members," said Paul Heller, President, Arvada Economic Development Association. 

 

Media Contact:                                                                                                   

Allison Trembly, Marketing Manager

Cell 720.326.3001, atrembly@arvada.org  

Community Power Corporation
Company Week and Manufacturer's Edge Innovative Manufacturer

By Eric Peterson
www.gocpc.com
Englewood, Colorado
Founded: 1995
Owned by Afognak Native Corporation (Alaska)
Employees: 19

VP Bill Cetti is pushing the manufacturer of biomass gasification systems into a wide range of industrial markets.

Originally founded by ex-employees of Westinghouse's shuttered renewable division. Community Power Corporation (CPC) was a government grant-driven company until 2011, when Afognak Native Corporation acquired it to commercialize its gasification technology.

CPC's proprietary BioMax Gasification System takes feedstocks of carbon-rich biomass and creates syngas with roughly 15 percent the energy potential of natural gas. The syngas can be used to run electrical generators or boilers or blend with propane or diesel for less expensive electrical generation and other applications. The modular system repurposes 20-foot shipping containers for drying, gasification, gas-blending, and other custom applications.

 

"It takes biomass materials like wood chips, nutshells, and in some cases cardboard or paper, and converts it into a gas," says Bill Cetti, vice president of CPC's bioenergy division. "It's really designed for where the customer has waste or feedstock available."

 

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