November 2014 - In This Issue:
New Manufacturer's Edge website launches today
Manufacturer's Edge has a number of exciting events percolating. Stay tuned for more details on upcoming tours, webinars, seminars, and the next Beers & Gears brewery tour!

In the meantime, take a look at the great events listed below:
NOV 18 @ 3:30-6:30pm
FRCC - Longmont Campus

Looking for a machine operator or machinist? We have over 50 students taking machining classes. They will be seeking jobs and internships.

The Career Fair is also open to all machining job seekers from the surrounding area. Don't miss this opportunity to meet your next employee.  


Register here

WORLD TRADE CENTER - ERP on the Cheap & Supply Chain Management Webinar
Nov 19 @ 12-1:30pm
Online Webinar

WORLD TRADE CENTER - Distribution & Warehousing Webinar
Dec 3 @ 12-1:30pm
Online Webinar

WORLD TRADE CENTER - Letters of Credit & Trade Finance
Dec 4 @ 8:30am-4:30pm
In-person and online class

The above events are part of the WTC-Denver Advanced Manufacturing Exports Educational Series. For more information and complete listing of all of the events in this series, please visit the WTC website


Register here

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

Manufacturer's Edge Launches New Website goes live today!
The new responsive site
Manufacturer's Edge is proud to announce the launch of our new website:!

We have a brand new look and a user-friendly, responsive, easy to navigate, modern new website with all of the resources and information our clients have come to expect and much, much more.

For the new site, we have: 
  • Expanded our resources 
  • Added a live Twitter feed 
  • Enhanced our events listing with an interactive calendar that allows the user to customize how they view the offerings
  • Phased out the old membership portal in favor of the new Colorado Manufacturer's Connect tool. Manufacturer's Connect is a tool for manufacturers to let other companies know who they are, what they can do, what products they produce, and where they are located. It's also a way for companies to find suppliers who can produce the products they need. Just out of beta test, companies are invited to add their information to the tool.  
The new site was masterfully designed by the award-winning O2 Group. Based in Golden, O2 is well known for their exemplary work with such clients as The City of Golden (for which they were honored with a W3 award), Whiting Petroleum, GE Healthcare, and Distinctive Grape.

Please note that our contact information has been updated to match the new website. For general inquiries, please email us at: For a complete listing of our staff and their new contact info, please visit the new contact page.

Success Story: Janska 

Manufacturer's Edge Training Helps Janska Re-imagine Work Flow: Remarkable Growth is the Result
"The training we've received has revolutionized our company. It's been truly instrumental."
Jon Thomas, Vice President

Janska was founded in 2002 when owner Jan Erickson decided to pursue her dream of making fashionable, durable, and easy-to-wear fleece clothing. Based in Colorado Springs, Janska started out small and has grown rapidly in size, output and recognition. In addition to being featured on such programs as the "Today Show" and "Good Morning America," Jan also regularly receives accolades from her peers and her community, including the 2014 Colorado SBA Small Business Person of the Year award.


Manufacturer's Edge has been assisting Janska since 2011,when Janska's business was just under $1M, by delivering various programs like Value Stream Mapping for both the manufacturing operation and the office functions, project management, 5S, consulting on time studies and product flow.


Read the full story 


Visit Janska 

Visser Precision Cast
Company Week and Manufacturer's Edge Innovative Manufacturer
By Eric Peterson
Denver, Colorado
Founded: 2011
Privately owned
Employees: 17

A former NASCAR crew chief, President Ryan Coniam is pushing advanced materials into defense and other markets.

Visser Precision Cast is focused on bringing amorphous metal casting -- or AMC -- into the lexicon of engineers worldwide.


Developed at the California Institute of Technology in the 1990s, AMC initially generated a lot of excitement, but that proved to be a false start. "One thing led to another and the technology did not advance," says Coniam.


Visser has a license from Liquidmetal Technologies in Rancho Santa Margarita and is pushing AMC into a number of markets, primarily defense.


Despite its name, AMC does not involve metal. "To be clear, it's a glass," says Coniam. "It's super hard, with near net shape, and it's super, super strong -- it's 1.5 the strength-to-weight of titanium." In the rare case of failure, he adds, it fails like glass. "It just shatters, but it can actually bend a ton before it fails."


Thanks to AMC's spring-like properties, it's been a hit with defense contractors. About 90 percent of Visser's current business is in defense, with the remainder in energy and medical, says Coniam.


Read the full article


Visit Visser website


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