February 2015 - In This Issue:
Southern Colorado Beers & Gears on February 10
There are several exciting events coming up around the state, including the next Manufacturer's Edge installment of Beers & Gears -- Southern Colorado style!

See a complete listing of events on our website
Feb 10 @ 4-7:30pm
Colorado Mountain Brewery
600 South 21st Street #180
Colorado Springs, CO 80904

Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek into the process of making beer. Space is limited to the first 100 people, so be sure to register today!


Register here

9-Week Class
Starts Feb 10
FRCC Advanced Technology Center

Class Includes:
  • 1-week Intro to 5-Axis Milling (Hardinge GX 250)
  • 1-week Intro to C-Axis Lathe (Hardinge GS 200 with live tooling)
  • 7-week In-depth Training on Citizen A20
Tuition: $2,495


Register here

Feb 12 @ 11:30am - 1pm
Ball Corporation

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons will deliver his 2015 State of Manufacturing address at a luncheon hosted by Ball Corporation (a Colorado Manufacturing Initiative Sponsor) and Centennial Bolt.


Register here

Feb 12 @ 11:30am-2:30pm
SparkFun Electronics
$25 fee includes post tour appetizers and beverages

Please join friends and other members of APICS Northern Colorado for a great networking event at SparkFun Electronics.

March 11 @ 8am-4pm
Colo Northwestern Community College

In this interactive eight-hour training, your team will learn how to apply the key principles of Lean to your manufacturing processes. High-retention learning is accomplished through both classroom time and four rounds of simulation. Each round of simulation is followed by classroom learning focused on the basic building blocks of Lean Manufacturing.

March 19 @ 8am-5pm

Participants will:

  • Be able to define Lean and begin to apply Lean to Administrative Processes
  • Differentiate between value added and non-value added activities in administrative process
  • Identify waste and how it impacts Administrative Processes
  • Identify the common Lean tools that can best apply to Administrative Processes
  • Create a Current State Value Stream Map for less complex Administrative Processes

Last Call for Southern Colorado Beers & Gears

Hosted by Manufacturer's Edge, BKD, Bank of Colorado, PFS Insurance Group, and PPMP 
Date: February 10, 2015
Time:  4:00 - 7:30 pm
Location:  Colorado Mountain Brewery

Attendees to include four Mayoral Candidates as well as CEOs from manufacturing companies in Southern Colorado

4:00 - 5:15- Networking
5:15 - 5:30 - Manufacturer's Edge Welcome and Introductions
5:30 - 6:15 - Mayoral Candidate Remarks and Q&A
6:15 - 6:30 - Manufacturer's Update - Tom Neppl
6:30 - 6:45 - CAMA Update - Tim Heaton
6:45 - 7:30 - Networking

The Manufacturers Connect Tool 

Promoting growth and competitiveness by facilitating connectivity between Colorado manufacturers 

Screenshot of
Manufacturers Connect 
A few months ago, we introduced our readers to the Manufacturers Connect tool as one of the main highlights of our new website. Manufacturers Connect is an ongoing project, three years in the making, that continues to evolve as more and more business owners, suppliers, and manufacturers come on board and help populate the data sets and assist in the expansion of the project.

Phase one of the project was used to identify those within the metal machining supply chain. Efforts are now underway to broaden the scope and determine other areas of focus, which may include plastics, electronics, and more.

To further assist in the project's development, Manufacturer's Edge was recently awarded a two-year $250,000 grant from the Department of Commerce's Manufacturing Extension Partnership. This grant will enable efforts from the pilot project to expand geographically and functionally. The grant also includes the flexibility to share data with other databases, emphasizing the importance of the information and connections, not just of the tool itself.

Who should use Manufacturers Connect?
  • People looking for suppliers, especially local suppliers
  • People who want to know what local manufacturers are looking for
  • Those who want to know what product and/or capability gaps exist in the local manufacturing space that they might fill with investment in new capabilities
MEP FY2014 Economic Impacts

We are excited to announce our latest impact metrics for the 2014 Fiscal Year

  • 30,056 Clients served
  • $2.5B in New Sales
  • $4.2B in Retained Sales
  • $1.1B in Cost Savings:
  • $2.7B New Client Investments
  • 17,883 Jobs created
  • 46,069 Jobs retained
  • For every one dollar of federal investment, the MEP generates nearly $19 in new sales growth and $21 in new client investment. This translates into $2.5 billion in new sales annually. For every $2,001 of federal investment, MEP creates or retains one manufacturing job.

Additive Manufacturing and the R&D Tax Credit 

MEP and BKD offer resources to help companies better understand tax credits 

Click here to view the MEP webinar
The Manufacturing Extension Partnership is committed to helping manufacturers across the country be aware of and take advantage of every tool at their disposal to increase efficiency and profit while making their lives easier. To that end, they recently released a comprehensive webinar entitled "Improving Your Company's Manufacturing Processes and Bottom Line with Additive Manufacturing and the R&D Tax Credit" (a link to which can be found on our website).

For local assistance and additional information, please visit
Award-winning KOTA Longboards is only one bright spot in Denver's promising urban MFG landscape
Company Week and Manufacturer's Edge Innovative Manufacturer
By Bart Taylor

KOTA Longboard's Mike Maloney doesn't lack for confidence. Winner of the JP Morgan Chase Main Street Grant and $150,000, Maloney told me in September 2013, "We offer a product of high performance and high value, and I am living proof you can start a manufacturing company in the United States."

It was music to my ears. We featured KOTA in just our second issue, and finding Mike was not only a revelation -- my kids ride KOTA -- but an affirmation. He's in the leading edge of a tidal wave of inspired and modern manufacturing reshaping our economy. He's a poster child for CompanyWeek.

The wave isn't lost on city officials in Denver, who deservedly were included in the Denver Post story about KOTA's award. Not only was Paul Washington's industry team supportive of KOTA from the beginning -- I saw -- they're proving to understand the opportunity of light manufacturing in the city's future...

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