Nominations open for 2019 Colorado Manufacturing Awards, deadline is Feb. 15

Friday January 25, 2019 0 comments Tags: Denver, Colorado Manufacturing Awards, Tom Bugnitz, Manufacturer's Edge, CompanyWeek, Bart Taylor

DENVER -- The Colorado Manufacturing Awards (CMA), presented by CompanyWeek and Manufacturer’s Edge, has opened nominations for its 4th annual program, culminating in an awards reception and presentation on April 4 at the Cable Center on the University of Denver campus in Denver.cma-2019-logo

Nominations close Friday, Feb. 15.

The CMAs recognize outstanding manufacturing companies across 12 industries and the supply chain. The program is co-presented by CompanyWeek, digital media and events focusing on manufacturing, and Manufacturer’s Edge (the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partner in Colorado).

Three finalists from each industry category will be celebrated throughout March and winners announced at the April 4 event.

Visit for information about the program, including nomination criteria and links to articles and photographs from past awards presentations.

CompanyWeek founder and co-presenter Bart Taylor has first-hand knowledge of many of the manufacturers across Colorado through the publication’s editorial work.

“For us, it’s a culmination of a year of reporting on manufacturing companies and the great people of the sector,” said Taylor.

“The awards are as much about celebrating the collective accomplishments of the community as they are of exemplary individual performance. That said, it’s impossible not to be blown away by some of the work being done.

“I’ve said this before: It’s a sector alive with possibilities.”

“The manufacturing sector here is highly underrated,” he added. “It’s also a model for how U.S. manufacturing will develop in the future -- innovation and growth across a number of industries.

“Many have deep roots right here -- like the natural food ecosystem and aerospace community -- industries that promise considerable growth.”

The CMAs have tapped into Colorado’s robust network of industry trade and support groups to reach out to companies and participate in programming.

“The trade associations do such great work, so it’s been great to work with them to recognize the great companies that comprise their memberships,” said Tom Bugnitz, Manufacturer’s Edge CEO.

“The companies have something in common -- they all have great employees and make great products -- and we’ve tapped into the shared experiences and challenges that all manufacturers have, regardless of industry.

“At its heart this is about bringing the community together and celebrating Colorado manufacturing” Bugnitz said. “The program is a win for everyone, especially the nominees and winners, and really highlights the Colorado way of collaboration, sharing and innovation.”

Companies may be nominated in one of 12 industry award categories:

Aerospace/Electronics Manufacturer of the Year

Bioscience/Medical Manufacturer of the Year

Outstanding Outdoor Industry Brand

Outstanding Craft Brewer

Outstanding Craft Distiller

Outstanding Food Brand/Co-Packer

Industrial & Equipment Manufacturer of the Year

Contract Manufacturer of the Year

Builder/Construction Co. of the Year

Outstanding Cannabis Manufacturer

Outstanding Consumer/Lifestyle Brand

Energy Manufacturer of the Year

Companies are encouraged to visit for more information and to submit nominations.

Member companies are also encouraged to contact their association or trade contacts in the following CMA partner organization categories:

Colorado Craft Brewing Guild

Colorado Distilling Guild

Colorado Proud

Colorado Bioscience Association

Colorado Cleantech Industry Association

Rocky Mountain Tooling & Machining Association

Colorado Space Business Roundtable

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2019 Colorado Manufacturing Awards sponsors include:

UMB, BKD, Hoptocopter Films, Squire Patton Boggs, AssuredPartners, Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade, H2 Manufacturing Solutions, Aqua-Hot, and Allay Cannabis Consulting.