NoCo Mfg Partnership March Newsletter

NoCo Manufacturing Partnership Members,
Welcome to the March e-newsletter. The new board members and committee chairs met in February for a board retreat to discuss future goals and actions for the partnership. The core values, purpose, mission and vision were refined helping leadership direct the partnership’s future goals and initiatives. Congratulations to Heidi Hostetter of Faustson Tool for her election as board chair, Paul Harter of Aqua Hot as co-chair and Mina Cox of Specialty Products for reelection as treasurer.
The core values of the partnership are: Altruism, Passion about manufacturing, Collaboration, Manufacturer-Driven, Integrity & Accountability, Action-oriented (solving real problems), Community-oriented and Learning. The purpose (Why?) is too make American manufacturing Great! The mission (How?): Driving a passionate, collaborative partnership. The vision (Result): Northern Colorado Manufacturers and our Communities thrive. Our brand promise:  Making things makes things happen.
With a goal to constantly elevate the manufacturing industry, the following areas of focus and growth for 2018 include: NOCOM trade show, funding, partnership awareness and participation, and leveraging national initiatives to legislation related to manufacturing.
We encourage passionate manufacturers you to attend a future Networks or Rocks! committee to see how you can elevate the Northern Manufacturing Industry! Refer to the last section of the newsletter for details on meeting times and dates. Email with your interest.
Upcoming Events
March Lunch and Learn – Employee Retention
Speaker and Topic Details Coming Soon! SAVE THE DATE
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM MST
Berthoud Town Hall
Downstairs Meeting Room
807 Mountain Ave.
Berthoud, CO 80513
SAVE THE DATE! More details coming soon.
March Insite Tour – TOLMAR, Inc. – MAX RSVPS
Windsor Location
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 9AM -10:30AM
1201 Cornerstone Dr.
Windsor, Colorado 80550
We have reached max rsvps for this tour. If you have registered and you are unable to make it please send an email to Christine Juker at
March Regional Advisory Meeting
Educators want to hear from manufacturers on how they can prepare future workforce!
Friday, March 9th, 2018 8AM-Noon
AIMS Community College
Applied Technology and Trades Center
5401 W. 20th Street, Greeley, CO 80631
Manufacturers and Educators collaborating on education curriculum, discussing and understanding the needs of the manufacturing industry. The meeting is hosted by NOCO MFG Partnership and sponsored in part by Employment Services of Weld County.
We invite you to attend and share your much needed input. Please note that registration is required for this event.
8:00AM – 12:00PM EDUCATORS
May Insite Tour – Wolf Robotics
Thursday, May 17th, 2018 8AM
Wolf Robotics, LLC
4600 Innovation Dr
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Wolf Robotics, A Lincoln Electric Automation™Company, has manufactured robotic integration solutions for automated ARC welding, cutting systems, cladding, 3-D metal printing, material removal, and material handling applications for close to 40 years. With 8,500 robot systems around the world, Wolf Robotics is one of the largest general manufacturing robot integrators in North America.
NOCOM Trade Show – Attendee Ticket Sales Open
Thursday, April 12th, 2018 9AM – 5PM
The Ranch – Larimer County Fairgrounds
5280 Arena Circle
Loveland, CO 80538
The show provides an opportunity to network, build new business relationships, visit innovative exhibitors, and listen to industry leaders speak on topics that strengthen the manufacturing community.
Attendee Tickets Now on Sale!
$15 Preregistration Attendee or $20 at Door | Includes B2B Happy Hour
Free Trade Show Admittance for Students with Student ID
Exhibitor Booths Still Available
$390 for 10X10 | $540 for 10X20
Increased booth fees are due to increase in venue fees. Early Bird Pricing is available before January 1, 2018.
Access code: 4NOCOM2018
Kick-off Breakfast with Keynote Jim Davidson
7AM -9AM | Budweiser Event Center – The Ranch
$30 Preregistration | Limited seating, registration required.
Purchase ticket while registering for NOCOM.
Announcing breakfast keynote speaker Jim Davidson, Inspirational speaker and expedition leader! Jim will share invigorating stories and lessons that help businesses be INNOVATIVE and RESILIENT when facing big challenges and opportunities. Short on resources, time and technique Resolve problematic challenges through INNOVATIVE
CAMA Event
Fuse Center Launch Party
Tuesday, February 27, 201 3:45pm – 6:30pm
Denver Metro Fuse Center
1149 7th Street, Suite 430
Denver,CO 80204
Join us for a ribbon cutting, keynote speaker, and networking reception!
CAMA Member Registration: $10/Non Member Registration: $30
For more information and to register, visit:
FRCC Spring Classes
GD&T for Machinists and Engineers, March 15 -May 3, T&TH 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: FRCC Advanced Technology Center, Longmont, CO
Cost: $800 plus text book, Click HERE for Flyer
Advanced Machining, March 7 -May 2, M&TW 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: FRCC Advanced Technology Center, Longmont, CO
Cost: $1,200, Click HERE for Flyer
GE Additive Education Program Deadline 2/28/2018
GE is investing $10 million over five years in educational programs to deliver 3D printers to schools around the world. GE Additive is now accepting applications from schools and colleges for the 2018 cycle of its Additive Education Program (AEP). The application is live on the GE Additive website at The deadline for applications is February 28, 2018.
Colorado Automation Companies Grant Opportunity Deadline 3/12
Colorado production automation companies are encouraged to apply for the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) for the opportunity to attend the Hannover Messe Trade Show, April 23 – 27, 2018 in Hanover Germany, in partnership with the Global Business Development division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT). The application and eligibility requirements are available online here. Applications are due March 12, 2018. This is a competitive grant process with limited opportunities for funding. Learn more: Laura Brindle
CareerRise High School Summer Internship Program
5 Manufacturer Spots Left!
CareerRise has spots still available for manufacturers to host a high school intern over the summer. The business will benefit from a 50% wage match from the partnership. Contact Sandra Jackam or 970-498-6635 with questions.
Poudre High School Summer Internship Program
PWR Internships are a one-time, non-paid experience which lead to 5 – 10 course credits, career exploration, and provide students an opportunity to test their interest and aptitude in an industry before making a long term commitment. Meet some of our interns here! PSD provides worker’s compensation and liability insurance for all senior student interns. Contact Kelly Kappel or visit
Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest – March 3rd and 4th
The event will be hosted 10Am-5PM at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. There will be drones, zipline cars, toy hack, coding, live experiments, human minecraft, catapults, cardboard challenge, sweing, bear garden, food trucks and more.
Colorado Manufacturing Award – VOTE NOW!
We are proud to be supporting the 2018 Colorado Manufacturing Awards hosted by our friends at Company Week. The Northern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership is the trade host for the awards category of Outstanding Consumer/Lifestyle Brand. We are asking our Partnership to go the Company Week website and nominate a business for the category we are hosting. Of course, you are all welcome to join us at the CMA’s on April 5th as our Partnership will be highlighted during the event.
TCC – Wearable Technologies Workshop
April 23& 24 NASA Johnson Space Center Houston
If you are using or developing wearable technologies, there are several ways to get involved Challenge Program: On the first day of the workshop, teams of university students and startup companies (any organization can participate) will demonstrate proof-of-concept prototypes addressing real-world challenges, attend, present (If you are developing new wearable technologies or have an unmet challenge related to wearables, please contact the TCC to make a presentation at the workshop by sending an e-mail to join planning committee. Contact Bob Prochnow with questions
2017 Colorado Talent Pipeline Report
The report offers an examination of issues related to the supply and demand of talent in Colorado and strategies for strengthening the state’s talent pipeline. The report focuses on high-demand, high-growth jobs, that pay a good wage in two earnings tiers: one including jobs meeting a living wage for a family of three with one working adult, and a second including jobs meeting a living wage for an individual. The report also explores areas of untapped talent in Colorado.  Read the Report
Committee Updates
Manufacturing Rocks! Committee
This committee continues to be incredibly busy working to promote manufacturing as a career for students and to encourage dialogue between education and industry to align their training and workforce needs.
Check out YouTube for some videos geared for students on manufacturing done byEdge Factor and eduFACTOReduFACTOR Rock Mfg Day Kit is also available.
Job Posting and Job Search Tools
Connecting Colorado and TalentFOUND coming soon.
Looking to host a summer intern?
CareerRise Program and PWR Internship Program with PSD
Educators we have local manufacturers available to present to your students.
Click HERE for In-Class Presentations Flyer
Committee Monthly Meetings: 1st Tuesday of the month
For more information email
Networks Commitee
This committee focuses on the NOCOM Manufacturing and Trade Show, newsletter, In-site Tours, Lunch and Learns and website updates – Keeping you connected! Email any suggested lunch and learn topics or insite tour requests to Christine Juker
Committee Monthly Meetings: 3rd Friday of the month
For more information email