NoCo Mfg Partnership Newsletter August II

Congratulations to the volunteer award winners!


NoCo Manufacturing Partnership Members,


Welcome to the August e-newsletter. The partnership continues to work diligently to support manufacturing across the region. On July 12th the partnership celebrated its 5 Year anniversary with 90 attendees at EWI in Loveland. The celebration was sponsored by EKS&H Capital Advisers and beer was donated by New Belgium. Over the last 5 years the partnership has worked passionately to ensure NoCo Manufacturers and our communities through through efforts that include networking, education and industry events. A few stats include: 1615 students attended tours to date, 291 attended Insite Tours and over 14 lunch and learn events offered over the last two years. Manufacturing membership continues to grow, with over 20% increase since March 2017. Over 230 manufacturer members help drive the mission forward. If you were unable to attend the celebration please view presentation slides here.



NoCo was proud to recognize the following volunteer award winners:


Outstanding Board Member: 

Mina Cox of Specialty Products who serves as NoCo Treasurer


Outstanding NOCOM Volunteer: 

Katie Woslager, Senior Grant Manager with OEDIT


Outstanding Committee Chair: 

Kyle Kingrey of BI, Inc. serving as Mfg. Rocks Committee Chair


Outstanding Industry Partner Volunteer:

Sylvia Robinson of TOLMAR, Inc.

Outstanding Public Partner Volunteer: 

Josh Weisman, Poudre High School Shop Teacher


Outstanding Industry Partner: 

EWI Colorado, Rick Gardner


Outstanding Public Partner Volunteer: 

City of Loveland


For a full list of nominees see 5 year celebration presentation.



Upcoming Events 


August Lunch and Learn – Lean Robotics

Mitchell Conn, Automation Engineer with In-Position Technologies

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM MST


1751 S Fordham

Longmont, CO 80503


Join us for a lunch and learn on lean robotics with Mitchell Conn. Lean Robotics is a set of principles developed by Robotiq CEO Samuel Bouchard. In his book, Sam and his team lay out an efficient and cost effective method to deploy robots in factories with the goal of achieving a quick Return on Investment to the manufacturer. Modern robotic cells  are often too costly and difficult to convert most manual manufacturing processes.


This seminar will explore how the Principals in Lean Robotics can provide manufacturers with the tools needed to significantly reduce the cost and complexity of robotic cell deployment. The seminar will provide an overview of the fundamental aspects of Lean Robotics and provide an explanation of the methodology used to simplify the deployment of robots in factories.


Limited seating, please note that manufacturers will be given first priority. Thank You to Our Event Sponsor Sticker Control!





September Insite Tour – Circle Graphics Longmont

Future Insite Tour- November is Rice’s Lucky Clover Honey in Greeley

Thursday, September 20, 2018 8AM

Circle Graphics

120 9th Ave

Longmont, Colorado 80501


Circle Graphics prints everything from billboards to canvas wraps to business signage industry leader in value and innovation. Join us to visit their Longmont facility in September.


Limited RSVPs and please note that manufacturers will be given first priority.





FRCC Fall Classes

All classes below are held at FRCC Advanced Technology Center, Longmont, CO

Intro to Machining, Aug 25- Dec 11, T & TH 6pm-9pm

Cost: $2,095, Flyer HERE


Intermediate Machining, Aug 28- Dec 13, T & TH 6pm-9pm

Cost: $2,095, Flyer HERE


SolidWorks, Sept 17 – Nov 7, M&W 6pm-9pm

Cost: $800, Flyer HERE


Mastercam, Aug 27 – Oct 10, M & W 6pm-9pm

Cost: $800 + book, Flyer HERE


GD&T for Machinist and Engineers, Oct 15- Dec 3, T & TH 6pm-9pm

Cost: $800, Flyer HERE


Critical Thinking, Oct 15- Oc 24, M & W 6pm-9pm

Cost: $450, Flyer HERE




AIMS Fall Classes

Aims Community College at their new state-of-the-art Applied Technology and Trades Center offers a full menu of credit courses in Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) for beginners to advanced users. Below is a sample of courses available in the fall 2018 semester. To see more courses visit


CAD 101 – Computer Aided Drafting/2D I 

CAD 102 – Computer Aided Drafting/2D II 

CAD 255 – SolidWorks/Mechanical 


The Center for Workforce Development and Innovation at Aims has also offered onsite customized corporate training in popular CAD topics such as Solidworks. The Center recently added several Amatrol portable trainers to provide corporate training onsite for companies in a variety of topics such as PLC, pneumatic troubleshooting, motor controls, mechanical drives, basic hydraulics, AC/DC electrical and precision gauging. To learn more contact


Manufacturer’s Edge Events

Manufacturing Excellence Webinar Online

Wed, Sept 6, 2018 | Noon – 1pm

Instructor: Shane Barber, Director of Organizational Excellence, Manufacturer’s Edge | Bio


A one-hour overview of the Manufacturing Excellence process that helps leaders assess their organization in order to identify the pain points and obstacles that impact productivity, on-time delivery, quality, employee performance and retention, safety and – ultimately – revenue. Register Now



Manufacturers Excellence Workshop

Wed, Sept 26, 2018 | 8:30am – 12:30pm

Location: TBD


A four-hour interactive workshop designed to help leaders identify the pain points within their organization and help them redesign the processes and systems that lead to substantive changes in performance and productivity. Registration opens 7/25


CAMA Events

CAMA Golf Tournament

Friday, August 17, 2018 | 8:00am – 2:30pm


Foursome: $700/Single Golfer: $175

For more information and to register, visit:






Impacting Future Workforce Through Internships

The CareerRise program managed by the Larimer County Workforce Center continues to make a major impact on work based learning opportunities for the future workforce. High school students have a paid summer internship experience with local manufacturing companies funded in part by The NoCo Mfg Partnership and the hosting businesses. Some exemplary interns get placed with permanent positions after their internship is completed.


As the program has grown in available positions over the years, so has the growth in applicants providing a need for more businesses to participate in the program moving forward. The Rocks! Committee has a goal to double the internships opportunities in 2019 and will be looking for manufacturing companies to participate in hosting the positions. If you are interested in the CareerRise program please contact Sandra Jackam for more information.


Thank you to our current businesses for making these internships possible: Advanced Energy, BI Incorporated, Colorado Time Systems, DaVinci Sign Systems, Inc., FiberLok, Specialty Products Company, Super Vacuum Manufacturing, and Western Heritage Company. We also thank several of our financial partners that help fund this program including Colorado Workforce Development Council, City of Fort Collins and several other private partners.



Note: 2018 1 business dropped out with 2 positions.



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. Work based learning will be discussed more in the next meetings.


Monthly Meetings: 1st Tuesday of the month 3:30PM at EWI Loveland

For more information email

Networks Committee

This committee focuses on the NOCOM Manufacturing and Trade Show, newsletter, In-site Tours, Lunch and Learns and website updates – Keeping you connected! Welcome the new committee chair, Chelsie Beller and co-chair Jonathan Hall.


Monthly Meetings: 3rd Friday of the month 8AM at EWI Loveland

For more information email


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