NoCo Mfg Partnership September Newsletter

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NoCo Manufacturing Partnership Members,


Welcome to the September e-newsletter. The partnership continues to work diligently to support manufacturing across the region. In August, the Networks Committee hosted a Lean Robotics Lunch and Learn which hosted over 30 attendees learning how to significantly reduce the cost and complexity of robotic cell deployment. Thank you EnerSys for hosting and Sticker Control for sponsoring this event. Don’t miss the September Lunch and Learn on Cybersecurity, which was requested by several of our members. Register quickly as limited registrations remain!


The Rocks! Committee is well underway planning for fall student tours and Parent’s Night November 8th. Manufacturers this is an amazing opportunity to captivate our future workforce with all you do to elevate the Northern Colorado Manufacturing and the economy. Check out the announcement section of the the newsletter for more details on how you can get involved. Scope out your next shining intern or apprentice!

Upcoming Events 


September Lunch and Learn – Cybersecurity

Improve Your Personal and Business Security

Jennifer Kurtz, PMP, Cyber Program Director, Manufacturer’s Edge

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

Loveland Chamber of Commerce

5400 Stone Creek Circle

Loveland, CO 80538


Please join us for a lunch and learn with Jennifer Kurtz, author of Hacking Wirless Access Points: Cracking, Tracking, and Signal Jacking. In this mini-cybersecurity session, we will discuss a few suggestions for low-cost (no-cost) practices to start improving both your personal and business security posture. Along the way, you will understand how to work toward compliance with Colorado’s new (and very forward-looking) privacy law. The bottom line is to start doing something to be more secure tomorrow than you were yesterday.


As threats and attack surfaces proliferate, choosing a strategy to make your business practices more secure can appear daunting, inconvenient, and inordinately expensive: an investment without assured returns. A good place to start is by stripping away the technical jargon and following a few of the commonsense habits we learned as children. Read More and Speaker Bio >


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





October Networking Night – Tariffs and What is on the Horizon for 2019?

Pete Mento, Vice President of Global Trade and Managed Services

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 5:00 -7:00PM MST

The Ranch at the Budweiser Event Center

5290 Arena Circle

Loveland, Co 80538


Join us for a discussion with Pete Mento, Vice President of Global Trade and Managed Services of Crane Worldwide Logistics on tariffs and what is ahead in 2019. Drinks and light appetizers will be provided following the presentation.


Thank You to Our Event Sponsors: Manufacturer’s Edge and Frontier Metal Stamping.


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





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


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

Cost: $800, 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


NOCO Manufacturing Supervisor Training

Part 1: Manage Your Team Sept 11 – Oct 9, Tues 1pm-5pm

Cost: $750, Flyer HERE


Part 2: Manage Your Business Oct 16 – Nov 13, Tues 1pm-5pm

Cost: $750, Flyer HERE


Article on NOCO Mfg Supervisor Training Program 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. To see more courses visit


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





Support the NoCo Mfg Partnership

NoCo Manufacturing Partnership is five years old this year, it is continuing to gain recognition across Colorado and beyond for its success in promoting workforce development and strengthening manufacturing. In large part this has been possible through state and local grants, as well as industry donations that have served to fund the Partnership’s expanding programs and initiatives. By making a donation, you can help us keep the NoCo Manufacturing Partnership growing and successful. Donations are tax deductible. For other donations and opportunities please contact Christine Juker at


$100 – Pays for 6 students to go on an onsite student tour

$500 – Pays for 50 students or parents to attend Manufacturing Parent Night

$800 – Pays for an entire bus of 40 students to go on an onsite student tour


 Thank you to our recent supporters for taking an active role in supporting our workforce initiatives and our activities to keep manufacturing growing and thriving! Recent supporters include: City of Greeley, The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO)/BI Incorporated, Research Electro-Optics, Inc., Vergent Products, HIRSH Precision Products, Inc., Aqua Hot and EKS&H, LLP.


Budget NOW for 2019 Summer Interns

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. The partnership’s goal is to grow the program each year and offer more positions. This summer there were 64 applicants with 13 interns placed across 8 companies. Help us place more interns by hosting a paid position at your business. The estimated cost for hosting one intern for 2019 is $2,193 for the hosting employer and the partnership will pay the remaining $2,193 which equates to 250 hrs total. Read more about the CareerRise Program HERE >


SAVE THE DATE: Manufacturers Needed for 3rd Annual Parent’s Manufacturing, Design & Engineering Night 11/8

This is an opportunity for you to share your passion for manufacturing careers with hundreds of students and parents! Mark your calendar now and plan to showcase your company in the exhibitor’s hall. Participants will attend a site tour at Woodward, receive educational career pathway information and visit manufacturing booths. Interested in participating in Parent’s Night? Please contact Sylvia Robinson at


STEMfest 9/15 in Loveland, CO

Manufacturers you’re invited to participate in the 2018 Day for Kids: STEAMfest event. This FREE community event will be held Saturday, September 15th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Centerra Promenade Shops in Loveland. This is a fun, low cost opportunity for your organization to help highlight the importance of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education to families living in and around Larimer County. As a vendor, you will need to provide a service or activity for attendees at your booth that is focused in the areas of STEAM.  For more information or to become a vendor, click here for the application and submit it to no later than 9/1.


Promote Business Through CDLE Workforce Development Month

The CDLE is looking for businesses willing to be highlighted via social media from each industry. This would reach potentially 2,500 followers and about 48,000 email recipients. The business would be quoted about their experience with workforce development, sector partnerships, or work-based learning. The business would help share information about Workforce Development Month via social media.


WEEK 1 – (Sept 3) – Leisure, hospitality and retail

WEEK 2 – (Sept 10) Apprenticeships and Youth

WEEk 3 – (Sept 17) Construction and Manufacturing –

WEEK 4 – (Sept 24) Healthcare and Technology –


Contact ShaJuana Williams, CWDC at with interest.


Nominations for COBRT’s Awards Luncheon – Deadline 10/12

The Colorado Business Roundtable believes in the power of being a champion. We are going to recognize Colorado’s champions in collaboration, partnerships, the business community and who go the extra mile to help make the business ecosystem of Colorado stronger. We welcome your nominations in the following categories:

Aerospace, Education and Workforce, Energy, Engineering, Farming and Agriculture, Financial Services, Government, Health and Wellness, Hospitality and Lodging, Manufacturing, Nonprofit, Technology and Tourism and Outdoor Recreation.

Nominate Now>


NOCO Mfg Supervisor Training Report

Eighty individuals from 27 different Northern Colorado Manufacturers have increased their Supervisor/Management skills by enrolling in the NoCO Manufacturing/Front Range Community College Supervisor Management Training for Manufacturers. With funding through the Colorado Workforce Development Council, the NoCO Manufacturing Partnership collaborated with FRCC to develop training designed especially for new supervisors in manufacturing.  Read More >


New Colorado Chapter of Women in 3D Printing

The Colorado Chapter kicked off with a networking event at CAP Logistics on August 16th. Women in 3D Printing is dedicated to promoting, supporting and inspiring women using additive manufacturing technologies. Their mission is to increase the visibility of women in additive manufacturing and encourage more women to use 3D Printing technologies. For more information, see the Wi3DP websiteFacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.



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

Manufacturer’s Edge Events

Business Community Climate Change Panel Discussion with Guest Moderator Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Wed, Sept 19 |4-6pm

Location: Geotech Environmental Equipment, Inc. 2650 East 40th Ave | Denver



Please join Congresswoman DeGette and a panel of business leaders on September 19th from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm at Geotech for a town hall discussion about the effects of climate change and environmental factors on businesses in the Denver area. This event will discuss topics of climate change that focus on the business ramifications rather than the political or scientific aspects of the issue. Register Now >


Manufacturers Excellence Workshop

Wed, Sept 26 | 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


Englewood Manufacturing Day Celebration

Thurs, Oct 4| 4:30-6:30pm

Palmer DCS, Englewood



Every October, people throughout North America take time to recognize the manufacturing industry by celebrating Manufacturing Day. This year, the City of Englewood, Manufacturer’s Edge, and Palmer DCS are coming together to host a local celebration honoring you—our Englewood manufacturing heroes! Register Now >