Press Release: NoCO Manufacturing Partnership Announces Donations from Local Manufacturers and Public Partner to Celebrate 5 Year Anniversary and Future Programming

For Immediate Release


Christine Juker

Partnership Coordinator




NoCO Manufacturing Partnership Announces Donations from Local Manufacturers and Public Partner to Celebrate 5 Year Anniversary and Future Programing


Loveland, Colorado— Northern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership (NoCo) has announced receiving donations from the 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 LLLP in the 3rd quarter of the 2018.


These organizations joined NoCo in celebrating their 5-Year Anniversary Celebration on July 12th 2018 held at EWI in Loveland. The donations help support the organization’s mission to make American manufacturing great by driving a passionate, collaborative partnership so that Northern Colorado Manufacturing and our communities thrive.

Over the past 5 years the partnership has grown its membership and programs to offer networking, education and workforce opportunities to over 230 manufacturer companies and over 1000 members including manufacturers and supply chain, public partners, educators and supporting services.

The Rocks! Workforce Committee has hosted 1,615 students to date that have provided facility tours with the help of over 100 manufacturer companies. In 2017, the Networks Committee coordinated 5 manufacturing facility site tours and with over 170 in attendance. The lunch and learn program continues to grow with monthly programs boasting over 30 attendees each month and the B2B Networking events and Bi-Annual Meeting engages over 100 attendees.

The NoCo website,, was recently redesigned by media partner Old Town Media (OTM), giving users a much easier and enjoyable online experience.

These programs and tools have been made possible through state and local grants, as well as industry donations that have served to fund the Partnership’s expanding programs and initiatives.

“As NoCo looks ahead to future goals and growth, funding is key. With NoCo being a volunteer lead organization, we are encouraged by the support from the community and their engagement over the last 5 years. The sector partnership shines when industry, workforce and public partners come together to elevate and push forward initiatives that build a stronger economy, without funding none of our programs are possible” says Heidi Hostetter, NoCo Chair.

Chris Helwick of the City of Greeley said, “Greeley is excited to add it’s financial support to the Northern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership — one of the most successful sector partnerships in the state. For the past five years, we have seen this organization grow in size and influence, expand its workforce development programming to serve students and schools districts across the entire region, and take proactive steps in shifting the reputation of the manufacturing industry as a whole. This consistent progress says a great deal. It shows that we all have a determined and capable champion for manufacturing in northern Colorado, and, like many other municipalities, Greeley looks forward to continuing to support this organization in every way we can.”

Kyle Kingrey of GEO/BI said, “BI Incorporated is pleased to support our partnership goals with the NOCO Manufacturing Rocks! Program. For more than 30 years, BI has provided innovative technology and services to thousands of community corrections agencies and millions of individuals in communities across the United States. Engaging with local youth through the Manufacturing Rocks! Program is particularly satisfying and provides them with hands-on exposure to our culture and technology. BI is proud to be a Boulder-based company that positively impacts the lives of more than 175,000 people every day.”

For more information about the NoCo Manufacturing Partnership visit


About the NOCO Manufacturing Rocks! Program

The NoCo Manufacturing Rocks program is committed to workforce development.  Through career awareness tours, internships, scholarships, curriculum development, and partnerships with educators and other workforce professionals, The Partnership works to encourage and develop the manufacturing industry’s next generation of workers.

About City of Greeley

Greeley is a growing and flourishing community of approximately 100,000 residents and is located 50 miles north of Denver between the South Platte and Cache la Poudre Rivers. It was founded as the Union Colony in 1869, an experimental utopian society when Nathan Meeker led the early “Union Colonists.” Greeley was primarily an agricultural development, with some of the first successfully irrigated farmland in the state. Agri-business still provides a firm economic base as Weld County ranks in the top 10 agricultural producing counties in the nation. The positive business climate and welcoming culture have become a draw for new residents, visitors, and businesses looking to succeed. Greeley has something for everyone with rich cultural diversity, affordable housing, low tax rates, excellent educational opportunities, and a high-quality workforce.

About The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO) and BI Incorporated

The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO) is the world’s leading provider of correctional, detention, and community reentry services with 98 facilities, approximately 78,500 beds, and 18,000 employees around the globe. GEO’s facilities are located in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and South Africa. As a leading provider in the industry since 1984, GEO offers high-quality, cost-effective services with state-of-the-art designs, innovative programs, and ground-breaking treatment approaches. The GEO Group is made up of two divisions, the Corrections and Detention division and the GEO Community Services division. Find us on LinkedIn, and YouTube.

About Vergent Products

Vergent Products was founded in 1995 on two core principles; exceptional client experience and the engagement of a diverse team of experts focused on continually elevating our clients’ success. While we are proud of our many successes, we continue to refine our systems centered on capturing the beneficial dynamics of highly refined iterative product delivery. Find us on LinkedIn, Blogger, and YouTube

About HIRSH Precision Products, Inc.

Hirsh Precision designs and manufactures high quality precision-machined parts and assemblies for a variety of industries and customers.  They utilize the latest advanced manufacturing and metrology equipment, shop floor automation, visual management, and a host of industry-leading best practices for team growth and engagement.  Their investment in the latest technology and their intentional pursuit of a vibrant, healthy team culture has set them apart from the competition for the past 40 years. Find them on LinkedIn, Twitter, and at

About Aqua Hot

Founded in 1984, Aqua-Hot Heating Systems’ products improve and provide unmatched comfort for mobile applications including manufactured housing, recreational vehicles, tiny homes, work trucks, heavy equipment, ATVs, and other applications. Contact Aqua-Hot Systems, 7501 Miller Dr., Frederick, CO 80504. Toll free: 8001-685-4298 or 303-651-5500;;



EKS&H is a nationally recognized professional services firm providing audit, tax, technology, wealth advisory, and business consulting services to public and private clients locally, nationally and internationally. On October 1, 2018, the firm joins forces with Plante Moran, another renowned accounting, tax, and consulting firm, to become the 11th largest firm in the nation. Plante Moran has a staff of more than 2,300 professionals in offices throughout Michigan, Ohio and Illinois with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; Mumbai, India; and Tokyo, Japan. Like EKS&H, Plante Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work.


About Old Town Media

OTM is a full-service boutique-marketing agency specializing in humanized marketing  – from humans to humans – for businesses who seek a long-term partner. The agency’s success is rooted in its client relationships and its hands-on approach to customized business-driven solutions. Old Town Media provides in-depth strategy to achieve measurable results and its core values reflect its dedication to honesty, transparency and character.

About Northern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership

The NoCo Manufacturing Partnership was formed in 2013 as a result of Governor Hickenlooper’s state Economic Development plan called the Colorado Blue Print. The Blue Print identified 11 key sectors of the economy in Colorado by region. Northern Colorado’s two main sectors identified were Health and Wellness and Advanced Manufacturing. Regions within the state were encouraged to form sector partnerships to provide more localized grass roots support to augment state efforts in each sector. These would be industry specific, led by business, in partnership with economic development, education and workforce development. A collaboration arose as part of the Blue Print process involving people from each of these affiliations and the NoCo Manufacturing Partnership was born. It continues to be an all-volunteer, business led, FREE membership organization designed to support Northern Colorado manufacturers. It is served by a Board of Directors, representing each affiliation from private business to local government, as well as two active committees: Networking and Manufacturing Talent/Rocks! Find us on the web, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.