NoCo Mfg Partnership February Newsletter

Link to February Newsletter HERE.


NoCo Manufacturing Partnership Members,
Welcome to the February e-newsletter. The partnership continues to work diligently to support manufacturing across the region. In January, there were about 150 attendees at the Bi-Annual All Manufacturer’s Meeting hosted by the Town of Berthoud. The packed agenda included a celebration of 2018 achievements, board election results and a majority of the meeting focused on how manufacturer’s can open their doors and engage in work-based learning opportunities!
Thank you to Lee Wheeler of CWDC for sharing an overview with us on the Partner by Opening Your Doors, Colorado Business Engagement Guide. As promised please see the links to the Business Engagement Guide and Work-Based Learning Myth Busting document. Adam Crowe of LCEWC introduced us to the work-based learning (WBL) partners that were available to share their expertise and resources. The WBL partners included: DOL Office of Apprenticeship – Colorado, Employment Services of Weld County , CareerWise Colorado, Skillful, CareerRise, Aims and FRCC, Rocks & Networks Committees and Local School Partners. Please reference the WBL Partner Sheet for contact information.
The meeting closed with a B2B Networking event full of tasty drinks and Hors d’oeuvres. Thank you to our event sponsors AuerCPA, Front Range Community College and KeyBank. Our next bi-annual meeting will be in July. More details to come.
Board Election Results
We are pleased to welcome our new board members and thank our outgoing board members. A BIG thank you to Paul Harter of Aqua Hot Heating Systems, our fearless leader and founder, Phil Montera of Performance Partners, LLC, our rock and Stacy Miller of the Town of Windsor, our passionate and skilled eco devo partner! Your countless hours on the board has pushed us forward towards our mission in elevating Northern Colorado manufacturing. We are proud to welcome the following board members Sylvia Robinson of Tolmar, Inc., Andy Newcomb of Precision Machined Products, Amy MacNaughton of Woodward and Jessica Erickson of Longmont Economic Development. The board looks forward serving the partnership in 2019!
Upcoming Events
February CEO and Decision Makers Power Breakfast & Networking Event: How to Maximize the Value of Your Business
with Christina Haxton, The Center for Sustainable Strategies
Friday, February 8th, 2019 7 AM – 9 AM
815 14th Street SW
Building D
Loveland, Co 80537
Maximizing the value of your business today puts you in control – whether you want to increase growth, profitability and your time-freedom, or sell in the future for a premium. In this session Christina Haxton, MA LMFT CEO of the Center for Sustainable Strategies, Strategic & Executive Advisor and Certified Value Builder(™) Advisor, will reveal the eight factors that drive the bulk of your company’s value and suggestions on how to dramatically increase the value of your business.
Participants will walk away with practical strategies to:
  • Structure your business like Jason Fried re-positioned Basecamp to maximize its value.
  • Accelerate the pace of positive word-of-mouth for your business, using the same techniques as companies like Eventbrite, Intuit, Google and Apple.
  • Differentiate your business using the same methodology Warren Buffet looks for in the companies in which he invests.
  • Minimize your company’s reliance on your personal involvement using some of the strategies Tim Ferriss used to reduce the time he spent in his business to just four hours a week.
More details on the registration link including a Free Value Builder(TM) Score for all participants!
February Lunch and Learn – The Smartest All-In One 3D Sensors on the Planet
with Mitchell Conn, In-Position Technologies
Tuesday, February 12th, 2018 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM MST
1840 Delaware Place
Unit A
Longmont, Co 80501
Inline inspection can make a big difference in production quality and line efficiency.
The LMI Gocator series has built-in measurement tools to provide feedback for assembly and quality control processes, ensuring quality products. With a user friendly interface, PLC connectivity, and open-source SDK, LMI sensors are easily integrated into existing systems to solve 3D measurement control challenges.
  • Scan, measure and control within a single device
  • Laser Line Profile and Structured-Light Snapshot Sensors
  • Using LMI Gocator Series to increase quality and throughput
Event sponsorship available at $250, contact Chelsie Beller with interest!
Regional Advisory Meeting 2019
Manufacturers & Educators Collaborative Meeting
Friday, March 8th, 2018 8 AM – 12 PM
Aims Community College
5401 20th Street
Cornerstone Building – Conference Center
Greeley, CO 80634
You are invited to share your much needed input to prepare the next generation of manufacturers! The regional meeting provides a platform for discussing and understanding needs of the manufacturing industry. Public and private partners will discuss the Career and Technical Education needs for the upcoming year. Breakout sessions with manufacturers and educators are planned.
March Insite Tour – Whip Mix
Thursday, March 21, 2019 8 AM – 9:30 AM
1730 E Prospect Rd
Fort Collins, Colorado 80525
Whip Mix is a manufacturer of products for the dental, jewelry, and production industries. In 2019, our 100th year anniversary, we will continue to add products and services with a special focus on 3D scanning, milling, and printing. Whip Mix started with a dental spatula, designed to whip the mix in the dental laboratory. More details included on the registration link.
NOCOM 2019 – Exhibitor Booths Available
Thursday, April 11th, 2019 9 AM – 5 PM
The Ranch – Larimer County Fairgrounds
5280 Arena Circle
Loveland, CO 80538
10X10 Booth $415 | 10X20 Booth $565
NOCOM, the largest manufacturing trade show in Colorado, is back for the 5th year! Manufacturers and our supply-chain partners are invited to showcase your innovative products and services, network and grow their business relationships, while we show the community how manufacturing continues to be a strong contributor to the local economy. The show continues to grow, with 25% increase in exhibitor and attendee numbers in 2018, and over 70% of exhibitors having gained business from the show.
FRCC Spring Classes
GD&T for Machinist and Engineers, March 26-May 7, T & TH 6pm-9pm
Cost: $800, Flyer HERE
Supervisor Management Training Part 2, March 5 – April 2, T 8am-NooN
Cost: $750, Flyer HERE
AIMS Spring Offerings
3D CAD Modeling and 3D Printing, Jan 14- May 07
Learn to blend virtual and real design through the use of 3D CAD Modeling and 3D Printing by taking CAD 262-3D Printing starting in January. To see more details about this course and other CAD course opportunities in January click the course number.
Aims Basics of Carpentry Certificate = Opportunities for High Paying Job!
Complete your Basics of Carpentry Certificate at Aims this Spring 2019 and open many career opportunities for high paying jobs in the construction industry such as construction carpenters, cement masons, drywall installers and roofers. To earn a Basics of Carpentry Certificate, students earn three credits by taking three one-credit courses: Introduction to Carpentry, Basic Safety and Hand/Power Tool. Courses start January 15, contact Phong Tram at or 970-339-6373 for more information.
Certificate Flyer Here 
Manufacturer’s Edge Events
Addressing Colorado’s Manufacturing Skills Gap
February 7, 2019 | 12 – 1 pm
Location: Online webinar | Cost: Free
Skillful Colorado, a nonprofit initiative of the Markle Foundation, and Manufacturer’s Edge, the state’s representative of the MEP National Network, are partnering to help Colorado manufacturers find the skilled talent they need to grow and to put more Coloradans on paths to good jobs in the manufacturing sector.
Technology AdvantEDGE Series: Composites & Manufacturing
February 26, 2019 | 9 am – 4 pm
Wells Fargo Center, 1700 Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80203, USA
Cost: Free
Do you work with composites? Are you thinking about exploring composite technology in order to make your products lighter, faster, and more affordable? Are you simply curious about the technology and want to know more?
Join us for a 1-day interactive workshop designed to address the needs and interests of participants throughout all levels of experience from “Composites 101” introductory-level information to an advanced exploration of the numerous capabilities and opportunities.
CAMA Event
Feed and Speed CAMA B2B Lunch
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 | Noon – 2:45pm
The OakRoom at Oskar Blues Brewery | Longmont, CO
CAMA’ s trademarked Feed & Speek B2B Lunch is a blend of speed networking and invaluable industry intelligence. Pair with your business card and elevator pitch, andyou have rewarding business development and a thought provoking lunch. Economic forecast presented by Alex Chausovsky of ITR Economics. Invitation here>
For more information and to register, visit:
CAMA Member: Included in Membership
Non-Member: $95
FRCC Center for Integrated Manufacturing
Congratulations to Front Range Community College for developing a curriculum for four manufacturing programs as part of a new, innovative Center for Integrated Manufacturing (CIM that will open this summer.  Programs in Machining, Electronics, Automation, and Optics will be housed in a 28,000 square foot facility near the Front Range campus in Longmont. Our manufacturing future in Colorado depends on the success of initiatives like this one, as it will add to our pipeline of qualified employees. For more details about donating to their programs or to schedule a tour, please contact Paul Kelly ( or Ryan McCoy (Ryan.McCoy@
2019 Colorado Manufacturing Awards Nominations
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, 2019 in Denver, Colorado at the Cable Center on the University of Denver campus. Nominations close Friday, February 15, 2019. Nominate Here>
CWDC December News Round Up
Read the newsletter which includes the 2018 Talent Pipeline Report and more >
Work-Based Learning Workshop
Larimer County Economic & Workforce Development is offering several work-based learning workshops including: Tours to Grow Your Talent Pool, Internships, and Registered Apprenticeships 101. Workshop Flyer Here>
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.
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! Current focus membership awareness campaign.
Monthly Meetings: 3rd Friday of the month 8AM at EWI Loveland
For more information email
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