NoCo Mfg Partnership October Newsletter

Link to October Newsletter HERE


NoCo Manufacturing Partnership Members,


Welcome to the October e-newsletter. The partnership continues to work diligently to support manufacturing across the region. In September, the Networks Committee hosted a Cybersecurity Lunch and Learn which hosted over 20 attendees learning how to improve your personal and business security. Thank you to the Loveland Chamber of Commerce for hosting and Inspirity for sponsoring this event. Circle Graphics, the largest grand format printing company in North America, located in Longmont hosted over 26 attendees for the September insite tour. Thank you for sharing facility and best practices with us!


The Rocks! Committee is excited about the seven fall tours planned for students in Poudre, Thompson, St. Vrain and Boulder School Districts. The partnership is always looking for more manufacturer partners to host a tour at their facility! If you have an interest please contact for more details!


Please note that Parent’s Night has been moved to November 15th and we welcome all manufacturers that would like to participate. More details in the announcement section of the newsletter.

Upcoming Events 


October Lunch and Learn – Give a CRAP!

Panelist include: John Benjamin, Jose Pineda, Anthony Navarro, and Skylar Schissler

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM MST

Whip Mix Corporation

1730 E Prospect Road

Fort Collins, CO 80525


Give a CRAP! This program reaches to the very heart of the issues NOCO Manufacturers have consistently listed as issues they deal with in the educational round tables.


Attracting and retaining talent is a challenge for every organization while growing profits.


CRAP is an acronym for:

Culture: what is yours, how strong is it and does it need adjusting? How does culture impact your organization and why do you need to care.

Retention: does it feel like your company is a revolving door for new hires? How to slow and even stop the revolving door feeling.

Attitude: does your workforce have the right attitude for success, the attitude of accountability. How do you build a winning mindset for your workforce – one the reinforces accountability?

Profit: all the programs in the world are useless if they cost you more to implement than they can deliver. We will provide you with tips on how to measure the success of your programs in dollars and cents; along with some of the soft measurements.


This program is being presented to NOCO Manufacturing in the form of a panel discussion. We will have three speakers and a facilitator. Each of the panelists will briefly present a strategy to the group and the facilitator will lead the discussion around that point. This will allow the participants to see how they can use this strategy or tool in their business.


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





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

Pete Mento, Vice President of Global Trade and Managed Services

Thursday, Nov 8th, 2018 5:00PM -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, World Trade Center Denver, Frontier Metal Stamping and Key Equipment Finance.


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





November Insite Tour – Rice’s Lucky Clover Honey Greeley

Thursday, Nov 15, 2018 8AM

Rice’s Lucky Clover Honey

3331 W 29th Street

Greeley, Colorado 80631


Rice’s(r) Honey, a leading producer of high quality, U.S. only raw & unfiltered honey since 1924, was founded right here in Greeley, Colorado. L.R. Rice founded Rice’s Honey, which was headquartered on 8th Avenue for over 70 years. In 2014, the company relocated its operations to 3331 West 29th Street to accommodate the ever-expanding business. Rice’s Honey has generated brand equity through its commitment of producing premium, high quality, raw and unfiltered honey at affordable prices. Rice’s Honey works with local beekeepers to provide several local, raw & unfiltered honey varieties throughout various states and regions across the U.S.


Their new “Local Hive” label will support our local honey products that are an artisan blend of various floral types that are regionally sourced, packed in Greeley, Colorado, and delivered to participating grocery stores throughout the United States. The new label design change also coincides with Rice’s new alliance with PACE, “Pollinator Awareness Through Conservation and Education”, the Butterfly Pavilion’s non-profit global initiative to restore habitats, strengthen populations and reintroduce pollinators into native habitats around the world. Check out their new website at:



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


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 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 Offerings


Aims Community College’s expanded Welding Technology program is offered at the state-of-the-art Applied Technology and Trades Center on the Greeley campus as well as on the Fort Lupton campus. Students learn the most common cutting, welding and metal fabrication processes as well as reading prints, layout, metallurgy and weld inspection. Fall 2018 courses with October start dates are still available with weeknight/weekend options. To learn more and see courses visit 


Do you have a group of employees you need to train in Welding or another topic? The Center for Workforce Development and Innovation (CWDI) at Aims will customize and deliver quality, cost- effective training programs for your company in a variety of topics from soft skills to technical skills. CWDI has been hitting the road bringing technical training onsite for manufacturers in northern Colorado using our new portable trainers in topics such as PLC, pneumatic troubleshooting, motor controls, mechanical drives, basic hydraulics, AC/DC electrical and precision gauging.  We bring the subject matter expert and the hands-on application trainers to your site. To learn more contact


Manufacturer’s Edge Events

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 >


CAMA Events

CAMA South 2018 SOCOM Summit

Thursday, October 4 | 11:30am – 6:00pm

Colorado Springs, CO

Featuring: Facilitated Networking, Access CAMA Forum, Keynote Address, and Product Showcase Tables. 


For more information and to register, visit:






LCWDC Work-Based Learning Symposium

Larimer County Economic & Workforce Development Training is offering the following workshops: Tours to Grow Your Talent Pool, Internships- Steps to Building a Program to Help Build Your Business, Registered Apprenticeships 101. More info HERE>


CareerRise 2018 Report

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. NoCo expanded the program by 62% and met the goal of placing 13 interns. 100% of businesses would like to participate next year. Read more about the results of the 2018 CareerRise Program HERE >


SAVE THE DATE: Manufacturers Needed for 3rd Annual Parent’s Manufacturing, Design & Engineering Night 11/15 (Rescheduled)

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


Thompson School District CareerWise Youth Apprenticeship Kick Off 10/15

Loveland & Berthoud are now CareerWise Apprenticeship Communities. You are invited to celebrate and learn more about apprenticeship opportunities beginning in Fall 2019 for sophomores with in the Thompson School District. RSVP by 10/5 >


Free Industrial Cyber Briefing at Budweiser Event Center 10/4

As industrial and manufacturing companies connect more systems through digital transformation, they introduce new risks to their environments. TMMI powered by GrayMatter’s Cyber Lead will walk you through how to mitigate those risks and devlop an architecture to protect against threats both external and internal. Event Flyer>


Nordson Golf Outing and Fundraiser 10/13

Nordson Medical would like to invite NoCo members to their fundraising golf outing. Funds collected get distributed to NoCo schools and charities. Nordson Corp will match each dollar that is raised. To register or sponsor please click on Event Flyer>


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>


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., J&B Machine, Aqua Hot and EKS&H, LLP.



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