MANUFACTURING MINUTES \\ December 17, 2020
The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide is now available to view on our website and through Issuu. This year's guide features some familiar products as well as a whole slew of new treasures. Everything from spirits and apparel to aprons and tiny homes, plus something for every budget. We hope you enjoy and that you will find something fun to put under the tree this year!

Shelli Brunswick, Manufacturer's Edge Board Member Recipient of WomenTech Global Award

We announced in the November newsletter that our beloved board member Shelli Brunswick had been nominated as a finalist for the WomenTech Global Awards for Diversity & Inclusion Officer and Role Model of the Year. And now, we are pleased to report that, on December 3, she was officially presented the award. Congratulations to Shelli Brunswick and thank you for being an outstanding role model for us all!

Nominations for 6th annual Colorado Manufacturers Awards are now open! 

For the 6th consecutive year, CompanyWeek and Manufacturer's Edge are hosting the Colorado Manufacturing Awards to shine a light on the region's outstanding OEMs, brands, contract manufacturers and suppliers. 

We're again excited to invite Colorado's stellar manufacturers to nominate in one of 12 industry and four achievement categories. View the criteria and NOMINATE your company here.

Nominations close in mid February. 

One bright spot from an otherwise crazy 2020 is Colorado's manufacturing economy. We have a unique opportunity to maintain that momentum. As a result, the CMAs have never been more important. Join us in celebrating manufacturing by nominating your company

Contact Jessica Cowden at or Bart Taylor at with questions.
The Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Institute
at MSU Denver
State-of-the-art advanced manufacturing equipment and interdisciplinary courses taught by industry experts combine with real-world student projects to prepare the next generation of advanced manufacturing professionals. The Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Institute (AMSI) at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) is focused on workforce development and producing graduates that are well prepared to assume positions in a variety of in-demand sectors throughout Colorado’s high tech industries. 

The AMSI has developed an innovative approach to advanced manufacturing education that integrates Aerospace Science and Aviation Technology, Industrial Design, Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology, Computer Science, and Computer Information Systems. “AMSI integrates and coordinates disciplines providing advanced technology opportunities and experiential laboratories which result in highly-skilled, workforce-ready graduates meeting the needs of advanced manufacturing in Colorado,” states Ted Shin, AMSI Interim Lockheed Martin Endowed Director.

Working in a dynamic learning space that integrates product with collaborative design, students have the opportunity to use a Stratasys Fortus 900mc in the Lockheed Martin Additive Manufacturing Laboratory and an Okuma M560V Mill in the Hartwig Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory. Students use this integrative approach to find solutions to problems facing our community. Last spring, when personal protective equipment was in short supply, students produced full-face shields that were donated to local nursing homes and University nursing programs at MSU Denver and Colorado Christian University.(...)

The 2020-2021 WTC Denver Training Catalog is ready to download here and all 2021 training sessions are open for registration. Classes are taught by trade experts in an engaging virtual setting with real-world examples. 
Have a question about a training? Wondering which trainings would be valuable for your team? Have a question about how to apply them towards your Certificate in International Trade?  
Contact Tanya Arnt, WTC Education Coordinator, for details.

Also, be sure to register for the first event of 2021:

Energy & Electric Vehicles
Part 1 of the WTC Denver Sustainability Series
January 7, 2021 | 12 - 1 pm MT
Live Virtual Event
Cost is free
Join us to hear from the most innovative brands in the Electric Vehicle Space, including our own Colorado Department of Transportation's EV Team, in collaboration with Colorado Cleantech Industries Association, and learn how this technology impacts you and your business!

Volume 33 - Christmas List 2020: Naughty or Nice?
As a year-end wrap (aaauugh! that reminds me of all those grandchildren gifts waiting for attention and postage), I thought a noncontroversial list of notable acts naughty and nice would be useful. But with the publication deadline close upon me, I decided to further limit that scope’s list to cybersecurity acts. After all, I want to save time to peruse the always entertaining annual Holiday Gift Guide and do a bit of shopping.

Here are deceptively easy questions: Who sees you when you’re sleeping? Who sees when you’re awake? Apparently, it’s not just Santa Claus. Less benign groups than Santa and his elves are watching us and looking to enter our houses/lives via devices rather than down chimneys.

2020 Cybersecurity Naughty List Candidates

This year has been rich with candidates for the “naughty acts” list. Here is a non-exhaustive list of evil deeds:

  • The U.S. Marshals Service reported exposure of personal information about 387K current and former prisoners (name, address, DOB, SSN).
  • Hackers hit teen app Wishbone, then extracted and posted 40M user records.
  • The online kids’ game Animal Jam was hacked in October 2020 and 7,104,998 accounts were compromised (dates of birth, email addresses, genders, IP addresses, names, passwords, physical addresses, usernames). Of concern is identity theft because (1) children have “naïve” credit histories, making it easier for criminals to use their social security numbers for fraudulent activities; (2) children are not typically trained to check their credit reports because they and their parents “know” there is no history to report; and (3) opportunities for “synthetic identify theft,”[i] in which thieves create new identities using a combination of real and fictitious information. (...)