May 21, 2020
Our dear friends at Ready Foods, Inc. recently posted this photo and caption on LinkedIn and we love it so much we wanted to share it with our readers: "In any job, we encounter problems of all shapes and sizes. To be better problem solvers, our teams are learning how to practice Kata daily with Manufacturer's Edge. Kata is a way of adopting scientific thinking skills to get to the root of an issue and make small changes each day as we march towards a solution. We are proud of our most recent group of team members who worked on their Kata coaching skills virtually!"
In this issue:
An Exciting New Chapter for Sumer Sorensen-Bain

Manufacturer's Edge presents: Ramping Back Up Under COVID

Upcoming Events
sumerAn Exciting New Chapter for Sumer Sorensen-Bain
COO Sumer Sorensen-Bain is leaving at the end of the month to pursue new opportunities after more than 2 decades with Manufacturer's Edge
Sumer Sorensen-Bain
After 24 years of service to the Colorado manufacturing community, our Chief Operating Officer, Sumer Sorensen-Bain, will be leaving Manufacturer's Edge at the end of May in order to launch a new, exciting chapter in her already accomplished career.
Sumer was first introduced to the Manufacturing Extension Partnership as a college intern at Colorado Mesa University (then Mesa State College) in 1996. For several years, she worked under her mentor Monty Rutherford and got to know the manufacturing leaders on the Western Slope. It was there that she was responsible for the implementation of IT-based systems and Y2K programming along with many of the concepts and products that are integral to a successful manufacturing operation. But, more importantly, she learned how to connect with business owners and found a passion and a talent for embracing their visions and helping to nurture them into existence.
Through the years, her dedication to the companies, service providers, economic developers, and key partners across the state has put her in a unique position to shift the landscape of manufacturing in Colorado by making connections, supporting initiatives, and improving the lives of every single person she touches. While never one to take credit or ask for recognition, our clients have relied on Sumer to be a teacher, a resource, a trusted advisor, and a friend.
In more recent years, Sumer has led the charge to diversify the services offered by the team at Manufacturer's Edge. While Lean has always been the backbone of our organization, Sumer recognized that there are a myriad of other needs and philosophies, which led to the development and launch of our holistic approach called Business Excellence. Another need that was near and dear to Sumer's heart was helping small manufacturers. Knowing that more than 80% of our manufacturing companies have less than 20 employees, Sumer approached our partners at OEDIT, the SBDCs, and the World Trade Center of Denver and launched the Small Manufacturer's AdvantEDGE program that has served nearly 300 companies and helped them realize more than $5M in increased sales.
Sumer has earned a stellar reputation across the state as well as throughout the MEP National Network. She is loyal civil servant and passionate about her work and about helping people. We are all sad to see her go, but excited to see where she winds up on her new adventure. After more than two decades of service and commitment, she may be off to spread her wings, but we're certain this is not the last you'll see of Sumer Sorensen-Bain.
We will miss Sumer dearly, but rest assured that the Manufacturer's Edge team will not miss a beat in serving Colorado. In this unprecedented time of challenge and dislocation, we're completely focused on helping our state and our manufacturers survive this crisis. We are here for you!
mfrManufacturer's Edge presents:
Ramping Back Up Under COVID
A four-part series of tools and resources to help your company ramp back up and stay safe and stay open for business
We have compiled a series of tools and resources your company can start using today to ramp back up production during these tumultuous times. Each one can be used as a stand-alone resource or as a series of deeper and more detailed guides. As always, feel free to use these tools on your own or reach out to our staff for more guidance. We are here to help.

The series consists of four parts:
1) A Quick Start Guide to Staying Open - a brief 5-page PDF designed to give you a snapshot overview of strategies to maintain employee safety, employee health, and facility safety with links to materials and information from OSHA, CDPHE, NIOSH, and WHO (available to download here)   
2) Preventative Manufacturing Measures: Part 1 - checklist with suggestions on everything from facility-wide communication to changing time clock procedures to minimize contact (available to download here)
3) Preventative Manufacturing Measures: Part 2 - a deeper dive into the specific guidelines issued by the State of Colorado and the tools and strategies you should consider to be compliant with monitoring and screening practices, recommended PPE, contact tracing, and much more (available to download here)
4) Event Response and Business Recovery - a four-part webinar series and a comprehensive checklist to prepare you for whatever unexpected events your company may face in the future (find out more) 

For an overview of each of the tools in the Ramping Back Up Under COVID suite and an in-depth discussion of the state's guidelines, please watch our recently recorded webinar. For more information on how Manufacturer's Edge can help you stay safe and stay open, please contact your Regional Director.

May 22, 2020 \\ 11 am - 1 pm
  • Heidi Hostetter, H2 Manufacturing & Faustson Tools (Global Supply Chains: Worth the Risk - A Manufacturing Community Discussion) Panelists: Mina Cox, Specialty Products; Kyle Pettine, Otter Products
  • EJ Achtner, HSBC Bank USA (Blockchain, APIs, and FinTech: How is applied innovation bridging the global trade gap?)


May 29, 2020 \\ 3 - 5 pm
  • Catherine Ceresa, Martello Risk (What is the Future of Supply Chain Sustainability? A Discussion on Responsible Supply Chains) Panelists: Andrea Vaccari, Freeport-McMoRan; Alyssa Harding, Sustainable Food Trade Association ; Jeannie Renne-Malone, VF Corp
  • Happy Hour

Find out more and register today

The Catalyst Accelerator's Tech Collision event is sponsored by the Air Force Research Lab Space Vehicles Directorate, the Small Business Administration SBIR/STTR program, and Tech Warriors. Selected companies will pitch their space or space-related technology to a room of Government tech scouts and another room of Industry tech scouts. Day 3 will be a posterboarding and tech demonstration day open to the public.
Why apply?
  • Greater exposure!
  • On-point networking!
  • Business-strengthening training!
  • Hawaiian-style fun at the Wednesday night luau! 
Click here to apply
Applications close on May 25
camaThe CAMA Conversation
by Dave Jeffrey, Chair of the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association
Dave Jeffrey, CEO & Owner, JPM Prototype & Mfg, Inc.
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated what we already knew - manufacturing is essential.

As the national pandemic works its way through its tenth week, manufacturers are preparing for the next challenge: rebuilding a broken supply chain.

The current pandemic has demonstrated our country's over-dependence on foreign countries providing low-cost production. Protective personal equipment (PPE) shortages are immediate consequences of the offshoring decisions of the past 20 years.

As national policymakers begin exploring policy fixes to re-shore manufacturing to the U.S., they must understand that the small to medium-sized manufacturers will be the ones to rebuild America's broken supply chain. While politicians are talking, the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association (CAMA) and its national partner, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), are acting.

As Chairman of CAMA and owner of my own contract machine shop, JPM Prototype & Mfg., Inc, I understand the simplest way to strengthen the U.S. supply chain is to help U.S. manufacturers connect with one another. The vehicle to make this connection is the national Manufacturers Marketplace.
The Manufacturers Marketplace is a searchable database designed to connect U.S. manufacturers. It was created by and for manufacturers to be the epicenter of the current re-shoring initiative. (...)

weekCompanyWeek Supplier Bulletin
CompanyWeek is distributing a twice-weekly summary of posts from companies with production capabilities, specific needs, or those wanting to post RFP/Qs, to connect with local companies, to ease COVID-related disruptions. View the running list, under  Made+Manufactured. Submit your listing here.
events Upcoming Events
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manufacturing events taking place around Colorado
World Trade Month 2020
Fri, May 22 @ 11am-1pm
Heidi Hostetter, H2 Manufacturing & Faustson Tools: Global Supply Chains: Worth the Risk - A Manufacturing Community Discussion Panelists: Mina Cox, Specialty Products; Kyle Pettine, Otter Products
EJ Achtner, HSBC Bank USA: Blockchain, APIs, and FinTech: How is applied innovation bridging the global trade gap?
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Manufacturer's Online Happy Hour 
Thur, May 28 @ 4-5pm 
Support Colorado Manufacturing by cracking a cold Colorado-made beer, opening a bottle of Colorado wine, or mixing up a cocktail with a fine Colorado distilled spirit and login for our Colorado Manufacturer's Online Happy Hour. Hosted by H2 Manufacturing Solutions and Manufacturer's Edge.
Find out more

World Trade Month 2020
Fri, May 29 @ 3-5pm

Catherine Ceresa, Martello Risk: What is the Future of Supply Chain Sustainability? A Discussion on Responsible Supply Chains Panelists: Andrea Vaccari, Freeport-McMoRan; Alyssa Harding, Sustainable Food Trade Association ; Jeannie Renne-Malone, VF Corp


Happy Hour


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