November 2015 - In This Issue:
How Can We Serve You Better?

With the addition of a full time, dedicated Marketing Manager, we are looking to gather some data on how we can do a better job of reaching you with information about events, programs, and opportunities to help your company grow. As a thank you, those who complete the survey will be entered to win one of 25 Starbucks gift cards! 

For a complete listing of events, visit our website 
Beers & Gears
 Beers & Gears

Manufacturer's Edge,  BKD and  Bank of Colorado invite you to get a behind-the-scenes sneak peak into the world of beer as you tour the  Odyssey Beerwerks in Arvada, CO. You will also get to tour nearby  Unique Natural Products and T The Dough Source
Click here to register.
Specialized & Multi-Axis Machining/5-Axis Mill Course

FRCC is offering a Specialized & Multi-Axis Machining/5-Axis Mill Course that runs from November 7th -January 16th. 
Research & Experimentation Tax Credits Discussion

The federal R&D credit is a dollar-for-dollar credit against federal tax. It can be taken during the year earned or, in some cases, carried forward to future tax years or back to prior tax years. Companies also can claim credits from prior years and request a refund. In addition to the federal R&D credit, many states also offer credits for research activity. 
Is your company eligible for a the tax credit? Find out at Lunch and Learn session on December 9th with Manufacturers Edge and BKD, LLP. Watch our Events Page for details and registration coming soon. 

Manufacturer's Edge Welcomes Nathan Morimitsu
Nathan's Headshot
Manufacturer's Edge New Marketing Manager, Nathan Morimitsu
By Tom Bugnitz, Manufacturer's Edge CEO
We are delighted to welcome a new member to the team to direct our marketing and outreach programs.  Nathan Morimitsu comes to us with 20 years of diverse experience in marketing with talents ranging from marketing campaign management, data analysis, and social media outreach to graphic design.  Nathan will be responsible for all of our marketing efforts, including coordination with our partners and national MEP people.
Nathan's work will touch many of you, as he is charged with supporting your endeavors as well as ours.  For Manufacturer's Edge, marketing is not just about increasing awareness of how we support manufacturers.  It's also about helping to create a "brand" for all Colorado manufacturers, and for the broader Manufacturing industry. It's about understanding the needs of manufacturers and what we and our partners need to do to help satisfy those needs.  It's about knowing who our manufacturers are, where they are located, what they do, and how they fit into the manufacturing community in Colorado. It's about communicating all of that to our legislators, our educators, and the larger business community.
Nathan will be reaching out to you in a number of ways as we ramp up a robust marketing and awareness effort.  Whether you are a manufacturer or part of the manufacturing support network in Colorado, don't hesitate to let him know how we can help you.  He can be reached by email at and by phone at 970-980-8798.
Welcome, Nathan, and Good Luck!
Beers and Gears in Arvada
Beers & Gears is going to Arvada this month to highlight some fantastic Manufacturers and some great beer! The Beers & Gears events are a great way  to see how others are taking advantage of the unique training and services that Manufacturer's Edge provides. 

Odyssey Beerwerks is the meeting point for this event. From there we will take a short walk over to Unique Natural Products to see how they make their fascinating line of natural cleaning products. The tour continues with a visit to their neighbor, The Dough Source, a family owned manufacturer of scented and custom branded modelling dough (think Play-Doh® with a Colorado twist!)

After you see the bright colors at The Dough Source we will head back to Odessy Beerwerks to enjoy  one of several exciting beers like their Heliocentric Hefeweizen, Boot to the Head Imperial IPA, and Ghost Drifter Pale Ale. There will also be food available from Talarico's Italian Taste!

Beers and Gears is co-sponsored by  BKD, Bank of Colorado, and PFS Insurance Group
Governor to Declare November 19 as 
Colorado American Made Day 
The United States Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that every $1 spent on American-made goods invests an additional $1.35 in the United States economy.  According to the Federal Advanced Manufacturing Portal, one new manufacturing job creates 1.6 additional jobs in local service business.  Jobs in high-tech manufacturing industries generate up to five local service jobs and demand in other industries, such as technology, supply chain management and logistics. 

Governor Hickenlooper will be declaring November 19, 2015 as Colorado American Made Matters Day, keep an eye on   CompanyWeek  for more information!
2015 Colorado Manufacturers Awards Nominations 
Nominations now open for the 2015 Colorado Manufcturers Awards

The Colorado Manufacturing Awards recognize exceptional companies and people shaping the modern manufacturing economy.   CompanyWeek and  Manufacturer's Edge are looking for "game changers" in Colorado manufacturing, market-leading, uber-competitive companies building a sustainable competitive edge in their market.  Companies transforming industries with a product, process, vision, leadership, workforce, strategy, or anything that gives them an edge.
What companies should you nominate?  You know them when you see them -- so nominate any company you think deserves the "game changer" label, a company you're also proud to have in your community.
We're looking for all sizes and shapes of companies who are leading the way for other Colorado manufacturers in the following categories:

  • Industrial & Contract 
  • Beer & Brewing
  • Bioscience & Medical
  • Energy & Environmental
  • Lifestyle & Consumer
  • Electronics & Aerospace
  • Food & Beverage
  • Supply Chain

If you know a Manufacturer who deserves recognition, just fill out our short form here
Primeflex Labels Making a Mark on Colorado Products
By by Eric Peterson for CompanyWeek

Martin and Cummings knew each other from working at a Chicago-based label maker and reconnected in Colorado in the 1990s to co-found Primeflex.

"We knew there was a lot of label and packaging business that was being sent out of state," says Martin.

Primeflex started with a lot of blank labels for the retail book industry. "We were at the commodity end of the market," says Cummings. UPC stickers for the back cover were a specialty, he adds. "We literally ran those by the truckload."

In the years since, the company has moved six times, investing in more and more capital equipment along the way, before buying their current Inverness facility in 2010.
Also along the way Primeflex has moved from commodity labels to high-margin ones. "As our customer base evolved, so did we," notes Cummmings.
"The place we are now is completely different from where we started," says Martin. "The real sweet spot in the marketplace are the high-color labels that create branding for the business."

Click here to read more. . .