Advanced Manufacturing

Where Design Meets Drive

MillerCoors isn’t the only company in Colorado that is tapping into the Rockies for manufacturing innovation.

In fact, nearly 6,000 manufacturers across a variety of business sectors such as electronics, energy, aerospace, biomedical, and food and beverage are disrupting their industries with advancements in manufacturing technologies that are pioneering their way for the future.

There’s Ball Aerospace that’s engineering new telescopes and products for NASA, and Don’t Go Nuts in Salida that’s processing nut-free food products, not to mention Vestas that’s making the next generation wind turbines and blades in north and central Colorado.

We know that our geographic location and extensive infrastructure ensures a strong global supply chain, but what really sets Colorado apart is the state’s access to highly skilled workers and research institutions that are uncovering the latest advancements in manufacturing.

In fact, because of the precision of our workforce, the average annual wage for manufacturers in Colorado is 43 percent higher than the average annual wage for all industries. From our companies’ perspective, this means they get more bang for their buck from their Rocky Mountain workforce.

Speaking of the Rocky Mountains, companies are also tapping into the state’s research institutions including the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Colorado School of Mines to uncover improvements in manufacturing.

With the ongoing, collaborative support of its public-private partners, Colorado is well positioned to further grow its advanced manufacturing industry, attract high-paying jobs and strengthen its competitive edge in the global economy.

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Advanced Manufacturing
Advanced Manufacturing

Key Facts & Figures


Manufacturing firms




Annual payroll

$7.52 Billion

Total exports

$21.74 Billion

Economic output


Public institutions offer advanced manufacturing-related programs


Private institutions and nearly 20 private schools offer advanced manufacturing-related programs


of the nation’s 500 largest public manufacturers have offices in Colorado

Success Story

CoorsTek : CoorsTek and Colorado Now in Their Second Century of High-Tech Ceramics Leadership

Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains in the city of Golden, CoorsTek is paving the way for the next generation of breakthroughs in high-tech ceramics. The firm has…
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pewag : pewag Inc. Chains its Future to Southern Colorado

For anyone who has driven into the Rocky Mountains during winter, seeing road signs declaring “chain law in effect” is a common occurrence. But this product awareness wasn’t the reason…
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