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Manufacturer's Edge

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Manufacturer’s Edge is a statewide manufacturing assistance center, partially funded by the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Manufacturer’s Edge encourages the strength and competitiveness of Colorado manufacturers through onsite technical assistance through coaching, training, and consulting, collaboration-focused industry programs, and leveraging government, university and economic development partnerships. 

Through onsite support and technical assistance, Manufacturer’s Edge works to boost the competitiveness of Colorado manufacturers. The Manufacturer’s Edge’s experienced engineers and business professionals have skills in manufacturing, management, process improvements and technology acceleration and work closely with manufacturers to provide company assessments and customized solutions including hands-on facilitation and implementation. Manufacturer’s Edge is committed to maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction and providing results that improve a company’s bottom line.

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Success Stories

Small Colorado Chair Manufacturer Sees Big Improvements Through Commitment to Lean and a Decades-Long Partnership with Local MEP Center

Report Year
2020
Knight’s first step with any turnaround job had typically been to start implementing lean manufacturing processes, which at that time were simply known as "the Toyota Way." With Crown Seating, however, demand was increasing so rapidly that they barely had time to keep up, let alone adopt new strategies and methods. When he started running into

A Gale Force of Innovation Thrusts Tailwind Nutrition to the Front of the Pack

Report Year
2019
After many months of research and experimentation, Jeff and his wife Jenny started offering samples of their powder to other athletes and then fine-tuning the product based on feedback. Jeff and Jenny were bagging the powders in their kitchen and handwriting the labels. They would even add thank you notes and words of encouragement to help their

"When people ask me, 'what do you sell?' I tell them we sell freedom. We sell lifestyle. Show me a business in the US that you can start for under $40k today and pay for it within the first year. Working with Manufacturer’s Edge allowed us to cut our lead time in half, which means that we can turn exponentially more dreams into reality every year."

—Ajith Dharmawardhana, President and CEO, Fire Within

Created March 18, 2019, Updated June 2, 2020