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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

Chalking Up Success: Friction Labs’ Lean Manufacturing Evolution

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In the early days, Friction Labs relied on co-packers for manufacturing, allowing Kevin and Keah to focus on sales and marketing, areas where they had extensive experience. They soon realized, however, that taking control of the manufacturing process could lead to cost savings and higher product quality.

But Wood It Work? A Colorado Couple Finds Success in Wood and Words

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Wordsmith Woodshop is the kind of small mom-and-pop company that specializes in handmade products that become family heirlooms, housewarming gifts, and table centerpieces. Despite the small-town feel, Wordsmith has attracted some large, noteworthy clients over the years. Several of their high-profile clients, in fact, boast household names (and

Deltech Furnaces Benefits from a Customized Export Plan

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Deltech’s export business has grown over the years from 2% of annual sales to 20%. Early sales were for standard products, but in recent years the sales have been primarily for custom designs and builds. Having benefited from assistance from Manufacturer’s Edge, part of the MEP National Network™, for the development of an ISO 9001:2015 program, an
Created March 18, 2019, Updated February 16, 2024