In addition to being the co-owner of Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture, and author of this blog, I am the founder of HeidiTown.com. Yesterday, I posted an article entitled Top 5 Gifts Made in Colorado.
Friends helped by sharing tons of their favorite Colorado-based companies, but many of these businesses did not manufacture in-state. Food companies that manufacture here were easy to find, as were lots of Colorado crafters and artisans, but if a company had grown to a significant size, production was inevitably being done oversees in China, Vietnam and Mexico, among others.
I understand the dilemma facing these companies. It’s expensive doing business in the United States. American employees have high expectations and frequently unionize, making it difficult for business owners to have complete control over their own company - and remember, many business owners are control freaks – that’s why they started a their own business in the first place.
But this isn’t a post about the virtues of keeping your manufacturing plant in the United States or the evils of manufacturing abroad. Instead I want to highlight some of the companies that didn’t make my top 5 list, but do manufactures their product right here in Colorado.
Our company, Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture, Inc., didn’t make the list, despite the fact that this is a Colorado business with onsite manufacturing in Loveland. It didn’t make the list because people rarely buy dining room tables or entertainment centers as gifts, and the article had a “gift” focus.
Some of these other companies that I will share don’t necessary fall into the “gift” category either, but I think it’s pretty awesome that they’re keeping the love in Colorado.
Polar Bottle® is the original insulated sport water bottle. Their manufacturing plant is in Boulder. Read about Polar Bottle’s “American Journey” here.
Magpul is a firearms company. Their weapons are manufactured and assembled in Erie, Colorado.
For 90 years Hammond’s Candies has been making delicious treats in Denver, Colorado.
Their skis are manufactured at the Never Summer Factory in Denver, Colorado. They make a pair of handcrafted, limited edition John Denver skis. It really doesn’t get much more awesome than that.
We know there are plenty more companies making their product right here in Colorado. If you know of one, please share it in the comment section.
Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is co-owner of Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture, Inc. She is also a full-time freelance writer and founder of HeidiTown.com.