Colorado Capitol Report

Industry Focus: Manufacturing in Colorado

Industry Focus: Manufacturing in Colorado


Number of Manufacturing Jobs in Colorado: 147,510 Employees (2018)
Number of Manufacturing Companies in Colorado: 4,814 (2016)
Impact on the State Economy: $24.28 Billion in Total Output (2017)
(Source: National Association of Manufacturing, 2019 Colorado Manufacturing Facts)

The manufacturing industry is critical to the Colorado economy and many prominent companies are valued members of the Colorado Chamber of Commerce. Due to the state’s central geographic location and skilled workforce, Colorado is an ideal place for manufacturing companies to call home.

The Colorado Chamber has a long history in the manufacturing community. In 1965, The Colorado Chamber merged with the state manufacturer’s association and since then, the organization has remained the Colorado affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturers.

Employment data by region (as of 2016):

Western region = 855 manufacturing companies employ approximately 8,754 workers

Southern region = 696 manufacturing companies employ approximately 16,600 workers

Metro Denver region = 3,227 manufacturing companies employ approximately 86,279 workers

Northern region = 917 manufacturing companies employ approximately 30,423 workers

(Source: Manufacturing in Colorado Report written by Dr. Tatiana Bailey, Director of University of Colorado on behalf of CAMA.)

Colorado Chamber members in the manufacturing industry:

Approximately 90 manufacturing companies, large and small, are members of the Colorado Chamber, including:

Ball Corporation
The Boeing Company
Climax Molybdenum
Collins Aerospace
Lockheed Martin Space
Terumo BCT
Walker Manufacturing
WCM Industries, Inc.

Issues in Industry: Trade and exports are vital to the manufacturing industry in Colorado, which is why the Colorado Chamber supports the passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) through Congress. The manufacturing industry in Colorado is closely watching this issue, which must be ratified by all three countries. Last month, the Colorado Chamber joined with 600+ businesses from every state calling on lawmakers to pass the USMCA as soon as possible.

Colorado Division of Labor Holds Stakeholder Meeting on Proposed Rules

The Division of Labor & Statistics within the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment will be holding a stakeholder meeting on proposed rule changes on the following areas:

  • Colorado Chance to Compete Act Rules, 7 CCR 1103-9: The Division is required to undertake rule-making by Sections 2-3 of the “Colorado Chance to Compete Act,” House Bill 19-1025, which was enacted May 28, 2019, and took effect on August 2, 2019. The new law will apply to employers/employees beginning September 1, 2019 and the draft rules can be found here.
  • Amendments to Wage and Hour Direct Investigation Rules,7 CCR 1103-8: Draft proposed amendments to the Wage and Hour Direct Investigation Rules can be found here. Deletions are in strikethough, additions are underlined, and both types of changes are in yellow highlighting.
  • Amendments to Wage Protection Act Rules,7 CCR 1103-7: Draft proposed amendments to the Wage Protection Act Rules can be found here. Deletions are in strike-though, additions are underlined, and both types of changes are in yellow highlighting.

Details on Stakeholder Meeting:

Date: Friday, August 16, 2019
Time: 8:30a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Location: 633 17th Street, Denver, 6th Floor training room

Written comments can also be sent to: Scott Moss, Division Director, Division of Labor Standards & Statistics [email protected].

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