Network offers resources to Colorado manufacturers

A network has been launched to provide additional resources to Colorado manufacturers.

The Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association joined with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the Economic Development Council of Colorado, Sustainment Technologies and Manufacturer’s Edge to launch the Colorado Manufacturing Network (CMN).

Access to the platform is free for manufacturers and support organizations to help them connect with other manufacturers and organizations as well as commercial and government buyers. Buyers pay a subscription to access sourcing algorithms and other tools to help them connect with manufacturers

Colorado manufacturers can create a profile and access the benefits online at manufacturersedge.com/co-mfg-network.

Sustaintment Technologies offers software enabling United States-based manufacturers to find and interact with suppliers to build resilient supplier networks.

Steve Carroll, chief operating officer of Sustainment, said the platform offers value beyond connecting buyers and sellers. “Our buyers demand accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date information, and they want to know the people behind the business.  Our ongoing mission is to provide a level of value, trust and user experience that drives our manufacturing community to not only provide their information, but to engage with the platform on a regular basis.”

Manufacturer’s Edge, the official manufacturing partnership center for Colorado, will administer the network. The platform is expected to drive more businesses to manufacturers, help buyers localize and strengthen supply chains and coordinate support resources.

Jennifer Hagan-Dier, vice president and chief operating officer of Manufacturer’s Edge, said manufacturers are stronger together. “Investments of time and money in ecosystem building increase collaboration, leverage existing resources and provide opportunities to identify and drive initiatives to benefit Colorado manufacturers.”

Glenn Plagens, chief executive office of Manufacturer’s Edge, said the effort is an important one. “The Colorado Manufacturing Network resides on the most robust supply chain tool in the country. Manufacturer’s Edge is proud to partner with Sustainment and other statewide organizations CAMA, EDCC and OEDIT to convene the Colorado Manufacturing Network. We are at a time of significant importance for manufacturing. Utilizing the Sustainment platform, the Colorado Manufacturing Network will bring the connections, tools and resources to the manufacturing community that they need to grow and prosper.”