Manufacturing in Colorado Springs achieves an industry sweet spot that includes world-class reliability and low utility costs for companies that operate in the Rocky Mountain metro.
Colorado Springs manufacturing firms like Diversified Machine Systems and BalSeal are strategically located in the central part of the country. Interstate 25 runs conveniently through the city and intersects with Interstate 70 for broad east-west access. With a $350 million investment, lanes are being added to Interstate 25 to streamline the short trip between Colorado Springs and Denver. Interstate interconnectivity means commutes to ports in Texas and California take less than one day.
By air, Colorado Springs manufacturers gain the greatest convenience from the Colorado Springs Airport. Located minutes downtown Colorado Springs, the airport is a joint military and commercial facility with two parallel runways and one crosswind runway. FedEx Express Cargo is on site, as are no-fee U.S. Customs Services.
From bicycle component maker SRAM to food processors Trisco Foods and Promised Land Dairy, 450-plus manufacturing companies in Colorado Springs have the space to launch or expand. Properties and sites for industrial works, R&D testing labs, and distribution centers are located throughout the region, with many in zones that provide a home (and incentives) designed for manufacturing.
From high-end luxury interiors to electromechanical assembly, aviation manufacturers leverage benefits specific to their success. The Sierra Nevada Corporation, Collins Aerospace, The Aerospace Corp., and Ball Aerospace are some of the firms housed within the airport’s Commercial Aeronautical Zone. All local sales and use taxes, with some exemptions, are abated for companies operating within the zone.
Fabrication from the Front Range of Colorado serves a number of purposes. Springs Fabrication, a metal manufacturing company, led the assembly for a system that filtered radiation out of Fukushima’s waters. In support of COVID-19 pandemic recovery, medical carts maker Harloff added new mobile vaccine refrigerator carts to keep vaccines cold, viable, and ready for inoculation.
Colorado Springs manufacturers are supported by an active industry associations that include the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association and the Manufacturer’s Edge.