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NIST Features Faustson as American Manufacturing Hero

Faustson Featured as NIST Hero of American Manufacturing

Faustson was featured by the NIST MEP program recently.

View the video on the NIST YouTube page here:

Faustson Tool a client of Manufacturer’s Edge (the MEP Center in Colorado and part of the MEP National Network), operates a 16,000-square-foot facility with more than 20 highly skilled employees and is owned and operated by Alicia Svaldi. Faustson Tool remains in the forefront of the manufacturing industry, continuing a tradition of pioneering the newest technology and pushing its limits. Faustson Tool takes on the most challenging applications only a few U.S. companies can handle, using state-of-the-art precision machining to do things no one else in the industry thinks can be done. Faustson’s reputation for innovation and excellence has earned the company prestigious clientele: Faustson Tool manufactured a key component in NASA’s Kepler space telescope, and has worked with Ball Aerospace to produce parts for the U.S. F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jet.

Manufacturer’s Edge has helped Faustson Tool improve product flow and production, be innovative and stay competitive in today’s manufacturing world. One of the most impressive results of this collaboration has been the development of the ADAPT Advanced Characterization Center, a 3D metal printing research facility.


Faustson Tool Awarded Top Prize for Innovation

Faustson Tool Awarded Top Prize for Innovation

Innovation Pavilion’ inaugural event honors leading Colorado companies

Faustson, a worldwide leader in the machining industry, received the Manufacturer’s Edge Manufacturing Innovation Award at Innovation Pavilion’s inaugural Innovation Awards ceremony last week. Governor John Hickenlooper gave opening remarks for the event, which was attended by more than 350 members of Colorado’s innovation community.

In response to the honor, Faustson Vice President Heidi Hostetter said, “We couldn't be more honored to receive this recognition. It's truly an honor and, as noted at the awards ceremony, this is Colorado’s award; we merely accepted it. Thanks to Manufacturer's Edge, School of Mines, OEDIT, Ball and Lockheed and certainly to all the employees of Faustson for their hard work and efforts to make these ideas a reality.”

See video of Hostetter and Faustson President Alicia Svaldi at the award ceremony here.

Faustson was nominated for its long history of leading its field in innovation. Faustson won the award for demonstrating outstanding leadership in building a practical research center in Colorado that provides testing, performance analysis, and materials knowledge for 3D metal printed parts; especially as those parts apply to aerospace and advanced manufacturing.

All nominees were evaluated by entrepreneurial community leaders and Innovation Pavilion partnership organizations. Selection criteria were based on a peer review of a company’s outstanding contribution to advancing innovation in Colorado.

About the awards ceremony, Vic Ahmed, Innovation Pavilion Founder and CEO, said “Since our founding, it has been our mission and vision to recognize and promote leaders in our entrepreneurial community. It is our honor to highlight these nominees in our newest expansion location, Parker, CO. This event has brought together leaders from every sector of our community- businesses, government, and non-profits. These productive collisions are what make Colorado such a special place that promotes problem solving, collaboration, and innovation”.

About Innovation Pavilion

Innovation Pavilion is an ecosystem of entrepreneurs where productive collisions lead to creative solutions. Located in Centennial, Colorado, Innovation Pavilion provides co-working spaces, business incubation programs, job readiness training, and a collaborative community that brings together entrepreneurs and business leaders of all shapes and sizes. For more information, visit

About Faustson Tool

Faustson Tool, a worldwide leader in the machining industry, provides services for clients worldwide in the medical, aerospace, aeronautics, defense, semiconductor and other industries. The company, founded in 1982, provides additive manufacturing/3D metal printing, 3-, 4- and 5-axis milling and 5-axis EDM services, as well as turning capabilities for cutting-edge custom part production, and efficient production of standard parts. Faustson Tool is woman owned and operated small business. For more information, visit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (303) 420-7422.

NoCo Manufacturing Partnership Announces Initial Sponsors for 2018 NOCOM Trade Show

NoCo Manufacturing Partnership Announces Initial Sponsors for 2018 NOCOM Trade Show


Loveland, Colorado— Northern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership (NoCO) has announced two returning major sponsors for its NOCOM 2018 manufacturing trade show April 12, 2018: Aerotek and EKS&H. The event showcases Northern Colorado’s expanding manufacturing sector, connecting suppliers, manufacturers, capital, and services.


These two organizations join a team of sponsors that include the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Xcel Energy, Flood & Peterson, and FirstBank. These sponsors all add to the manufacturing sector in Colorado and contribute to the development of the industry.


“NOCOM has allowed us to partner with local businesses and organizations to strengthen our understanding of manufacturing in the Northern Colorado area and how it can positively impact our economy and community. It has helped us become a better resource for our clients and job seekers alike,” said Jared Reid, Account Manager at Aerotek, which has built an unrivaled culture over three decades of providing high-quality jobs and workers in many industries.


EKS&H is a professional services firm that has been accountable to its clients’ vital interests and has been providing a place where their employees can do their best since 1978. Heather Karulf of EKS&H said, “At EKS&H, we believe manufacturing is a foundational component of the Colorado and U.S. economies. Manufacturing provides important opportunities both directly and indirectly to many individuals throughout the community, and as a result, we feel a responsibility to help businesses in this industry succeed and grow.”


We have found the NOCO Manufacturing Partnership and NOMCOM to be an exceptional outlet to both connect with and learn from some of the leading businesses in northern Colorado. Organizations and events like this are strongly aligned with our EKS&H values of collaboration, community, and commitment to clients. Sponsoring the NOCOM event is a good business decision for EKS&H because it provides awareness, educational, and networking opportunities for us, and our clients and prospects. We are enthusiastic about joining forces with this important industry advocate and are privileged to be associated with its members.



“We’re grateful to have the support of these two outstanding organizations, which play a significant role in manufacturing in northern Colorado and beyond,” said Christine Juker of the Northern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership. “With workforce as one of the industry’s top challenges and a big focus of the partnership, Aerotek’s workforce solutions aligns perfectly with our initiatives. As a business advisor, EK&H helps to protect clients’ vital interests through tax auditing and wealth advisory, which makes them a great partner to our manufacturing community.”


About the 4th Annual NOCOM Trade Show

NOCOM 2018 takes place Thursday, April 12th, 2018, The Ranch Events Complex, Loveland, CO

For more information or to register, visit

“The NOCOM Trade Show is an excellent opportunity for Colorado Manufacturers to showcase their products and tell potential suppliers, clients and partners about their unique businesses,” said Tony Wampler, Co-Chair of NOCOM 2018.

Date:     Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Time:     9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

               Kick-off Breakfast at 7:30am at the Budweiser Events Center (separate ticket required)

               B2B Networking Reception 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.


This year’s NOCOM Trade Show features more than 100 exhibitors, a speaker hall featuring several manufacturing industry leaders, manufacturing forums, and a B2B reception. Topics discussed will include: Get the best bang for the buck with healthcare; Navigate programs and grants targeted to grow Colorado manufacturing businesses; Learn insiders' secrets on the latest and greatest technology advances should be part of your strategy for this year . . . and beyond; and Navigate challenges that manufacturers face.


For more information and to register for this event, visit For more information on sponsorships and to become a corporate sponsor, contact Heidi Hostetter, NOCOM 2018 Chair, at 303-517-6541or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


About Aerotek
Aerotek is a global leader in staffing and recruiting, winning the “Best of Staffing” award at Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Awards. At Aerotek, their people are everything. For those looking for the next step in their careers and for companies looking for great people, Aerotek helps both by bringing them together so both sides can prosper and grow. Learn more about Aerotek on their Facebook Page, Twitter account, and LinkedIn page.


About EKS&H
EKS&H LLLP (EKS&H) is a nationally recognized professional services firm providing audit, tax, technology, and business consulting services to public and private clients. Our commitment to client service has resulted in sustained growth since we began in 1978. Working collaboratively, we know the best measure of our success is the success of our clients. Learn more at, or on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


About Northern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership
The NoCo Manufacturing Partnership was formed in 2013 as a result of Governor Hickenlooper’s state Economic Development plan called the Colorado Blue Print. The Blue Print identified 11 key sectors of the economy in Colorado by region. Northern Colorado’s two main sectors identified were Health and Wellness and Advanced Manufacturing. Regions within the state were encouraged to form sector partnerships to provide more localized grass roots support to augment state efforts in each sector. These would be industry specific, led by business, in partnership with economic development, education and workforce development. A collaboration arose as part of the Blue Print process involving people from each of these affiliations and the NoCo Manufacturing Partnership was born. It continues to be an all-volunteer, business led, FREE membership organization designed to support Northern Colorado manufacturers. It is served by a Board of Directors, representing each affiliation from private business to local government, as well as two active committees: Networking and Manufacturing Talent/Rocks! Find us on the web, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

News - IP award to Faustson Tool

H2 Client Faustson Tool Honored by Innovation Pavilion



H2 client Faustson Tool received the Manufacturer’s Edge Manufacturing Innovation Award at Innovation Pavilion’s inaugural Innovation Awards ceremony last week. Governor John Hickenlooper gave opening remarks for the event, which was attended by more than 350 members of Colorado’s innovation community.

To view Innovation Pavilion's video of a pre-award interview of Heidi (H2 CEO and Faustson VP) and Faustson President Alicia Svaldi, click here.




Metal 3D printing is revolutionizing traditional manufacturing


Our friends at Company Week ran this piece, a nice summary of the impact metal additive manufacturing is having on traditional manufacturing approaches. Contact us today to learn how we can help you add AM to your service offerings, or grow that part of your business.

"Metal 3D printing is revolutionizing traditional manufacturing"

by Heather Johnson / Hartwig, Inc.

In order to stay ahead in the market, it's paramount for an organization to find and implement strategies that differentiate it from others in its field. The search for value creating resources that are necessary to improve performance may come through the skills of the organization's people, as a result of unique business processes, or by finding inimitable ways to use physical resources. Regardless, companies must continue to focus on developing these resources because, as markets change, so does what it takes to remain relevant within them.

These changes in the market are happening quickly as technology continues to advance rapidly; industries are being redefined and restructured by near-constant innovation. Companies can no longer remain comfortable with the old ideal, "This is how we have always done it," because the world is changing. Organizations that grab ahold of these game-changing technologies, learn how to utilize them, and implement them in their processes will start to develop the new competitive advantages in this business era.

One of these technological revolutions has arrived to metal manufacturing in the form of additive manufacturing, an industrial 3D printing process. The time for manufacturers to start exploring how 3D printing will affect their future has arrived, and those who incorporate it into their business processes now will be ahead of the curve.

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H2 Brings GE Additive's Design for Additive Manufacturing Course to Denver

GE Additive’s Design for Additive Manufacturing Course Comes to Denver


October 24&25 class brings world-class information to Colorado manufacturing designers and engineers


Denver, Colorado – H2 Manufacturing Solutions, providing manufacturers a broad scope of problem-solving services, in cooperation with GE Additive and Manufacturer’s Edge, brings GE Additive’s Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) course to Denver October 24 and 25, 2017. The State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) will provide classroom space at 1625 Broadway Street, 8th floor, Denver, CO 80202.


“Additive manufacturing is fundamentally changing how manufacturing is done, and the biggest gap is designing parts to realize all the benefits additive provides,” said H2 Manufacturing Solutions CEO Heidi Hostetter. “We’re thrilled to bring the world’s leading experts in additive manufacturing design to Colorado to share their knowledge. H2 and Manufacturer’s Edge saw this as another way to help the ongoing effort to make Colorado a leader in additive manufacturing.”


“With additive manufacturing, design innovation is free,” said Chris Schuppe, engineering leader at GE Additive. GE has stated that industrial 3D printing will forever change the manufacturing world as we know it. This is one step that design engineers can take to ensure they are prepared for that change.


Schuppe will lead the class, and bring other GE Additive experts along as instructors. In 2012 he led GE Aviation’s engineering design team, which made significant improvements to the CFM International LEAP engine fuel nozzle. In November 2014 his team developed and tested a CT7 GE helicopter engine designed and made with almost 90% additive parts and systems. His teams have also been responsible for creating additive heat exchangers and developing additive applications for many other programs.


The CFM LEAP fuel nozzle tip combines 20 parts into one for a 400% increase in durability and 25% reduction in weight and was one of the first additively manufactured jet engine components certified by the FAA. This translates into a savings for an airline flying a plane with CFM’s next-generation LEAP engine, thanks to a part that combines many engineering and manufacturing steps into one, and can only be made using additive manufacturing.


Schuppe’s teams created and generated more than 50 patents in 2016. He also led the engineering function for GE’s acquisition of Concept Laser and Arcam – both makers of additive manufacturing machines. In October 2016 he became engineering integration leader for GE Additive, GE’s new business focused on accelerating the additive adoption rate across many industries such as Automotive, Aerospace, Energy, Medical and Dental.


Topics covered in the course include an introduction to additive manufacturing, design for additive manufacturing, additive material characteristics and selection, additive part selection, machine and part qualification, as well as break-out exercises and open discussion.


This event and the cutting-edge information it presents is normally offered at $3,000 per seat. It will be free of charge to the first 55 manufacturing professionals from Colorado who register. Lunch will be provided by Manufacturer’s Edge.


What: GE Design for Additive Manufacturing Course

Dates: October 24 & 25, 2017

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Place: 1625 Broadway St, Suite 820, Denver, CO 80202

Cost: Free. To register, visit this web page.

Course attendance is limited to two attendees from any company/organization.


About H2 Manufacturing Solutions
H2 Manufacturing Solutions offers a broad range of services to help manufacturers navigate the daily challenges of the modern manufacturing world. Our one-stop shop addresses any business challenge a manufacturer encounters, from representing best-in-class equipment and service providers to operational improvement consulting to business development strategies to technical expertise. At H2, our mission is to make manufacturers’ day-to-day challenges more manageable and less frustrating. Our promise is to deliver Honest. Hardworking. Results. For more information, contact H2 Manufacturing Solutions at 970-692-3344 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit H2 Manufacturing Solutions on the web, Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.


About Colorado OEDIT
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works with statewide partners to create a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth. Under the leadership of Governor John Hickenlooper, we strive to advance the state’s economy through financial and technical assistance in support of local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado.


About Manufacturer’s Edge
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.


The H2 Manufacturing Solutions Mission


At H2 Manufacturing Solutions, we work every day to help our clients navigate the challenges of competing in the manufacturing business. They have questions we help answer and problems we help solve from all parts of their businesses - hiring, managing, sales, operations, regulation, certification, selecting, purchasing and installing new equipment, and more. We're here to help them - and you - based on more than two decades of experience in the metal manufacturing world.

Our mission is to make day-to-day challenges more manageable and less frustrating to achieve the best possible outcome.

Our promise is to deliver Honest. Hardworking. Results.

Contact us today to learn how we can help you.

Hostetter MFG Woman of the Year Finalist


Heidi Hostetter Named MFG Woman of the Year Finalist

The Colorado Women in Manufacturing association's first Manufacturing Woman of the Year award has named Heidi Hostetter as a finalist.

The other finalists include Marcia Coulson, Eldon James; Erica Easter, Easter-Owens; and Mickele Bragg, Geotech Environmental Equipment.

The 2nd annual Colorado Manufacturing Awards recognizes exceptional companies and people leading the modern manufacturing economy. This year's theme is Innovation in Product Manufacturing.

Three finalists in nine industry categories and the supply chain are competing to be named a Colorado Manufacturing Award Recipient. Companies will also be recognized for Innovation in Supply Chain, Large-company Skunkworks, and an outstanding Woman in Manufacturing.

Join us to recognize and celebrate Colorado manufacturing by showcasing process and systems innovation in small-to-middle market manufacturers and divisions or departments of enterprise-level companies.

The winner will be announced at the Colorado Manufacturing Awards the evening of Thursday, March 13, 2017, hosted at Denver's The Art Hotel.

Hostetter Joins NoCo Manufacturing Partnership Board


NoCo Manufacturing Partnership Elects Three to Board of Directors

The NoCo Manufacturing Partnership has three new board members.

Stacy Johnson, director of economic development for the town of Windsor; Heidi Hostetter, CEO of H2 Manufacturing Solutions, VP at Faustson Tool, Arvada, and industry chair, Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies, Colorado School of Mines (ADAPT); and Mina Cox, chief operating officer of Specialty Products,  Longmont, were elected to the board. They succeed Brooke Gunn, Scion Aviation; Terry Precht, Vergent Products; and SeonAh Kendall, City of Fort Collins.

The NoCo Manufacturing Partnership has more than 170 manufacturers and 54 public-sector participants. Among its goals: build awareness of diverse careers in manufacturing through company tours and other events for middle and high school students, partner with K-12 and higher education to build relevant skills, and bring together business-to-business networking and supply chain opportunities.

In 2016, the partnership surpassed the 1,000 mark for the number of high school and middle school students in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, and Longmont who have taken Manufacturing ROCKS! tours; awarded $6,000 in scholarships to Front Range Community College and Aims Community College students; organized a successful NOCOM 2016 Trade Show at the Ranch in Loveland; convened the first Regional Advisory Board Meeting for high schools; and sponsored the first Parent’s Manufacturing Day with Fort Collins manufacturer Woodward as host.

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