Governor Hickenlooper tours Fiberforge, highlights company's success
Jun 09 2011
Governor Hickenlooper tours Fiberforge, highlights company’s success
Growing manufacturer named one of 50 Colorado Companies to Watch for 2011
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo., June 9, 2011 – Calling Fiberforge an “innovative” and “cutting-edge” company, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper earlier this week toured the high-tech firm. The Governor viewed demonstrations of Fiberforge’s patented thermoplastic manufacturing process, talked to employees, and explored the new 24,000-square-foot headquarters and production site.
Governor Hickenlooper visited Fiberforge on June 6 as part of his efforts to highlight the 2011 list of “50 Colorado Companies to Watch,” which was announced by ColoradoBiz magazine in the June 2011 issue.
“A company like Fiberforge demonstrates that you can, in the modern world, build a technology company almost anywhere,” Governor Hickenlooper told reporters who joined the Fiberforge tour. “Part of our job is to try to figure out what are the other companies already here in Colorado that could use these products. This is so innovative and so cutting-edge, but a lot of people just don’t know about it yet.
“I think that is a legitimate role of government, to try to help create some of those synergies.”
As outlined in the ColoradoBiz profile about Fiberforge, the company is a leading-edge manufacturing firm that has developed a patented process for producing lightweight structural parts made from high-performance advanced composite materials. This simple, fast, four-step process helps customers produce more parts and at lower costs than previously was possible. Further, parts made with this process are stronger, stiffer and up to 50 percent lighter than comparable metal parts.
Fiberforge sells turnkey manufacturing systems worldwide to part producers across a range of industries, including aerospace, defense, consumer electronics, transportation and medical. Fiberforge also manufactures parts with its technology, primarily for aerospace and defense applications.
“It’s a tremendous honor to have Governor Hickenlooper visit our new facility and to be recognized as a Colorado growth company,” says Jon Fox-Rubin, Fiberforge President and CEO. “By continuing to create innovative solutions for our customers, we intend to continue expanding the number of high-quality jobs here, growing our business, and cost-effectively producing high-performance parts from recyclable, thermoplastic advanced-composite materials.”
Fiberforge has grown its work force since the company’s founding in 1998. Earlier this year, Fiberforge moved to a state-of-the-art production facility and has expanded its production, prototyping and R&D capabilities to further its leadership in thermoplastic advanced composites. For example, Fiberforge is currently scaling up to produce lightweight yet durable cargo floors for the new CH-53K helicopter being developed by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation for the U.S. Marines.
Colorado Companies to Watch energizes the state of Colorado by recognizing second-stage companies that are developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and creating new industries throughout the state. These companies possess attributes such as growth focused; privately held; headquartered in Colorado; 6 to 99 full-time equivalent employees; and $750,000 to $50 million in sales or a similar range of working capital. This unique awards program was developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation.
Fiberforge is a leading-edge manufacturing technology company that has developed a patented process for cost effectively producing lightweight structural parts made from high-performance advanced-composite materials. Fiberforge sells turnkey manufacturing systems to part producers across several industries worldwide, including aerospace, defense consumer electronics, transportation, medical and others. Fiberforge also manufactures parts with its technology, primarily for aerospace and defense applications. Fiberforge’s products are protected by U.S. and international patents and patents pending. Visit www.fiberforge.com for more information.