ActivArmor Founder, Diana Hall, wins Colorado Manufacturing Woman of the Year award!  See photos and hear what she has to say.


“In a CMA year that was truly a celebration of diversity in Colorado manufacturing, Diana stood out as a leader to be celebrated. Her innovative company and products, and personal investment in advancing manufacturing, represent this class of CMA winners with distinction.”

Bart Taylor, CMA co-presenter and CompanyWeek founder 

An inspirational message about what the award means for Diana:

April 11, 2022

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Bart Taylor

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Winners Announced in 2022 Colorado Manufacturing Awards

The state’s diverse manufacturing ecosystem was on full display  in the seventh annual event


Manufacturing’s modern personality was on full display in Denver last week as winners were announced in the 2022 Colorado Manufacturing Awards (CMAs). The seventh annual program recognizes manufacturers and people across multiple manufacturing  industries. The CMAs are co-presented by CompanyWeek and Colorado MEP Manufacturers Edge.


Finalists traveled to the Cable Center on the University of Denver campus from Durango, Montrose, Fort Collins and Pueblo, Palisade and Grand Junction, in addition to metro Denver, to take part in a celebration of Colorado’s sector that also worked to challenge some of manufacturing’s stubborn stereotypes.


The sector’s deep bench of influential women was evident throughout the program: past CMA winners April Archer (Sarabella Fishing), Beth Smith (Sticker Giant), and Andrea Collins (Eldon James), appeared on video to congratulate finalists in the CMA’s three award categories – Achievement,  Consumer, and Industrial products.


Winners announced by CMA sponsors reflected the diversity of sector leadership: Crystal Barrios accepted on behalf of Laws Whiskey House, the Craft Distillery of the Year winner; Karen Hertz, founder of Craft Brewery of the Year winner Holidaily Brewing Company enthusiastically toasted employees and other finalists in the category; ActivArmor’s Diana Hall was named Colorado Manufacturing Woman of the year; and Meghan Marsden claimed the trophy for Innovative Product of the Year winner Veil Intimates.


Other themes that emerged from the powerhouse list of winners included the outdoor industry’s sustained hammerlock on Consumer Brand of the Year, with Grand Junction’s Mountain Racing Products taking top honors. Arvada’s Barber-Nichols defended its 2021 CMA by again winning Aerospace Manufacturer of the Year. And consumer favorite Bobo’s was rewarded for its manufacturing prowess by claiming the important Food Brand/Co-Packer of the Year CMA.


Here is the complete list of winners.


Achievement Group


Advanced Machining & Manufacturing Award

Hirsh Precision, Boulder



Colorado Manufacturing Woman of the Year                       

Diana Hall, ActivArmor


Innovative Product of the Year  

Veil Intimates, Denver


Consumer Group


Consumer Brand of the Year       

Mountain Racing Products, Grand Junction


Food Brand/Co-Packer Manufacturer of the Year             

Bobo’s, Boulder


Colorado Winery of the Year      

Sauvage Spectrum, Palisade


Craft Distillery of the Year

Laws Whiskey House, Denver


Cannabis Manufacturer of the Year

ECS Brands, Boulder


Craft Brewery of the Year

Holidaily Brewing Co., Golden


Industrial Group


Building/Construction Manufacturer of the Year

Studio Shed, Louisville


Aerospace Manufacturer of the Year      

Barber-Nichols, Arvada


Bioscience Manufacturer of the Year      

AlloSource, Centennial


Industrial/Equipment Manufacturer of the Year

Right Stuff Equipment, Denver

Energy/Transportation Manufacturer of the Year

Solid Power, Louisville


The Colorado Manufacturing Awards are co-sponsored by JPM Chase, IMA, Kaiser Permanente, Moss Adams, Neenan Archistruction, Benchmark Commercial, the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade, and H2 Manufacturing Solutions.