WiM Colorado | Manufacturing Day Tour & Networking at Watertower Place
Join WiM Colorado for
Friday, October 7, 2022
3:00 - 6:00 p.m. MT
303 S Santa Fe Ave
Pueblo, CO 81003
Join us for a tour of historic downtown Pueblo's Watertower Place (pueblowatertowerplace.com) - originally Nuckolls Meat Packing Plant, refabbed into a creative business community including Johnny’s Metal Works & Boiler Shop, TankMatez production facility, Southern Colorado Innovation Link (SCIL) and the Steel City Maker Center (SCMC), to name a few.
The guided tour will begin at 3 p.m. MT and will include a history of the site and the current manufacturing companies it houses, followed by a speaker panel of local manufacturers and WiM leaders. In attendance will be representatives from the Pueblo Greater Chamber of Commerce, Latino Chamber of Commerce, Pueblo West Chamber of Commerce, Pueblo Economic Development Corp, Colorado State University Pueblo, Pueblo Community College, and local manufacturers from companies like PEWAG, Vestas, indieDwell, JMEagle, Trane, and Krage, as well as female engineering and STEM students from local high schools and colleges.
The panel will be followed by a reception with free open bar and hors devours sponsored by Legacy Bank, PuebloPlex and HUB International, and will conclude at 5 p.m. Watertower Place and the sponsors will be available for an open-house prior and after the event, from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. for anyone who would like to see more. The building is located right on Pueblo's Riverwalk with indoor and outdoor dining and shops, so there will be plenty to do within walking distance for those who'd like to stay overnight.
Meet Our Panel
Hillary Komma, a Pueblo native, has worked at pewag Traction Chain since 2014. Starting as an Administrative Assistant she is now Branch Manager. Hillary obtained her MBA in 2014. She looks forward to engaging more women in the manufacturing industry.
Trina Swenson is a Senior Change Agent for Trane Technologies, where she facilitates leadership and continuous improvement training and coaches lean problem-solving activities for the company’s supply chain and operations organization in Pueblo, Colorado.
Trina has worked in the manufacturing industry for more than 25 years in numerous roles including production operator, supervisor, material control leader, project manager, and Team Leader Development Program facilitator. Trina has lived in Pueblo for 10 years and is fueled by a passion for engaging people to be their authentic selves while continuous improving to create amazing results.
She serves on the steering committee for the company’s PRIDE (LGBTIAQ+) employee resource group. She is also an active board member for the Pueblo chapter of FAME (Federation of Advanced Manufacturing Education).
Trina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Colorado State University, Fort Collins.
Sarah Johns is the General Manager of Cooper & Turner in Colorado. Sarah began her career in Ohio with a hydraulic fittings manufacturer after obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Thiel College in 2008. In 2016 she moved to Colorado and accepted employment with Cooper & Turner, a UK-based manufacturer and distributor of safety critical fasteners. Sarah’s other passions include fly fishing, hiking, golfing, and her 5-year old dachshund.
Diana Hall graduated from Colorado School of Mines in 1997 with a degree in Chemical Engineering, and has worked in process engineering and software for Fortune 500 companies across the country. She completed her MBA at Colorado State University in Fort Collins in 2007, worked as a Business Development Director for nonprofits, and founded a mentoring program for children in poverty.
Diana holds patents on 3D-printed exoskeletons, and founded ActivArmorTM in 2014. Diana has established partnerships with professional athletes, medical specialists, research hospitals and business leaders to develop custom medical and sports products.
Diana has won many small business awards including the Small Business of the Year award, the Southern Colorado Entrepreneurship Competition’s Social Entrepreneurship award, the regional InnovateHER competition, Nationwide Insurance’s national $100,000 Pitch To Win competition, is listed as Top 100 Colorado Manufacturers, and was named Colorado’s Manufacturing Woman of the Year in 2022. She has spoken at several venues on the topic of 3D design and printing, small business ownership and start-ups, economic development and entrepreneurship, and has given a TEDx talk on the future of mass customization in design and manufacturing in 2015.
ActivArmorTM is now a global biomedical company, with 10 international contracts and more than $2M in investment. It is the first Pueblo company to be awarded the Colorado Office of Economic Development’s Advanced Industries Grant, bringing more than $250,000 in state funding to Pueblo for primary job creation in the areas of bio-science and advanced manufacturing. ActivArmorTM casts are being worn by professional athletes, including NFL players, and holds contracts with leading orthopedic clinics across the country, including Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute (the official sports medicine provider for the Jaguars, Sharks, Blue Wave and Armada), St. Lukes Hospital Network, and Children’s Hospital Colorado. A full list can be found on their website at www.ActivArmor.com.
Joey Mathews is the Director of STEM Career and Technical Education as well as the Project Director of the STEM EDGE Title III grant at Pueblo Community College. Joey started at PCC as a part-time professor 20 years ago, teaching many biology classes such as Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology. Her other experience includes the role of Chemical Analyst at KMG Chemicals, and Laboratory Analyst of an environmental cleanup project at the Pueblo Chemical Depot.
Joey received her Bachelors of Science in Biology, and her Masters of Applied Natural Science from the University of Southern Colorado, now CSU-Pueblo. Her thesis included the study of the effects of linear furanocoumarins on spodoptera exiguas cytochrome p-450 enzyme. She was acknowledged by the author for her efforts in the Handbook of Toxicology.
Joey enjoys running, and hiking weather it is road running, Spartan Obstacle Course races, or hiking up the Manitou Incline.
Joey resides in Pueblo Colorado with her fiancé Chris Masters and has two sons, Hunter Mathews 25 and Nate Mathews 18.
We can't wait to see you there!
For More Information:
A guided tour of historic downtown Pueblo Watertower Place will begin at 3 p.m. followed by a speaker panel of local manufacturers and WiM leaders. The panel will be followed by a reception with free open bar and hors devours sponsored by Legacy Bank, PuebloPlex and HUB International, and will conclude at 5 p.m. Watertower Place and the sponsors will be available for an open-house prior and after the event, from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. for anyone who would like to see more.