Reactive Adaptations and The Public Works also recognized as
finalists among 11 contenders at the forefront of Colorado’s thriving
DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The 2015 Wright was awarded Tuesday night to The Whole Works, based in
Rifle, Colo. The
Whole Works is a Colorado-based clothing production facility serving
emerging designers, and is dedicated to creating dignified jobs for
women who are transitioning from federal assistance.
“We want to bring American manufacturing back to the U.S. We want to
replicate what we’re doing in Rifle — rather than building one $40
million business, we want to build 40 $1 million businesses, lifting up
40 rural Colorado towns,” explained Kelly Alford, founding partner, The
Whole Works, which has been in business only 10 months.
Presented annually by Something
Independent, The Wright is awarded to a Colorado company that is
leading at the intersection of lifestyle and commerce.
“To have the opportunity to come together and recognize these innovative
Colorado companies is energizing,” said Chuck Sullivan, Something
Independent. “It’s an honor to celebrate them and the role they play in
shaping the state’s economy and inspiring the next generation of
The 11 contenders were selected from a statewide pool of 125 nominees.
Each company submitted a video conveying their vision and inspiration,
while highlighting the role that Colorado plays in shaping their
company, and the videos were the basis of the judging.
“These 11 contenders are real examples of Colorado companies driving our
statewide economy and helping to put a national spotlight on Colorado as
not only a great place to live and play, but also a great place to start
and grow a business,” said Luis Benitez, director of the Colorado Office
of Outdoor Recreation Industry. “It’s exciting to see such amazing
companies thriving and providing products and services that Coloradans
and our state’s visitors enjoy in their daily lives.”
The 11 Colorado companies contending for The 2015 Wright included:
Yurt Company, Montrose
Distilling Company, Buena Vista
Infinite Monkey Theorem, Denver
Public Works, Denver
Adaptations, Crested Butte
Whole Works, Rifle
Goose Canning, Boulder