Many manufacturers have moved offshore, but some goods are still being made close to home

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DENVER (DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL) - While never matching the manufacturing prowess of Detroit and Chicago, the Denver metro area has a long history of creating useful and creative products. For example, the Colburn Automobile Co. manufactured cars at 15th Street and Colfax Avenue from 1906-11. The Fritchle Wind Power Electric Manufacturing Co. operated in what is now the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver from 1918-21.

Manufacturing firms made up a large part of the city directory in the late 19th and 20th centuries, but many companies that made their products here in the past have moved their factories out of state or offshore.

Which got us wondering: What is actually still made in Denver?

As it turns out, quite a lot. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 63,200 workers were employed in the Denver metro area's manufacturing sector in 2012.

Here is a sampling of companies that have persevered, and thrived, while manufacturing their products in the metro area:

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