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AIM Processing's Influence on Denver's Manufacturing Industry

[fa icon="calendar"] Feb 22, 2024 12:01:00 AM / by Jon Gelston


The Denver, Colorado region has been a western hub for manufacturing since the early days of the city, and particularly for plastic injection molding since the industry took off in the 1960s. AIM Processing came along in 1993, adding to the long history of quality and innovation that the “Made in Colorado” stamp stands for.

Innovation in the Colorado Manufacturing Space Since 1993

Our Beginnings Serving the Denver Injection Molding Industry

Our company was founded in 1993 with only two presses, a toolmaker, and a plastics processor seeking a change. Our founders had a long history of American manufacturing experience between them and a commitment to take the local plastics industry a step further.

The Longmont, Colorado area specifically has long been a hub of plastic injection molding companies, as major manufacturers took advantage of the central geography and a talented workforce. Supporting industries in toolmaking, microwelding, polishing, and texture developed in pace with the thriving molders. Our early influence grew by handling overflow work from other molders, matching their quality expectations seamlessly. Word quickly spreads when you consistently deliver on-time and meet every product expectation…

By 1998, we were firmly established in our own right as a small part specialist and we moved into a new-build 16,500 sqft facility with 5 presses. In 2014, our business outgrew that space and we renovated & moved into a 40,000 sqft facility with 20 presses. Yet again, in 2022 we found the need to expand our facility. Today, we offer our customers a 60,000 sqft facility with 37 presses running 24 hours a day, seven days a week with extensive and modular automation – always striving to meet the industry’s evolving needs in product quality, complexity, and capacity. Our geographic position places us 2 days or less via ground shipment to a large portion of the country and border crossings to contract manufacturers elsewhere. Shipping small parts, particularly those made in our automated facility, is so inexpensive that our competitive reach has expanded from local to regional to global.

Supplying the Industry’s Increasing Need for Small Plastic Parts

AIM has always specialized in small part injection molding – essentially any component ranging from the size of your hand down to the size of your fingernail. Small custom parts are what we know best, and we’re proud to say our company is among the best at manufacturing them.

As the injection molding industry has evolved, there’s been an increasing need especially for small plastic parts. From handheld electronics and other small devices to all of the complex components that go into larger machines and assemblies, the market needs more precision small parts than ever before. For more than three decades, AIM has evolved into the go-to authority in this growing niche for the Denver, Colorado region and beyond.

Manufacturing Flexibility for the Domestic Supply Chain

As we mentioned, today AIM Processing runs 37 presses on a 24/7 basis. We work with some of the best toolmakers in the business to provide our customers with a streamlined production solution and a quicker path to delivery. With all of the international supply chain disruptions and parts shortages that have cropped up over the last several years, more and more domestic companies are onshoring or regionally sourcing their injection molding services, and AIM will continue to rise to that challenge.

One of America’s Leading Plastic Injection Molding Specialists

Proudly based in the Denver, Colorado region since 1993, AIM Processing is one of the nation’s leading contract manufacturers specializing in plastic injection molding services. Our highly diverse experience ranges from the production of consumer goods and electronics to complex industrial parts and state-of-the-art medical components.


Topics: Plastic Injection Molding Defects, Plastic Types, Quality, Texture, Choosing the right plastic injection molder

Jon Gelston

Written by Jon Gelston