Welcome to West Slope Startup Week! We’re celebrating our 5th year and gathering in Durango, CO, August 21–25, 2023.

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Wednesday, August 23 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Are We Nuts? Starting a Manufacturing Company on the Western Slope

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Starting a business in isolated rural markets is always a challenge. It can be even more difficult when the company relies on logistics, cost competitiveness, and critical supply chains.

In this panel session, three start-up manufacturers share their experiences of starting highly successful manufacturing businesses on the western slope.

You will hear from:
  • Jeff Vierling, Tailwind Nutrition, Co-founder/CEO
  • Kyle Hanson, Timber Age Systems, Inc., Founder and CEO
  • Roger Zalneraitis, MODSTREET, Founder and CEO

They discuss why some may consider it crazy, why it's not crazy at all, and what they would do differently if they were starting over again.

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Jeff Vierling

Co-founder/CEO, Tailwind Nutrition
Jeff is a co-founder of Tailwind Nutrition, along with his wife Jenny. Tailwind began with Jeff's head in a trashcan at the finish line of the Leadville 100. That sparked a quest that led to creating his own drink mix for endurance athletes. Soon he was meeting people in parking lots... Read More →
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Kyle Hanson

Founder & CEO, Timber Age Systems, Inc.
Kyle Hanson graduated HS in a small Montana town where the only significant industries were a state penitentiary and a Louisiana Pacific lumber mill.On his way to a B.A. in Biology from Augustana University, he was the first Augie student to present before the National Council on... Read More →
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Roger Zalneraitis

Founder and CEO, MODSTREET
MODSTREET seeks to help transform the outdoor experience with industry leading, modular, steel fabricated parklets and fencing. We can develop and customize products to create beautiful shared spaces that are also safe, clean, durable, and long lasting. As the CEO I help advance our... Read More →

Wednesday August 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MDT
FLC - Center for Innovation