Sierra Nevada Corporation Recognized as "Manufacturing Brand Builder of the Year" by ColoradoBiz

Louisville, Colo., April 28, 2014 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is pleased to announce it was selected by ColoradoBiz, a leading media publication in the state, to receive the "2014 Colorado Manufacturing Brand Builder of the Year" award. ColoradoBiz selected SNC from a pool of more than 250 top Colorado manufacturers based on the national recognition that the company has generated for the state of Colorado through its many programs. Specifically, SNC was recognized for the innovation that it has brought to the state, most notably its efforts to involve all levels of Colorado organizations in its Dream Chaser® Orbital Spacecraft Program.

The announcement, award and the April 2014 edition of the magazine, read, in part, that, "SNC Space Systems is omnipresent in the current conversation about space exploration. The company made systems in the Curiosity Rover on Mars and is now testing the Dream Chaser, the potential heir to the Space Shuttle… Recently ranked as one of Fast Company magazine's "Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space;" Sierra Nevada is continuing to chase dreams, with current projects and contributions to the commercial spaceflight industry…The Dream Chaser is Sierra Nevada Corp. Space Systems' cutting-edge spacecraft, which recently embarked on a battery of tests to become NASA's replacement for the Space Shuttle. It is a true Colorado product: collaboration between roughly 15 in-state businesses and universities."

"We are enormously proud to be recognized amongst so many deserving recipients of this award," said Mark N. Sirangelo, corporate vice president and head of SNC's Space Systems. "The nucleus and leadership of our Dream Chaser program is in Colorado. As SNC's largest employment state, we now have over 1,000 of the most talented employees right here in Colorado. That figure is three times as many as SNC had in the state five years ago and we continue to hire. SNC is supported by leading Colorado based space companies like United Launch Alliance and Lockheed Martin Space Systems, as well as a number of smaller and minority-owned businesses and the great Colorado University network. Our Colorado space partnership extends and connects into our national and global "Dream Team" now in over 30 states and several countries."

The award was part of the ColoradoBiz Magazine's 2014 Made in Colorado Manufacturing Forum held April 23, 2014. The annual event showcases the achievements of Colorado-based manufacturers and discusses solutions to issues challenging Colorado's manufacturing sector.

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About Sierra Nevada Corporation's Space Systems 
Sierra Nevada Corporation's Space Systems business area based in Louisville, Colorado, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, space vehicles, rocket motors and spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. Government, commercial customers as well as for the international market. SNC's Space Systems has more than 25 years of space heritage and has participated in over 400 successful space missions through the delivery of over 4,000 systems, subsystems and components. During its history, SNC's Space Systems has concluded over 70 programs for NASA and over 50 other clients. For more information about SNC's Space Systems visit

About Sierra Nevada Corporation
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, is one of America's fastest growing private companies based on its significant expansion and reputation for rapid, innovative, and agile technology solutions in electronics, aerospace, avionics, space, propulsion, micro-satellite, aircraft, communications systems and solar energy. Under the leadership of CEO Fatih Ozmen and President Eren Ozmen, SNC has a workforce of over 3,000 personnel in 30 locations in 16 states. SNC's six unique business areas are dedicated to providing leading-edge solutions to SNC's dynamic customer base.
SNC is also the Top Woman-Owned Federal Contractor in the United States. Over the last 30 years under the Ozmen's leadership, SNC has remained focused on providing its customers the very best in diversified technologies to meet their needs and has a strong and proven track record of success. The company continues to focus its growth also on the commercial sector through internal advancements in dual-use applications and outside acquisitions, including the emerging markets of renewable energy, telemedicine, nanotechnology, cyber and net-centric operations. For more information on SNC visit and follow us at