Oct 27, 2010 8:30 PM by Stephanie Collins

Grab a cold one; local ink company thriving

You know how to tell when a Coors Light is cold?  The mountains turn blue ... and it's thanks to a company in Colorado Springs. 

Chromatic Technologies Inc. invented the technology to put the color changing ink, called thermacromic ink, on aluminum cans.  "Our most famous product, that goes on the Coors Light can, that tells you when your beer is cold enough to drink," explains President and Founder Lyle Small.

Chromatic Technologies manufactures all of their ink in Colorado Springs, but it's used around the world.  The company's ink is in more than 30 countries.

Small and his company are getting a lot of recognition for their work; they were awarded Inventor of the Year last year and nominated for Entrepreneur and Manufacturer of the Year this year, by Celebrate Technology Group.  "Having something unique that no one else can offer is the most important thing" and is why they're so successful, says Small.

Heading into the future, the company is looking for other uses for their ink besides beer cans.  "There are other types of innovations were looking into with security and safety, medical applications," explains Small.

Chromatic Technologies started with five employees in 1993 and have grown to 33.  Their plan is to keep growing.  For more information on the company, click here.

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