a legacy of
 productivity   & innovation

A black and white image of a woman working on a ceramic pot lid.

The site has been in a constant state of reinvention throughout its history and that tradition is continuing in delightful new ways.

There’s beauty in the pure industrial utility of the structures, form following function. The facility has been in a constant state of evolution, meeting the needs of production and incorporating new technology over the years. The buildings themselves morphing – streamlining and expanding – with market forces. Gone are the old stacks from the coal-fired beehive kilns, for instance, swapped decades later with what at the time was more efficient natural gas and more advanced manufacturing processes. Each generation marks a steady progression towards sustainability. This site has been an economic engine and employment center for the community for over a century and now the time has come to bring a new measure of value to Golden and yet another generation of eco-innovation using electric power from renewable resources.

Coal to natural gas to sustainable electric info graphic.
A black and white image of a woman working on a ceramic pot lid.
Coors Porcelain Company employees standing outside the Coors Porcelain Company building.
A black and white image of Coors Porcelain Company employees standing outside of the Coors Porcelain Company building.

a (very)
brief history

CoorsTek employees from the 1920s to 1980s.

a (very)
brief history

Since its humble 1910 beginnings as Herold China & Pottery, then as Coors Porcelain Company, Coors Ceramics and eventually CoorsTek, this site has seen numerous groundbreaking advancements in engineered ceramics and materials sciences.

The facility has produced fine (now collectible) dinnerware, porcelain labware, ceramic insulators, semiconductors and military-grade ceramic armor – just to name a few – while pioneering kiln technology, manufacturing techniques, and chemical compositions, creating stronger, lighter, more effective ceramic-based products along the way. And in 1959, the inspiration to manufacture beer cans resulted in the recyclable aluminum beverage can we all use today. On a site that’s always been about what’s next, the next chapter couldn’t be more exciting. More at coorstek.com


A black and white image of Golden, Colorado in the 1910s.
A portrait image of Adolph Coors.

Herold China & Pottery Company, precursor to CoorsTek, started with help from Adolph Coors

A black and white image of men mining in a tunnel in Golden, Colorado.

Developed chemical and scientific labware using local clays

A black and white image of a shelf with Coors Porcelain dinnerware.

Changed name to Coors Porcelain company and started production of several dinnerware lines, the most successful being the Rosebud design

A black and white image of Coors Brewery employees sitting together.

The company’s success in manufacturing labware and dinnerware helped to keep many brewery employees working during prohibition

A black and white image of a shelf with Coors Porcelain Company ceramics.

Circular and tunnel kilns replaced beehive kilns as Coors Porcelain Company continued to expand and grow

A black and white image of chemical porcelain labware created by Coors Porcelain Company.

Became a world leader in the production of chemical porcelain labware, manufacturing over 300 shapes and sizes

A black and white image of a Coors Porcelain Company kiln.

Acquired spray drying and isostatic forming technology from Champion Spark Plug, helping to launch Coors Porcelain Company into a new era of ceramic manufacturing

A black and white image of Coors Porcelain Company employees standing outside of the Coors Porcelain Company building.

Joseph Coors Sr. forms the first research and development group at Coors Porcelain, the start of the company becoming a leader in technical ceramics

A poster advertising Coors Metallizing bonding services.

Became one of the first companies in the world to provide ceramic-to-metal bonding services for the electronics industry

A black and white image of a man working on dry press forming.

Breakthrough in dry press forming for high volume production

A black and white image of a woman working on an aluminum can manufacturing line.

Developed the manufacturing process for the recyclable aluminum beverage can in Golden

A black and white image of ceramic aluminas.

Revolutionized the ceramics industry with the development of high purity aluminas, expanding the range of ceramics applications

A 1960s newspaper article on Coors Manufacturing armor for the Vietnam war.

Lightweight ceramic armor components developed for military

An electrostatic precipitator.

Developed electrostatic precipitator insulators to reduce smokestack emissions

Thin-film substrates for electronic applications.

Manufactured thin-film substrates for electronic applications

Two pieces of transparent ceramic materials.

Engineered advanced technical ceramic materials, including a transparent ceramic

The Coors Ceramics logo.

Coors Porcelain became Coors Ceramics, reflecting the material advancements and broad product range

Three pieces of ceramic armor plates.

Manufactured lighter, stronger next-generation ceramic armor plate components

Multiple semiconductor tools created by Coors Ceramics.

Began development on new material formulations for the semiconductor industry


Coors Ceramics became CoorsTek, highlighting our technical ceramics industry expertise and material development

A pink colored implantable medical device created by CoorsTek Bioceramics.

Launched CoorsTek Bioceramics, manufacturing high tech ceramic components for implantable medical devices

MOXIE on Mars.

Worked with NASA on MOXIE, part of the Mars Rover Perseverance, which uses CoorsTek technology to produce oxygen from the CO2 in the Martian atmosphere

An illustrative world map with multi-colored pins showing CoorsTek Headquarters, manufacturing facilities, and sales offices.

Led by John K Coors, acquired the advanced ceramics businesses of Saint Gobain and Covalent Materials, the largest expansion in CoorsTek history

The exterior of the CoorsTek building surrounded by green trees.

Moved manufacturing out of the original building in Golden to other facilities, paving the way to redevelop the site

Dan Cohen and Michael Coors standing in front of the Coors Porcelain Company building.

Clayworks redevelopment plan for the site in Golden unanimously approved by the city

The exterior of the new CoorsTek building.

CoorsTek moves production to new state-of-the-art facility

Redevelopment and
adaptive reuse begins a
new era as Clayworks

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