Business Creating Sustainable Communities

Sustainability    Job Creation    Social Capitalism    Triple Bottom Line

These are not new concepts to us. Qualtek has been leading efforts to create sustainable communities for years.

Within the Company

Our first efforts for sustainability focused on ways we could be environmentally efficient and improve employee awareness of environmental issues.

See our Sustainability page

Within the Community

Investments from Qualtek’s owners, the Fagnant family, helped start Blue Star Recyclers, a 501(c)3 social enterprise in 2009. Blue Star Recyclers recycles electronics to create jobs for people with autism and other disAbilities.

Blue Star Recyclers has locations in Colorado Springs and Denver and has created meaningful employment for over 40 adults with disAbilities and diverted millions of pounds of hazardous waste from landfills. In 2016, Blue Star Recyclers was named Social Venture of the Year by expert impact investors.

Logo: Blue Star Recyclers

Qualtek and Fagnant Family Foundation sees “the arts” and arts education as a critical aspect of creative development in our future workforce. From a community building and workforce development perspective we see the long-term investment in our youth as a near term priority.

From a manufacturing perspective we know that people who engage in the arts are able to think critically and approach complex problems in more robust way. We believe the arts cultivate innovation.

Logo: The Colorado Springs Conservatory: Cultivating young performing artists.

Qualtek’s Q-munity supports growing career opportunities to make communities stronger. Qualtek has the only Tool and Die Apprenticeship Program in Colorado registered with the US Department of Labor.

Through CAMA and other industry organizations, President Chris Fagnant conducts tours, workshops and publishes industry articles to encourage young creative thinkers to pursue careers in manufacturing.

When the Colorado Springs Business Journal named CEO Mary Fagnant a “2015 Women of Influence”, she used the opportunity to encourage more women to become involved in manufacturing.

Logo: CAMA Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance
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