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.
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.