Qualtek 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.
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.
Within the Industry
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.
Qualtek leaders have long supported professionalism and workforce development in the manufacturing sector. As the newly appointed Chairman of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), Qualtek CEO, Troy Roberts, is advocating for workforce development as a critical strategic initiative across the industry.
Roberts is helping PMA members address the opportunity of attracting young people into the industry to support a resurgence of manufacturing in the U.S. He also shares the benefits of PMA with Qualtek, where all employees will use the METALFORM.EDU online courses from PMA to expand their skills.