The Colorado Springs Business Journal presented awards for the “Best in Business” to organizations in different business sectors. Qualtek Manufacturing received the award for the Manufacturing category. President Chris Fagnant attributed the positive business reputation Qualtek earned to the work and community engagement developed by his parents and former leaders of the company, Mary and Tony Fagnant. That legacy of strengthening the Colorado Springs business community continues today.
Qualtek, Lockheed Martin, and other manufacturers were featured in an article about the robust manufacturing sector that is thriving in Colorado Springs. One reason is training programs provided by regional colleges to grow the region’s highly skilled workforce. Read the full article here.
The Colorado Springs Gazette profiled CEO Troy Roberts following his election as Board Chairman for the Precision Metalforming Association.
With a theme of PMA as industry leaders in workforce development, Qualtek’s CEO Troy Roberts began his term as PMA Board Chairman. Robert’s cites PMA’s leadership in addressing both opportunities and challenges associated with attracting young people to the industry. Read more.
This holiday season Qualtek employees have been supporting TESSA of Colorado Springs. TESSA empowers victims of partner and sexual violence to find immediate safety and take back their lives. The generous people of Qualtek are collecting needed items and funds to keep the great work of TESSA going. You can help TESSA at tessacs.org
Qualtek Manufacturing employees used contributions to United Way to vote for colleagues to receive a pie in the face. “Winners” were Jim Chamberlin and Denise Quintana. CEO Troy Roberts had a great time delivering a pie right in the kisser to Jim. And CFO Tom Drago really enjoyed smearing a pie in Denise’s face. The week-long events of fundraising included bake sales and raffles and raised $3,615 for United Way. Qualtek knows how to have fun while helping the community!
Chris Fagnant, Qualtek President, Journeyman Christian Shepley, Jason Webber, Qualtek Plant Manager
Christian Shepley successfully completed a four-year apprenticeship program and has achieved certification as Mechatronics Journeyman from the U.S. Department of Labor. Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of engineering that combines electrical, mechanical and control engineering. (Read full press release)
The hail pelting Colorado Springs in the past week has been epic and even earned national news coverage. Way back in 2012, the E-Team at Qualtek Manufacturing established the “Qualtanik Gardens”, a garden area where employees could grow fresh food for their families or to share with the community. Employees grew healthy from tending and eating their own produce. But hailstorms this summer have put everything from car windows to a healthy harvest at Qualtek at risk.
Not so fast! After a recent storm demolished most of the carefully tended plants in the Qualtanik Garden we found this beautiful strawberry plant – perhaps protected by its recycled tire location. After years of surviving Colorado weather and benefitting from personally grown garden harvests, Qualtek folks are not about to let a little hail stop them and are ready to replant and regenerate growth again.
Even though Qualtek sources most of its steel and aluminum in the U.S., new tariffs on imported material will now stop growth and cost high-paying U.S. jobs. Manufacturers are banding together to oppose tariffs that hurt the U.S. economy.
Qualtek will welcome Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association members for B2B networking in June. Register to attend here.