According to Mary Ann Kristiansen, Executive Director of the Hannah Grimes Center, building community wealth is best described with a farming metaphor. “It’s easy for a farmer to deplete the soil and it’s easy to build it up. If nothing is done to enrich the soil and a farmer simply harvests year after year, the soil becomes depleted and returns diminish over time. Enrich the soil, and yields will actually increase over time. Communities are no different,” continues Kristiansen. “When residents consistently take actions that enrich the ‘soil’ of their community, the result is a thriving local economy and a vibrant, healthy, connected community – that’s building community wealth.”
ABTech is an active supporter of the efforts of the Hannah Grimes Center and their initiative towards building community wealth. Not only by providing high quality, good paying local jobs but with year-over-year sales growth ABTech has increased purchases of raw materials and supplies from area vendors. Our sales stretch across the nation and internationally (we have product on all seven continents!) which brings revenue back to the area to be redistributed throughout the local economy.
Collectively and individually we strive to “give back” by sponsoring and/or volunteering in local campaigns for the United Way; the Prouty ride and walk for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth Hospital; Tough Mudder challenge for the Wounded Warrior Project; Habitat for Humanity; Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team; robotics and engineering competitions; “adopting” families in need during the Christmas season; coaching youth sports and more.
Along with being involved with curriculum development for the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM), ABTech also employs interns from this program, giving them hands-on experience in many facets of the manufacturing process (click here to see the RCAM video). We regularly host tours for local high school students studying in the industrial trades to introduce them to our manufacturing processes and the inspection equipment we produce. This is always a rewarding time for us to see their excitement for the type of local manufacturing opportunities that may await them when they graduate.
Our “Pride in Precision” company philosophy extends beyond our products to a greater sense of pride in our communities. We’ve all made the decision to live here, to raise families here, and so it makes sense that we do what we can to make the area the best place possible. With our community outreach efforts we hope that bright and talented young people will also choose to make the Monadnock region their home as well, further enriching our “soil”.
The Hannah Grimes Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Keene, New Hampshire. Its mission is to educate, support and assist in the successful development of entrepreneurs and community builders throughout the Monadnock region. Their success supports the Hannah Grimes Center’s broader vision of a sustainable thriving local economy and vibrant community built upon the region’s heritage, culture, natural resources, and the civic-minded entrepreneurial spirit of its people.