Yesterday, the Polar Bottle crew was lucky enough to meet with Colorado State Senator — and senate current Majority Leader — Rollie Heath.
Senator Heath represents Senate District 18 in Colorado, which includes Boulder County where Polar Bottle has been based since we started making water bottles out of a garage in 1994.
As Polar Bottle president Judy Amabile led the senator around our office and warehouse he met with sales people, production workers, engineers and all the other links in the supply chain that get our bottles produced and shipped around the world. Our employees discussed the biggest political issues affecting them and their families in Colorado.
Production worker Ciro, for example, asked the senator about the proposed minimum wage increase while Dakota, who is currently taking a semester off from college in Durango, discussed higher education.
Sales associate Mike asked about the state of relief efforts for the recent flooding and whether Colorado would invest more in alternative energy in the years to come. The senator, in turn, pitched the issues he sees as most pertinent to the state — including job creation, healthcare and public education.
We told Senator Heath, who has a background in manufacturing himself, the story of how our business transformed from a three-man operation led by our president vice, president and first employee Nechko — who Senator Heath also met — to a thriving establishment that employs around 50 Coloradans. It is a story, the senator says, that he hears every day in this state, where small companies like ours account for close to 95 percent of the state’s businesses.
As the tour came to a close, we realized that while there are still has obstacles to overcome, thanks to representatives like Senator Heath, who support small business and advocate for workers, Colorado is a state where we can continue to grow our profits without sacrificing the business principals that we were founded on. In Colorado we can uphold our commitment to supporting American workers and our economy by continuing to manufacture in the United States. And, most importantly, we can continue to honor our employees by working harder every day to make this a place where people want to work and are adequately compensated for their contribution to our business.