Bortech worker feels her voice counts

When Judy Duquette was a kid, she tinkered in her father’s workshop.

“He told me and my twin sister to take apart an engine to stay busy and we did,” said the West Swanzey native.

Many years later, Duquette has made a career of working on machines. At Judy Duquette at workBortech Corporation, she assembles the portable BoreWelders sold by the Keene company.

What distinguishes her Bortech experience from previous manufacturing jobs is she feels that her voice counts. “You can say things directly here and be heard,” she said.

Bortech owner Leo White believes employee involvement is critical to the success of a business.

“Valuing your employees – giving them a say in how the company is run and share of the profits – drives growth,” he said.

Bortech was the first company to receive financing from Vested for Growth, a program launched by the Community Loan Fund in 2002, Vested for Growth provides risk capital up to $500,000 to New Hampshire businesses that invest in employees and long-term growth.

“Our hope is that entrepreneurs like Leo White and companies like Bortech will serve as models of success for other businesses, driving growth and widening the economic winners’ circle,” said Vested for Growth Director John Hamilton.

This story was published in the Community Loan Fund's 2003 Annual Report.