The question is perhaps best answered by Michael H. Shuman, author of Going Local. As Shuman writes, “Going local does not mean walling off the outside world. It means nurturing locally owned businesses which use local resources sustainably, employ local workers at decent wages and serve primarily local consumers. It means becoming more self-sufficient and less dependent on imports. Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it belongs.” – www.localfirst.com
In Colorado, buying brick from Summit Brick Company, is buying local. What is buying local? Why is it important? When you buy locally owned it benefits our communities. I love Shuman’s words choice of “nurturing locally owned businesses which use local resources sustainably” – both “nurturing” and “sustainably” strike a chord. We have a responsibility to both encourage the growth and development of our local communities-the definition of “nurture”-and to maintain or “sustain” our natural resources and beautiful planet for future generations. Choose local, choose Summit Brick Company.
1. Strengthen your local economy.
2. Reduce environmental impact. Shipping from our Pueblo or Lakewood plants here in Colorado uses less natural resources and releases less pollution.
3. Provide jobs in your community. Summit Brick Company employs approximately 100 employees in the Colorado area.
4. Receive better service. Summit Brick Company takes the time to get to know their customers because they are our neighbors.
5. Invest in our community.
6. Encourage local prosperity.
If you are local here in Colorado, you might recognize the spectacular and unique Fossil Trace Golf Course above. Fossil Trace Golf Club is located in Golden, Colorado and is one of Colorado’s premier public golf courses. Jim Engh, a renowned golf course architect, constructed the course with the original landscape in mind, a large reclaimed clay mine from Lakewood Brick & Tile Co. Large outcropping of rock and some of the original mining equipment are still on the course today. This is a great example of how innovative ideas come from the clay mine reclamation process and how it can have a positive impact on the surrounding environment.
Not only is Summit Brick Company local here in Colorado, but we are also proud to be family-owned and operated for over 111 years. Read this post to hear more about Summit’s history!