Burlington Graphic Systems, which designs and prints vinyl graphics and paint for RVs, marine and other industrial applications, provided 48 wells in Africa last year and plans to have 60 more this year. Burlington is based in Racine, Wis., and has a factory in Elkhart, Ind.
The Elkhart Truth reported that Phil Holtje, Burlington’s founder and chairman of the board, said the company gives to charitable efforts both locally and abroad because of the position the employee-owned company is in.
“We just feel like our hard work has been richly blessed, we’re just really privileged to be able to give back,” Holtje said by phone.
According to Holtje, the company has a board of employees that pitch and choose projects to fund, which usually are long-term projects.
“We’re always looking for projects where there’s first, a real, definite need and secondly that is sustainable,” he said.
Three years ago, Burlington partnered with Water of Life, a nonprofit international group that repairs and builds water wells in West African countries, such as Sierra Leone and Liberia.
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