Every line of business at the Lighthouse supports our mission to empower people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities. We do that by creating diverse, sustainable, and meaningful employment opportunities.

Michael Leifson has worked in the aerospace industry for nearly 30 years. “I’ve been in a lot of manufacturing operations,” he notes. But there’s one thing about the Lighthouse that is different.

“At any other company I’ve been at, my job was to produce profits no matter where I was at. But what I’m really tasked with at the Lighthouse is to expand opportunities to make jobs. That’s our driving force,” Michael continues. “We have around 100 employees working directly on manufacturing aerospace parts. Of those employees, 77% are blind or DeafBlind.”

  • 111,205 office parts
  • 864,030 aerospace parts
  • 1,324,966 defense parts
  • 2,300,201 total parts manufactured
Infographic detailing numbers of parts manufactured. Pictured: Dan Porter, CNC machinist, holding an aerospace part. Ursula McCully, Production Worker, holding a canteen.