Photo with caption: A medium dark skinned man is crouching down next to his dog guide and smiling. He is wearing a dark blue collared shirt with a BSC logo on it. Photo with caption: A man with medium dark skin is working on assembling a wallboard. He is wearing dark sunglasses and a ballcap. Photo with caption: A candid close up image of a light skinned woman holding a tool in one hand and a metal part in other. She is wearing dark safety glasses and leaning in close to her hands. Photo with caption: A portrait of a dark skinned man standing in a doorway. He is wearing dark sunglasses and holding a white cane.

Our manufacturing operations span across a total of 274,000 square feet in our facilities in Seattle, WA, Spokane, WA, and Summerville, SC. Not only is making high quality products for our customers paramount to our organization, but also our imperative to create diverse, sustainable, and meaningful employment opportunities for people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities.

FY2020 brought a major milestone achievement in manufacturing, as The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. celebrated the completion of our one millionth wallboard! Since the launch of our Spokane facility in 2008, the Lighthouse has partnered with Acco Brands in producing high-quality wallboards for the Federal Government through the AbilityOne Program. Today the Lighthouse has delivered over $70 million worth of wallboards and will be delivering upwards of 9,000-11,000 boards per month, 95% of which are produced by people who are blind. The Lighthouse has provided accessible jobs and created numerous employment opportunities around the wallboard line.

“The one thing that has always been at the forefront was creating employment opportunities for people who are blind, providing good wages, good health care to our employees, treating our customers well,” said Pat O’Hara, Lighthouse Chief Operations Officer. “And making sure that every time that a customer opens that box with the Lighthouse, SKILCRAFT, and Quartet branding on it, that wallboard is a good quality product that we are all proud of.”