Lighthouse for the Blind Saint Louis was recently honored for its efforts to increase employment retention growth and upward mobility for people who are blind.
The award was presented by National Industries for the Blind (NIB) in recognition of Lighthouse for the Blind - Saint Louis' success and commitment to increasing employment and economic opportunities for people who are blind.
"We are proud to provide employment opportunities for people who are blind," said John Thompson, President. "Over 90% of our direct labor force, including our supervisors, are legally blind and represent a loyal, dedicated and capable workforce. We are honored to serve as an example in the community of the capabilities of people who are blind. We are please to provide quality products, on time and at competitive prices to the federal government as well as commercial customers."
The 2010 Employment Award winners receive cash payments from a $1 million fund created to recognize and encourage NIB associated agencies that grow or sustain employment for people who are blind. Emphasis is also placed on efforts to increase upward mobility in the workplace and job placements.
With a 70 percent unemployment rate for working aged Americans who are blind, all efforts to create jobs for this population help to change this statistic and provide economic and personal freedom for people who are blind.
"It is an honor for me to recognize agencies such as Lighthouse for the Blind - Saint Louis that are dedicated to creating jobs and high-growth career opportunities for people who are blind," said Kevin A. Lynch, president and CEO of NIB. "I truly appreciate their efforts to reduce the unemployment rate for this population."
Also known as LHB Industries, the Lighthouse was founded in 1933 and today maintains offices and manufacturing facilities that currently employ more than 60 legally blind persons at two locations in Saint Louis County.
The Lighthouse manufactures, assembles, warehouses and sells high-quality products to government and commercial customers nationwide including first aid kits, medical kits, catheters, aerosol and liquid paints, aerosol and liquid cleaning products and many others.