A Message from President and CEO Kirk Adams
As we reflect on 2014, one clear theme comes to mind — growth!
With a record year for manufacturing, we were able to hire 34 new employees who are blind, Deaf-Blind, and blind with other disabilities across the organization. As we continue to grow and see higher than expected revenues from our aerospace contracts, we anticipate hiring an additional 20-30 more employees who are blind over the next 12-18 months.
This year, we celebrated the expansion of Inland Northwest Lighthouse (INL) with a fiesta-themed event on May 7. By almost doubling our manufacturing and warehouse space, we were able to add new products to our wallboard and easel lines and move production of several items from Seattle to Spokane. Other areas for growth include new product development and business partnerships with companies like CamelBak,The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and ACCO Brands.
I’d like to personally congratulate our 2014 Employees of the Year, Mae Lynn Mullen and Carla Abbott, on their achievement. We’re honored to have them represent the Lighthouse throughout 2015 and at the National Industries for the Blind annual conference next October.
In this issue you will read about the retirement of some of our beloved Lighthouse family members, Linda and Ed Elliott. They both leave a lasting legacy, having touched the lives of many of our employees in deep and meaningful ways by contributing to their upward mobility and personal growth.
We’ve come a long way since the early days of manufacturing jigsaw puzzles, brooms, and caning chairs. As we continue to grow and expand, we are optimistic about what the future holds for The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
Thank you for believing in our important work and for continuing to support our mission in 2015.
President and CEO
The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.