Officials for Lighthouse for the Blind Inc. recently announced plans to start up operations in Dorchester County, South Carolina.
This $2 million investment will result in the establishment of a manufacturing facility that will be used by the private, not-for-profit organization to provide employment and training for people living with blindness. It will create more than 20 new jobs over the next year.
“I am extremely excited that individuals in the area will benefit by obtaining meaningful jobs, learning new skills, preparing for potential upward mobility, and producing quality products," Lighthouse for the Blind Board of Trustees Chair Bennett Prows said.
Lighthouse for the Blind was established in 1918 and now operates 13 locations on the West Coast. The Lowcountry operations will be housed in a manufacturing facility at 230 Deming Way, Summerville, in which employees will perform light machining jobs for the aerospace industry.
“We are so pleased to welcome The Lighthouse for the Blind to our community and look forward to their continued success," Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board Chair Anita Zucker said. "This was a seamless team effort led by Dorchester County, and this organization will be an integral part of the supply chain for our growing aerospace cluster.”
The new facility should be up and running by this fall, and hiring has already begun. More information about Lighthouse for the Blind and jobs with the organization is available online at www.thelighthousefortheblindinc.org.
“It is a great pleasure to welcome The Lighthouse for the Blind to Dorchester County," County Council Chair David Chinnis said. "On behalf of Dorchester County, we salute them for what they do and stand ready to assist them with their mission in any way that we can.”