Some of the components manufactured in the sheltered workshop include fittings, pressed metal signs, belt buckles, custom key blanks and industrial components

The metal workshop provides meaningful employment for blind adults who manufacture metal and plastic components for industry, government, and military contracts and who in turn are able to support their families.

This ISO-9000 certified manufacturing facility has the equipment necessary to enable the manufacture of specialized components for telecommunications, refrigeration, military (belt buckles), and light industrial applications. Managed and staffed by blind adults, the workshop is also an innovator in the creation of tools and manufacturing equipment that can be operated by the blind. With devices that provide audio and physical feedback on material thickness, drill depth, stamping pressure and cutting length, the factory operates much like any other machine shop – except all the workers and managers are blind. They even create their own dies, jigs, forms and molds for the manufacturing process – and they do so with an unparalleled safety record – no injuries in more than 1400 days (as of July 2013).

Your support can keep the metal workshop going. Donations will be targeted to purchasing new tooling, machines, and raw materials for the workshop and to modify machines for use by the blind workers. Click below to make a donation to keep these programs alive!

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  • A High-pressure stamping machine in the workshop is manned by one of the staff who uses specialized jigs (silver blocks in the center of the workspace) to create metal components.
    A High-pressure stamping machine in the workshop is manned by one of the staff who uses specialized jigs (silver blocks in the center of the workspace) to create metal components.
  • A blind staff member explains how a roll of specialized stainless steel is transformed in the first step of the manufacturing process to create parts for a refrigeration unit.
    A blind staff member explains how a roll of specialized stainless steel is transformed in the first step of the manufacturing process to create parts for a refrigeration unit.
  • A close-up of the dials on the lathe shows the raised dots that have been applied to allow the blind workers to control the cutting dimensions of the high-speed lathe.
    A close-up of the dials on the lathe shows the raised dots that have been applied to allow the blind workers to control the cutting dimensions of the high-speed lathe.
  • A close-up of the metal stamping process.
    A close-up of the metal stamping process.
  • Hot off the metal press these stainless steel clips will hold support shelves in a food storage application.
    Hot off the metal press these stainless steel clips will hold support shelves in a food storage application.
  • Some of the components manufactured in the sheltered workshop include fittings, pressed metal signs, belt buckles, custom key blanks and industrial components.
    Some of the components manufactured in the sheltered workshop include fittings, pressed metal signs, belt buckles, custom key blanks and industrial components.
  • The finished product a brass belt buckle married to a web belt and ready to adorn the uniform of Greek military recruits.
    The finished product a brass belt buckle married to a web belt and ready to adorn the uniform of Greek military recruits.
  • This specialized lathe has round dials that have been fitted with special raised markings to allow the sightless workers to control the shaping process.
    This specialized lathe has round dials that have been fitted with special raised markings to allow the sightless workers to control the shaping process.
  • To get to the finished product, the components need to be trimmed as well as pressed.
    To get to the finished product, the components need to be trimmed as well as pressed.
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