Lighthouse for the Blind acquires assets of Falcon Safety Products
As part of this acquisition, LHB said it plans to establish two new facilities in Berkeley, Missouri, with the aim of expanding employment opportunities for individuals who are legally blind.
Falcon Safety Products is known for producing compressed gas dusters and signal horns, including the popular Dust-Off® brand of consumer electronics cleaning accessories.
It also has a strong presence in the marine and safety signal horns market.
The company's product line includes portable safety horns, as well as marine accessories such as Line-Master Mooring Snubbers, rigging tape, and marine screen cleaner.
Eric Warnhoff, president and CEO of The Lighthouse for the Blind, stated: "The acquisition of Falcon Safety Products is a significant milestone for the Lighthouse. It will result in the creation of more than 30 job opportunities for visually impaired individuals in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
"This development marks a momentous occasion for the Lighthouse and further builds upon the foundation we laid in 1986 when we began manufacturing aerosols in Berkeley, MO.”
The Lighthouse for the Blind in St. Louis has been dedicated to creating employment opportunities for individuals who are legally blind since 1933.
Currently, the organisation employs blind individuals at two manufacturing plants: a liquid and aerosol manufacturing plant, as well as a packaging and kitting facility.
These facilities produce, fill, assemble, and package over 300 products for commercial and government customers.
Falcon Safety Products will now be part of LHB's portfolio of commercial brands, including Quake Kare®, Tear Mender®, RapidFix®, and Badge Magic®.
The sales of these products will contribute to their 'See the Future' Community Outreach Programmes, which provide vital support and services for children and adults who are legally blind in Missouri.
Philip Lapin, president of Falcon, said, “We are happy to have sold to a US-based company with a charitable mission and manufacturing experience in our key categories.
"Members of our customer-facing team will be aboard to help smooth the transition. We wish them well in their continuing mission to assist the visually impaired community.”