John W. Thompson, president of the Lighthouse for the Blind-Saint Louis, said, ”Our Orange Magic cleaner / degreaser was developed in the lab at the Lighthouse manufacturing plant in Berkeley, Missouri, and formulated, produced and packaged by employees who are legally blind and visually impaired. We are proud that Orange Magic has earned Bio-Based, Bio-Preferred certification from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This certification will help make Orange Magic popular among our customers in government, military and business sectors and among consumers.”
“Orange Magic has a non-toxic and non-flammable formula with no volatile organic compounds (VOCs),” Thompson added. “Orange Magic is a very effective cleaner with a refreshing scent that can tackle any cleaning job on walls, floors, appliances, machinery or any washable surface.”
The USDA notified the Lighthouse that Orange Magic earned Bio-Based, Bio-Preferred certification because it meets or exceeds prescribed USDA standards for products composed in whole or in significant part of agricultural, forestry or marine materials. Orange Magic’s Bio-Based content of 64% was verified by independent labs monitored by the USDA. The USDA Bio-Preferred program was created by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 and expanded by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 to help increase the use of Bio-Based products.
Ron Buckhalt, USDA Bio-Preferred Program Manager, said, "We are pleased that Lighthouse for the Blind-Saint Louis has earned the USDA Certified Bio-Based and Bio-Preferred Product Label. Bio-based products provide opportunities to help add value to renewable commodities, and also create jobs in rural communities and generate investment income," he said. Because of the USDA’s Bio-Preferred certification, “Consumers may feel secure in the accuracy of the Bio-Based amount and be empowered in making better-informed purchasing decisions,” Buckhalt added.
Brian Houser, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Lighthouse, said, “Our announcement of Orange Magic Bio-Based, Bio-Preferred certification coincides with National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This national campaign by the U.S. Department of Labor helps raise awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?’"
“We are optimistic about the prospects for Orange Magic because of its superior performance and Bio-Preferred certification,”
The Lighthouse Orange Magic product is being sold under the SKILCRAFT® brand, which is recognized by 95 percent of federal government purchasers, and is being distributed through AbilityOne™ sales channels. AbilityOne is a federal initiative to help people who are blind and disabled find employment through nonprofit agencies that sell products to the U.S. government. AbilityOne is coordinated by National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and National Industries for People with Significant Disabilities (NISH).
Also known as LHB Industries, Lighthouse for the Blind-Saint Louis is a non-profit entity that helps adults and children who are visually impaired maintain dignity and independence by offering Employment, Education and Support Services. The Lighthouse currently employs more than 70 people who are legally blind at its plants in the cities of Berkeley and Overland in St. Louis County. The Lighthouse and its employees manufacture, assemble, warehouse and sell high-quality products to government and business customers nationwide including first aid kits, medical kits, catheters, aerosol and liquid paints, aerosol and liquid cleaning products, eco-friendly products and many others.
All sales revenues directly support Lighthouse programs including Professional Career Development;
For information, contact Brittney Smithers, Marketing & Sales Specialist, at toll-free 800.542.3697, or 314.423.4333, or visit the website http://www.lhbindustries.com. Media contact: Jeff Dunlap at 314.993.6925.