Zep Inc. is going above and beyond by teaming up with two nonprofit organizations in a unique way, taking corporate responsibility to a whole new level. Not only is Zep focused on going green, but they are helping to increase job opportunities for people who are blind. Their popular Meter Mist® line of products is assembled by Envision Inc. and the Lighthouse for the Blind – St. Louis, two nonprofit organizations that employ nearly 300 people who are blind or visually impaired.
At Lighthouse for the Blind – St. Louis, the aerosol cans are filled with chemicals, valves are placed in the cans, and the cans are cooled and sealed in a water bath. Then tips, caps and labels are placed on the cans, and the cans are packed in boxes. For all of these tasks, 90% of the work is done by someone who is blind. At Envision Inc., the Meter Mist dispensers are assembled, providing approximately seven jobs for people who are blind or severely disabled.
These Meter Mist products carry both the Zep®
brand and will be sold to the federal government through the AbilityOne Program
, established by the Javits-Wagner-O’Day (JWOD) Act. This federal program enables government agencies to purchase products and services that provide job opportunities for people who are blind or severely disabled.
National Industries for the Blind (NIB)
is a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing the opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining and improving employment. NIB has 90 associated agencies around the United States that provide rehabilitation services, technology training and continuing education, and meaningful employment opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired – Envision and Lighthouse for the Blind are two of these admirable organizations.
Zep Inc. is a company founded on relationships with a wide variety of partners. This new relationship with NIB, Envision and Lighthouse for the Blind – St. Louis is an extension of the culture of service to customers and the community Zep Inc. has displayed for over 70 years.