An American Classic At Work
North American Precis Syndicate
Lynn Larsen is proud that the work she does supports the U.S. military. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—If you've ever served in the military, worked for the federal
government, signed a visitors log in a federal building, or addressed a letter
at a post office, chances are you've had your hands on an American classic.
That's because you've probably used a SKILCRAFT® U.S.
Government Pen. It's really something to write home about. In fact, the pen
can write continuously for a mile and in temperatures up to 160 degrees and
down to 40 degrees below zero.
It all started 50 years ago, when National Industries for the Blind (NIB)
and its associated nonprofit agencies met the government's challenge of
producing a jaw-dropping 70 million retractable ballpoint pens according to
Today, manufacturing the pen sustains employment for more than 100 people
who are blind at three NIB associated nonprofit
agencies: Alphapointe in Kansas City, Missouri;
Industries for the Blind in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Industries of the Blind
in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Perhaps the most significant aspect of the pen project was and remains the
fact that this outstanding quality writing instrument is produced by people
who are blind working at NIB associated agencies. The quality of the pen they
produce has shifted perceptions about the capabilities of people who are
blind and led to new products introduced over the decades. More than just a
writing instrument, the pen symbolizes the strength of American manufacturing
and the nearly limitless capabilities of people who are blind.
Today, people who are blind working at NIB associated agencies produce
more than 7,000 different products for the federal government, including
office supplies, cleaning supplies, hardware and paints, and a wide range of
products to equip the U.S. military, such as uniforms, bedding and protective
Since 1938, NIB has focused on enhancing the opportunities for economic
and personal independence of people who are blind, primarily through
creating, sustaining and improving employment. NIB and its network of
associated nonprofit agencies are the nation's
largest employer of people who are blind.
Visit http://NIB.org/pen to learn more
about this American classic.
"More than just a writing instrument, a
#SKILCRAFT U.S. Government Pen symbolizes the strength of American
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