The Susquehanna Association for the Blind and Vision Impaired (SABVI) will host an open house at 10 a.m., Thursday, October 18 at its new food manufacturing facility, 171 Butter Road, Leola. The open house will kick off with a brief building dedication at 9:45 am in honor of John C. Clemens, founder of the Clemens Family Corporation/Hatfield Quality Meats, which donated the building to SABVI. The general public and media are welcome.
Afterward visitors will be able to tour the 19,000 square foot facility, where they will witness SABVI’s Industrial Division in operation and learn about the full-range of capabilities for its newest facility. The general public and media are welcome. Representatives from Shiloh Farms/Garden Spot Distributors and Nuts About Granola — SABVI’s business partners — will also be on hand to discuss their products and share free samples.
Shiloh Farms/Garden Spot Distributors and Nuts About Granola were selected following a request for proposal process. The partnerships will employ as many as 15 people, the majority of which be blind or vision impaired and put to use the manufacturing facility which had been vacant for more than three years, said Dennis Steiner, SABVI President/CEO.
Shiloh Farms will launch their new dedicated Gluten Free facility in fall 2012, welcoming 40+ certified gluten free products to the Shiloh Farms already large variety. The certified gluten free products will range from lentils to flour, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, coconut sugar, and allergen free chocolate chips. Of these new products, many will also be certified organic and kosher, satisfying the dietary needs of discerning consumers across the nation.
Located just down the road from the Leola facility, in New Holland, Shiloh Farms specializes in wholesome, healthy, all-natural food products. Their product line features more than 200 items, including sprouted grain breads, sprouted flours and pretzels, as well as healthy snack food, dried fruits, nuts, legumes, grains, cheeses and more. Many of Shiloh Farms products are available in retail stores in the Northeastern U.S. and online at shilohfarms.com.
About Susquehanna Association for the Blind and Vision Impaired:
SABVI serves more than 2,000 individuals who are blind or vision impaired in Lancaster, Lebanon, Somerset, Berks, Chester and Philadelphia counties through a variety of programs including early childhood education, rehabilitation services, employment training, and industrial/manufacturing services. SABVI also houses the Steinman Eye Clinic, providing diagnostic eye care services at a need-based minimal charge. Susquehanna Foundation for the Blind is the fund raising arm of SABVI.