Thanks to a $20-thousand donation from the Alcoa Foundation, employees at the Beacon Lighthouse now have a new break room for their use.
The money was use to install an air conditioning unit, something the room didn't have before.
There's also new flooring, a new ceiling, appliances, and tables and chairs.
Buddy Edgemon, president of the Beacon Lighthouse, says, "Every non-profit organization needs a champion. These guys have stepped up and become our champion. It's just a wonderful feeling to know we have community support."
Monty Gillespie, plant manager at Alcoa Howmet, says, "It's a night and day difference. I was here before they started construction and renovation of the room, and it's outstanding results. We're very happy to be a part of it."
Beacon Lighthouse employs mainly blind and visually impaired workers.
Employees produce the lighthouse's major product lines: cleaning products, kits for aircraft cleaning, emergency lights, and stainless steel sponges.