Keystone Blind Association Opens New HQ Aug. 18

HERMITAGE, Pa. – The Keystone Blind Association will host a dedication and open house for its new headquarters and production facility from 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 18. The dedication will be held at 5 p.m. and tours will be available.

The new headquarters, 3056 E. State Street in Hermitage, is on a main bus route and a block away from the busiest intersection in Mercer County, noted communications director Aaron Schwab.

“This marks the first time in KBA’s history that the public can see the agency from a main thoroughfare instead of driving to a residential area,” he said in a statement, adding the site will help the agency expand its program and increase public awareness of the work it does.

Established in 1947, the Keystone Blind Association provides specialized services to residents in Mercer, Crawford and Lawrence counties in Pennsylvania and Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio. Keystone also works with affiliate agencies in Beaver, Delaware and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania.

Keystone Blind Association offers employment opportunities through its storefront and production center, where clients manufacture industrial digging and striking equipment, and safety helmets. The agency also operates a toilet paper manufacturing center near Philadelphia, seven driver’s license centers across the state and maintains several PennDOT rest areas.

The new production center will be dedicated to former Keystone Blind Association employee Perry Templeton, who died in 2009. Templeton worked as the association’s vice president of operations for five years, helping to start the manufacturing employment program and then expanding it.

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