For more than 100 years, Alphapointe has been manufacturing products that included straw brooms in its early years, which were sold door-to-door. Today, the Kansas City, MO-based manufacturing company is an ISO-9001 certified manufacturer and plastics processor.
While it may look like an ordinary plastics processing company, Alphapointe is the largest employer of people who are vision impaired in the region. With just over 200 employees, 110 are blind or vision impaired. Alphapointe, founded in 1911, is non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and while that may at first sound like the company has an unfair competitive advantage, Gina Gowin, director of Development and Public Relations for Alphapointe, notes that being competitive and being self-sustaining is critical to Alphapointe’s mission....