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APH to Showcase Manufacturing Process in Honor of “America Recycles Day”

WHO/WHAT: The American Printing House for the Blind, one of Louisville’s largest manufacturing plants, will invite the media to get footage and interviews about the organization’s recent changes in their manufacturing processes to include more recycling efforts, in honor of “America’s Recycle Day.”

WHERE: The American Printing House for the Blind, Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY

WHEN: Friday, November 15, 2013; from 10:00am to 11:00am

DETAILS: Facilities Supervisor Anita Rutledge will be on hand to discuss the organization’s recycling efforts and how APH employees incorporate environmental stewardship in their daily tasks.

Media can see huge collection boxes where zinc, computer parts, plastic, paper, and other materials are collected in factory production areas, as well as smaller individual collection sites for single stream recycling in office areas throughout the 280,000 sq. foot building. The collected materials are then sold to a recycling company. Additionally, employees who do not have access to curbside service at home are encouraged to bring these items to APH for recycling.

APH takes advantage of cost-free recycling programs to recycle printing supplies, including ink cartridges, machine parts, and even some machines.

Additional recycling efforts include donating scrap from building renovation and factory production to organizations that can use them so that the materials are diverted from landfills. For example, six pallets of concrete blocks that were removed during a renovation project were donated to Habitat Restore.

Last but not least, APH employees are hosting a shoe drive for Louisville-based WaterStep. WaterStep will sell the donated shoes to an exporter, which will serve two purposes; they will provide affordable footwear to people in the developing world which will protect against injuries and prevent parasites/mites from entering a person’s body through bare feet, AND it will keep the discarded shoes from going into landfills.

About APH

The American Printing House for the Blind, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is the world’s largest company devoted solely to researching, developing, and manufacturing products for people who are blind or visually impaired. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States. Under the 1879 federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind, APH is the official supplier of educational materials for visually impaired students in the U.S. who are working at less than college level.

APH manufactures textbooks and magazines in braille, large print, and digital formats. APH also manufactures hundreds of educational, recreational, and daily living products. APH’s fully-accessible web site ( features information about APH products and services, online ordering of products, and free information on a wide variety of blindness-related topics. One popular feature of the site is the Louis Database, a free tool to help locate accessible books available from organizations across the U.S.

The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. is located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, call (502) 895-2405 or log on to