A Charitable Lighthouse

Researching manufacturers and the brands and products they offer is just part of normal operations at SkyGeek. But every once in a while we come across a company that deserves a little more attention.

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Lighthouse for the Blind’s logo. A true vision of charity.

Lighthouse for the Blind (LBH Industries) is one such company.

LHB specializes in producing things such as liquid and office cleaners, repellents, medical products and more. They also manufacture paintings and coatings, such as ECO Sure and So Sure. In examining our Skilcraft line of enamels we found it is a brand that belongs to LBH.

What sets LBH apart from many manufacturers is their business is driven by helping the disabled. The company’s mission is simply this: “To assist individuals who are legally blind maintain dignity and independence by making available employment, education and support services.”

In other words, they are—in a sense—a charity-driven business. That’s just plain cool.

LBH is located in St. Louis and, based on their willingness to create a sustainable quality of life for the blind, they definitely live up to being located in the Heartland. It tugs at the heartstrings to see opportunity provided to those often overlooked in the workforce.

Their corporate video explains perfectly who they are and what they stand for:

As the video says, they produce for many private industries as well as for the government. But it’s their public service particularly to the blind that serves as an exemplar. Low absenteeism and little turnover? That kind of a workforce would benefit any economy.

I am rather impressed by the extent to which the company’s outreach programs support their local community. It’s not as common to find this kind of altruistic behavior in business as one would think. Sure many businesses give to charity. But somehow this goes beyond a simple donation: employing those that may otherwise be ostracized or denied the chance to be productive members of society is to be commended. And their extensive outreach programs only prove the commitment to their overall mission.

Lighthouse for the Blind, SkyGeek takes off its propeller hat and salutes you. Keep shining that beacon of hope for those less fortunate.

In the meantime, this writer is so impressed that he will be sending a donation. Is that something you, the reader, would like to do as well? If you can see the sense in being charitable, go ahead, Make A Donation.

What is a CAGE Code?

Surprise! We have yet another acronym to throw your way.

Okay, so this one may not affect the average customer, but if you are in any way associated with the U.S. government you may find this of interest (and really, who isn’t affected by the government?).

Quite simply, CAGE stands for “Commercial and Government Entity.” This code has a five(5)-digit, alphanumeric composition and serves as a “unique identifier for entities doing or wishing to do business with the Federal Government. The format and character position of the code vary based on country.”

CAGE codes are related to two others, NAICS and DUNS. The DUNS, or Data Universal Numbering System, is required to register with the System for Award Management (SAM) and is one method of receiving a CAGE code. In order to better understand their importance, consider this analogy: “These ID codes are to government contractors what Social Security numbers are to individuals.” For more information on these codes, check out Onvia’s page dedicated to them.

Small businesses doing business with government agencies, such as the Department of Defense, are required to acquire one. Since SkyGeek does have government contracts we do have a CAGE code.

Does anyone out there know our CAGE Code? If you have well-sharpened investigative skills you have no doubt located it on our About Us page.

So what or who is responsible for supplying suppliers with a CAGE code? America’s combat logistics support agency – the Defense Logistics Information Agency (DLA) .

For an extensive discussion on the subject, read the DLA’s CAGE code FAQ.

Well, that’s it for now. Until any further changes or pertinent information is found, consider this CAGE closed.

Lucky Landing?

It looks like luck came just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

One of our SkyGeek sleuths (who wishes to remain anonymous) sent us word of this freakish form of fortune.

John Frost, a 49-year-old skydiver, was hit by a Cessna at a small runway in Tampa, Florida. The plane was piloted by 87-year-old Shannon Trembly. Photographer Tim Telford captured the collision. Miraculously both Frost and Trembly not only survived but managed to sustain only minor injuries.

Here’s a video clip from NBC News reporting on the incident:

Ironically this incident occurred around March 8th, the designated date for Safety Day sponsored by the USPA (United States Parachute Association).

Thankfully no one got seriously hurt. If anything this kind of fortune is a reminder that grounds us in reality—as long as a person is in the air there is always the danger of falling in an unintended way or crashing into others that aspire to fly as well.

We can’t stress this enough: STAY SAFE OUT THERE!

Remember, you don’t need the luck of the Irish to obtain this. All you need is precaution, alertness, and preparation…And perhaps the right supplies. (Hey, that’s a part of preparation, right?)

What is RoHS?

Pop quiz: What is RoHS? Anyone? Anyone?

Not knowing can leave you zapped of intellectual self-esteem.

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An example of RoHS found on a SkyGeek product page. Sometimes it is found in a chart, sometimes in a bulleted list. Either way, the information should be there.

As spring approaches, more natural light awaits. But your aircraft will always need lamps and bulbs. Hey, regulations are regulations.

RoHS is one of what seems like a billion acronyms associated with aviation. It stands for “Restriction of Use of Hazardous Substances.” It’s a directive. Anyone in the military should know about directives. An average Joe should understand that directives are set(s) of instructions handed out by an authority. If you have a boss, then you know the basic directive: Do your work as best as you can.

This directive, however, relates to the dangers of certain hazardous substances. Wait, “hazardous?” Oh boy, ANOTHER article about hazmat? No, not really.

Rather than include these substances, a product with a “RoHS: Yes” does NOT include a list of items. A common misconception is that this only refers to being lead-free. However there are other substances that are excluded from the manufacture of a product when in accordance to RoHS.

A representative from 3M’s European branch of operations succinctly explains what RoHS means:

Basically the 3M representative runs through the RoHS Compliance Defintion (he seems to be reading off a cue card).

So next time you are searching for light bulbs or electronic equipment and you come across a product that is RoHS compliant, just know that it is safer than in years and decades past.