Since 1936, the core of LCI has always been manufacturing, but through the years this non-profit corporation has continued to grow and evolve into a multi-faceted entity. Today, LCI business capabilities range from Manufacturing and Distribution to Retail and E-Commerce. Headquartered in Durham, NC, LCI operates two distribution centers, four e-commerce websites, six manufacturing facilities and over 35 retail stores on military bases across the United States.
Operating under the auspices of the AbilityOne program, LCI (an NIB-affiliate) has grown and diversified for over 75 years to become one of the largest employers of people who are blind in the United States. Through the AbilityOne program, LCI has maintained a longstanding, mutually-beneficial relationship with the federal government. By manufacturing over 400 products on the federal procurement list, LCI provides legally blind individuals with meaningful employment opportunities.
In addition, LCI philanthropy helps prevent future generations of blindness. LCI financial support of the Duke University Eye Center helps them conduct vital research to eradicate diseases and conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. At LCI, our underlying passion is to restore sight to people who are blind.