Belfast Mini Mills finds new U.S. market
Workplace for people with special needs buying $100K mini mill
Denise and Mark Vinciguerra run St. Isidore Farms in Michigan. The farm provides meaningful employment for adults with special needs. It has a vegetable garden, horses and alpacas.
The mill will let them turn alpaca fleece into yarn. That will either be made into things like scarves, or sold to retailers.
Fights high unemployment rate
Mark Vinciguerra says the unemployment rate for special needs people is up to 90 per cent in Michigan. He and his wife's daughter Renee has special needs and they started the farm for her seven years ago.
"It gives our special population that sense of accomplishment," her husband added.
Mills in northern Scotland and Libya
It's the first time Belfast Mini Mills owner Doug Nobles has built a mill for people with special needs, but he's no stranger to international dealings.
The family-run business, which employs 20 people, has mills in 30 countries. That includes remote locations like North Ronaldsay in Scotland's Orkney Islands, Libya and across South America.
The St. Isidore mill will get extra safety features and Nobles will travel to Michigan to help get the mill running.