A recent story on Inside INdiana Business, tells the story of Capeable, a business begun by Marna Pacheco and Susan Hickok. (Marna and her husband, Dan, are members of the Winona Lake, Ind., Grace Brethren Church.) A portion of the story appears below. Click here for the complete story.
Child Inspires Weighted Quilt Line
FORT WAYNE – A line of specialty scarves, blankets and covers designed to relieve stress and provide calm, especially for people with special needs, is continuing to gain momentum. CapeAble Sensory Products, which are being produced on a large scale by Fort Wayne-based Excellon Technologies Inc., are therapeutic, weighted quilts in various sizes. The line was invented and developed by two Fort Wayne-area mothers, who were inspired by a daughter with special needs. Excellon has pumped more than $2 million into manufacturing CapeAble products, an investment that could lead to over 400 jobs. During an interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, co-founder Marna Pacheco explains how CapeAble was born.
Excellon Technologies is known for supplying components to the automotive and aerospace industries. It is currently hiring seamstresses, tailors and support personnel. It expects to fill the hundreds of new positions by 2018.
Pacheco says CapeAble quilts come in sizes that fit all ages and can help reduce stress and anxiety symptoms brought on by conditions including Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Down syndrome and Parkinson’s Disease. She says the effects on well-being are currently being tested at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Florida.
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Marna and Susan were also interviewed on Friday, November 13, on WBCL, a radio station in Fort Wayne, Ind. Click here to hear that interview.