When Ted Rios turned 50 recently, his co-workers threw him a surprise party at a bar near their Borough Park office.
“It was amazing! They told me how much they appreciate me and what I do,” says the sales manager at Alphapointe, a 106-year-old company that facilitates manufacturing, third-party product assembly, warehousing and product fulfillment for city and state agencies.
Sure, it sounds like a typical celebration for social New Yorkers, but there’s an additional detail.Rios, from Bensonhurst, initially started working there 13 years ago as a machine operator and is legally blind, having been born with a visual impairment. He and 129 blind and 100 sighted employees comprise the workforce he refers to “as family.”
Damian Martin, an Alphapointe production supervisor from Bay Ridge, manages 40 direct reports.
Legally blind his entire life, Martin ensures orders are filled on a timely basis. He vividly recalls getting trained by his supervisor nine years ago …