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.
CapeAble has recently opened a showroom at the Excellon facility that Pacheco says is more like a "retail experience room" that allows customers to try the products in a relaxed environment.
You can connect to more about CapeAble through their Facebook page and see a video testimonial about the product’s affect on Pacheco’s daughter here: