The National Insurance Institute is spending NIS 2 million to renovate and equip a factory that employs 250 mentally handicapped people in the central Hadar neighborhood of Haifa, reports Yediot Haifa. The investment will enable the Ofek Industries factory to hire more employees and to upgrade its equipment. According to the report, the factory manufactures goods for the Israel Defense Forces, and last year produced items worth NIS 4 million. An NII social worker said the mentally handicapped employees were "quiet people, who if given the chance can blend into society and even contribute much more than people know." Most of the employees live independently in areas near the factory.