Painting assistant Daniel Haistings (left), a deaf employee at Valence Surface Technologies in Everett, laughs with painter trainer Robert Quinones using American Sign Language. Haistings is one of 10 deaf and hard-of-hearing employees at Valence. Quinones is hearing and knows sign language because his brother is deaf. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Painting assistant Daniel Haistings (left), a deaf employee at Valence Surface Technologies in Everett, laughs with painter trainer Robert Quinones using American Sign Language. Haistings is one of 10 deaf and hard-of-hearing employees at Valence. Quinones is hearing and knows sign language because his brother is deaf. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

On this noisy factory floor, deaf workers fit right in

Employees at Valence in Everett are learning sign language from their deaf co-workers.

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