Industries for the Blind: Their Vision is Working

When SustainU started the search for reliable and trustworthy factories to make our clothes, we had no idea what awaited us.  Last year Steve Miller, our VP of Inventory and Distribution, had a chance encounter at a fishing store with a man who used to work at Industries for the Blind (IFB).  Intrigued by the man’s description of an entire factory of skilled textile workers who were also blind, Steve and SustainU’s VP of Production, Pat Adrian, had to see for themselves what IFB was all about.  They were so impressed by every facet of the operation that they urged our company’s founder, Chris Yura, to look into the possibility of working with IFB.  Chris researched the company, went to check it out for himself, and easily made a decision that SustainU had to be part of what IFB is doing.  Not only on a technical and personal level are the people at IFB of the highest quality, but their values of people, community and planet preservation meshed so well with ours that it just made sense. 

IFB is an associated agency with National Industries for the Blind (NIB). IFB produces Skilcraft products and abides by the standards of AbilityOne, which seeks to provide employment opportunities for the blind and those who are significantly disabled.

The National Industries for the Blind (NIB) is a private, not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to enhance the opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining and improving employment. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, NIB accomplishes its mission by developing business opportunities in the federal, state, and commercial marketplaces for 83 associated agencies operating 123 industries in 44 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The main factory that SustainU works with is the IFB in Winston-Salem, the country’s largest employer of people who are blind or visually impaired.

At SustainU, we are focused on changing the way clothes are made to improve the environment, reinvigorate America’s manufacturing sector, and educate the world about how clothing can positively impact people’s lives. We are proud to partner with such a reputable organization that creates jobs in America, cares about quality products, and values people on a core level.

To read more on the IFB’s services, job opportunities, and ways to donate toward their cause, go to www.wsifb.com.