Little Rock Community Low Vision Center providing help, hope for the blind and visually impaired

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — For anyone working at IFB Solutions, it’s a fast paced workplace with a lot of moving pieces. For anyone working there with a vision impairment, it requires a skillful level of focus and drive. Keundra Williams has taken on that challenge for over 35 years. She’s a machine operator for their paper division.

Learn more about IFB Solutions and our Arkansas Community Low Vision Center here.

Triad Business Journal’s People on the Move: Vasudha Rangapathy

Triad Business Journal honors Vasudha Rangapathy’s recent promotion to Vice President for IT & E-Commerce at IFB Solutions:

Vasudha ensures IFB Solutions, the largest employer of people who are blind in the U.S., resources its IT services appropriately to automate and innovate. She manages, IFB’s e-commerce resource for its Base Supply Center business serving as a point of sale for products manufactured, assembled and packaged by people who are blind or have other disabilities. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, IFB provides employment, training, and services for people who are blind or visually impaired.

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U.S. House passes bill that helps to protect blind workers

Some blind workers hope to recover their jobs in Winston-Salem.

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed House Resolution 4920 Monday, Dec. 16, when it moved to undo the damage it dealt to IFB Solutions, the largest employer of the blind. The bill would shield IFB solutions from Veterans First legislation, which required Veterans Affairs to rank veteran-owned businesses above AbilityOne nonprofits that employ the blind and disabled.

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Walker Supports Job Protections for Veterans and North Carolinians with Disabilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) released the following statement after the House passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Contracting Preference Consistency Act:

“We are thankful for the passage of the Department of Veterans Affairs Contracting Preference Consistency Act. The bi-partisan legislation keeps North Carolinians employed, restores VA contracts for IFB Solutions and National Industries for the Blind and protects jobs for people who are blind and veterans employed by AbilityOne agencies. This summer, we saw firsthand at Industries of the Blind Greensboro just how valuable these partnerships are. We are grateful that they will continue.”

Read more about Mark Walker’s involvement with this bill here.

U.S. House clears bill that would restore two expired IFB Solutions federal optical contracts

A bill that could restore two expired IFB Solutions Inc. federal contracts cleared the U.S. House on Monday.

If the bipartisan bill passes the U.S. Senate and is signed into law by President Donald Trump, it is possible that IFB could rehire about 90 of the 137 IFB employees who lost their jobs when the contracts originally ended.

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VA Contracts Could Come Back To IFB Solutions

WINSTON-SALAM, N.C. – Months after IFB Solutions lost three key contracts with the Department of Veterans Affairs, two of them could be coming back to Winston-Salem.

  • IFB Solutions lost three VA contracts this year
  • Two contracts could be returning to IFB
  • Losing the contracts caused massive layoffs

“It was a devastating impact to our employees. We had 137 people working in our optical lab, and over the period of three weeks we went to 38 people working on our contracts,” IFB Solutions Executive Vice President Dan Kelly said.

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