Registration now open for Santa’s Showdown 5k run

Dawson Hart, a veteran who lost most of his eyesight while on duty in Iraq, is IFB Solutions’ honorary chairman of the inaugural Santa’s Showdown 5k run on Dec. 14 in Asheville. Hart is a long-time running enthusiast even after losing part of his leg a few years ago. He’ll run the race wearing a prosthetic that enables him to maintain a training regimen and races provide extra motivation.

Learn more about Dawson’s story here.

Our view: Sad loss for IFB workers

In IFB’s continuing attempt to retain three important government contracts that employ some 137 local workers, the latest federal court ruling, on Sept. 4, is a definite setback. As a result, one contract has been terminated, costing 47 local workers their jobs.

The decision also bodes ill for the two remaining contracts, employing 90 additional workers, which are set to expire on Sept. 30 and Oct. 31.

Read the full opinion piece here.

Employer of blind North Carolinians loses first VA contract

The nation’s largest employer of the blind hasn’t decided which employees will lose their jobs, but 47 people will go in the first round of cuts.

After a federal court ruling downgraded the preferential status of nonprofit employers of the blind and disabled, IFB Solutions lost its first contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs to a veteran-owned small business.

Read the full story here.

Job Cuts Begin in IFB Solutions’ Optical Lab, Company Wants US Supreme Court to Hear Case

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — IFB Solutions has filed for its case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. This comes after the Department of Veteran Affairs ended its remaining two contracts that affects 90 additional jobs in the optical lab.

Those contracts are set to end September 30 and October 31. The first contract supporting 47 jobs transitioned to another company late last week following a court decision denying IFB’s request for a stay.

Watch the full story here.

IFB Solutions Files Petition With Supreme Court In Effort To Save Jobs

A local nonprofit that provides employment and training for people who are blind or visually impaired is fighting to keep jobs. IFB Solutions is set to lose over 100 positions after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced it would end three optical contracts with the agency.

The company has made eyeglasses for the VA for the past two decades.

But a court ruling in 2018 sided with small veteran-owned businesses over AbilityOne nonprofits that employ those who are blind or have significant disabilities when it comes to VA contracts.

Read the whole story here.