IFB Beat – Week of July 17, 2023

A Message from the Editor

I’m so thankful for those of  you who take the time to share with me what is happening in your departments and teams so we can keep the whole organization in the know. Is there anything you’d like to see us share more about, or less? I would love to hear from you! Shoot me an email with your thoughts: apowell@ifbsolutions.org.

In this week’s issue:

  • Read about how the Supply Chain and Manufacturing Production teams are getting it done
  • We’re celebrating the 33rd year of the ADA! Have questions? The Beat has answers.
  • It’s time for summer camp: See What S.E.E. is Doing

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week!

Anastasia Powell

IFB Solutions Communications Manager

apowell@ifbsolutions.org | 336-245-5698

Quick Links:

New this Week

ISO 9001 Audit this Week in Winston and Asheville
Celebrating 33 Years of the ADA
What’s Happening on the Floor: Customer Thanks
See what S.E.E. is Doing
Adult Support Group Meetings
CLVC Item of the Week

From Our Community

Insider Corner

HR and Opportunities

Benefit of the Week
New Job Openings

Support Group Zoom Meeting Links


New this Week

This week: ISO 9001:2015 Surveillance Audit

It’s time for our annual ISO audit, which evaluates IFB Solutions’ adherence to standards. Maintaining ISO certification is a mandatory contractual requirement for all our military textile products.

Bill Tarazewski (Tara-Zooski) will be joining us again as our auditor. You may see him along with Melinda Noah, IFB Solutions Director of Corporate Quality, around the Winston-Salem (Monday and Tuesday) and Asheville (Thursday) manufacturing floors this week. As part of the audit process, auditors may stop to ask employees how their job contributes to or supports the Quality Policy and supports customer satisfaction.

As a reminder, our quality policy is as follows:

IFB Solutions’ team serves the mission of the organization through delivering on our promises to our stakeholders. We are committed to executing on our strategic plan, satisfying all applicable requirements, and driving continual improvement at all levels.

En español: El equipo de IFB Solutions sirve a la misión de la organización cumpliendo nuestras promesas a nuestros grupos de interés. Estamos comprometidos con la ejecución de nuestro plan estratégico, satisfaciendo todos los requerimientos aplicables e impulsando la mejora ontinua En todos los niveles.

Your answer should be in your own words, but to put it simply, we work hard to be sure what we do is correct every time; we work as a team to make Great Quality On Time and within budget; we work to be sure what we are making is per the customer requirements; and we want to always try to find ways to be better! If you have one of our Quality Policy Cards, you can pull it out show it to us.

Because of the hard work from manufacturing employees, supervisors, supply chain and so many others, we are well prepared for this audit. Thank you for all the work you are doing to support IFB Solutions and our military!


Celebrating 33 Years of the ADA

ADA 33 (1990-2023) Americans with Disabilities Act. Celebrate the ADA! July 26, 2023

In July we celebrate the 33rd year of the ADA! What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications. The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life.

In 2008, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) was signed into law and became effective on January 1, 2009. The ADAAA made a number of significant changes to the definition of “disability.” The changes in the definition of disability in the ADAAA apply to all titles of the ADA, including Title I (employment practices of private employers with 15 or more employees, state and local governments, employment agencies, labor unions, agents of the employer and joint management labor committees); Title II (programs and activities of state and local government entities); and Title III (private entities that are considered places of public accommodation).

More questions? Find your answers here: Frequently Asked Questions About the ADA


What’s Happening on the Floor: Customer Thanks!

image from gentex of their logo and examples of the helmets they sell

In the June 12 edition of the IFB Beat, we highlighted the on-time delivery performance of the Supply Chain and Manufacturing Production team. IFB’s diligence to improve on-time performance has not only been recognized internally but by our customers as well!

Gentex, one of our helmet pad customers states, “I want to thank you for your commitment to supplying high quality products to us in a timely manner. The supply chain has been particularly stressed over the last couple years but seems to be taking a turn for the better and we are looking forward to brighter days ahead.”

Thank you to the Supply Chain and Manufacturing Production teams who work hard every day to make sure the finished goods are on the shelves for the Clemmons Distribution Center to promptly ship to our customers. Your thoroughness, teamwork, and determination is the driving force behind IFB’s core value of Commitment to Excellence in action!


See what S.E.E. is Doing

Tanner and Molly standing in front of electric frying pans of stir fry.

S.E.E. Day Camp Winston picked fresh green beans from the schoolhouse garden, strung, and snapped them, washed them, put them with some chicken and frozen vegetables then served it over rice for a delicious stir fry lunch.


Adult Support Group Meetings:

  • Monday, July 17 AAA Committee meeting from 12:00-1:00 in TADS Room.
  • Tuesday, July 18 VIPS Club meeting from 12:00-1:00 in TADS Room.
  • Wednesday, July 19 Diabetic support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room.

Attention Assistive Technology Support Group members!

The Assistive Technology Support Group meeting scheduled for July 20 has been canceled. The meeting will resume at its regularly scheduled time in August. If you have any questions, contact Mike Mote at mmote@ifbsolutions.org or 336-245-5650.


CLVC Item of the Week:

Fosmon Wireless Remote Control Electrical Outlet Switch with Braille

Braille Wireless Outlet with a Wall Switch for $30.95

The Fosmon wireless switch allows you to easily upgrade your standard outlet to a remote-controlled outlet by plugging in the wireless outlet receiver to an existing wall outlet. With this remote light switch, you can control lights, electronics, or small appliances in hard-to-reach areas. You can also mount multiple wall switches to any convenient spot, and never worry about losing the remote controls.

The remote can work up to 80 feet in an open area. When used indoors, it is able to work through walls and furniture. The remote control can be hand-held or mounted on the wall as a wall switch, With the large decorator style switch and Braille markings.


From Our Community

Insider Corner

This section is edited by Faith Harding. Have something to share? Email Faith at fharding@ifbsolutions.org

Greetings Family!

Are you aware giving from your heart is one of the most valuable actions you can pursue. Whether it’s your time, knowledge, attention, or material objects to those less fortunate, donating these attributes are life changing. Yes, not only for the person or cause your contributing, but also for your well-being. How so? It produces immense joy within knowing your helping someone. When you’re worried about something in your life, taking a few moments to focus on someone else, provides the conscious distraction needed to relax towards the issue. This action clears your mind and opens it to various solutions. Donating material objects reduces clutter and provides fresh air to flow into the clear space. There’s a myriad of attributes you can only discover about yourself if you gifted your time to someone else or valuable cause.

It was once said by author, Leo Buscaglia “It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.”

One of IFB’s former family members is doing just that. Having faced drug and alcohol addictions earlier in her life, she was able to release the addictions through assisting others and without medical assistance. Remaining clean and healthy for the past twenty years, she continues to embrace joy by providing donations and recovery life plans for others through her 501C3 foundation My Daughters House Inc. Read her note below.

Have a wonderful week,




Welcome from My Daughter’s House Inc. Our organization is a 12 Month Relapse Prevention Program that addresses the issues that continue the desire of drugs/alcohol versus medicating the individual. Our mission is to help individuals create and follow through with accountability by creating a life plan to live truly clean and sober.
I know within my heart there are a lot of people with substance abuse that can benefit from our program. We need your assistance. We will be hosting an event on August 12th from 10:00 to 5:00 to provide goods for those in need. We would appreciate any of the following donations:
• Back packs
• School supplies
• Pencil, pens, folders etc.
• Personal Care items like deodorants, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.
• Baby diapers and wipes
• Nonperishable food

Call for pick up or drop off at our office:

8025 North Point Blvd
Suite 136
Winston-Salem NC 27106
(336) 837-9291

Monetary donations also accepted make checks payable to My Daughters House Inc or via cash app $joymintz.

With appreciation and gratitude,

Joyce Spencer Mintz, CEO/ President, My Daughter’s House Inc.


HR & Opportunities

Your Benefit of the Week

This section is a weekly feature supported by IFB Solutions Benefits Supervisor Ciara Frenette. Reach her at cfrenette@ifbsolutions.org.

IFB Solutions has teamed up with Healthgram to bring you solution for you healthcare needs. Healthgram Connect aligns you with a knowledgeable health advisor. Your advisor is supported by a team of medical and benefit experts. Call 866-904-9081 to talk to your advisor today.

Access to a free health Advisor

Your Advisor can help you find the right healthcare options for you and your family, make sense of the healthcare system and answer questions about benefits and billing. Call your Advisor when:

  • You have questions about your medical coverage or benefits
  • You are considering surgery or medical treatment
  • You are looking for a doctor or specialist
  • You need help estimating upcoming medical costs

New Job Announcements

For all current openings, visit https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs?clientkey=8B43E6E34C5D5C9AA3D07BB04DBEB909

Manufacturing Trainer – Winston-Salem – Sewing

Education and work experience:

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent required.
  • Minimum of 6 months industrial sewing experience utilizing a variety of machines required.
  • Previous training or customer service experience is a plus.
  • Bi-lingual is strongly preferred.

External candidates may apply at https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=67374&clientkey=8B43E6E34C5D5C9AA3D07BB04DBEB909

Internal candidates may apply at https://wwwpaycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=67375&clientkey=8B43E6E34C5D5C9AA3D07BB04DBEB909&jpt=ce8685cef740a6280b5fcb492b556fa5


For more information about any employment opportunities with IFB Solutions please contact Brent Burkholder at bburkholder@ifbsolutions.org or X5611.


Zoom Meeting Links

Adult Support Groups Zoom

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Assistive Technology Support Group Zoom


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