IFB Beat – Week of May 6, 2024

A Message from the Editor

Hello everyone! In this edition, we’re thrilled to present the new Benefits Administrator, celebrate the graduation of two new members from the JAWS Basic training class, and announce the Asheville Facility blood drive. Winston-Salem folks: don’t forget, there’s a May 7 general assembly coming up, so mark your calendars! And for those who enjoy riddles, here’s one to ponder: What disappears as soon as you say its name? Stroll the IFB Beat to uncover the answer.

Anastasia Powell

IFB Solutions Communications Manager

apowell@ifbsolutions.org | 336-245-5698

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New this Week

Welcome to Tammy Powers, IFB Benefits Administrator!
Congratulations to Employees Completing Basic JAWS Training
Reminder: General Assembly – Winston-Salem Facility Tuesday, May 7 at 11:00am
Asheville Facility Red Cross Blood Drive Wednesday, May 15
Mattress and Pinnacle Mercantile Department Relocation
Adult Support Group Meetings
CLVC Item of the Week

From Our Community

Insider Corner

HR and Opportunities

New Job Openings

Support Group Zoom Meeting Links


Welcome to Tammy Powers, IFB Benefits Administrator!

Headshot for Tammy Powers

With over a decade of experience in Benefits with Truist, Tammy brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role under the guidance of supervisor Luyann Ledesma. Beyond her professional endeavors, Tammy finds joy in outdoor activities like hiking and tennis. Married and a proud parent and grandparent, Tammy’s warmth and dedication will surely enhance our team. Let’s extend a warm welcome to Tammy in the upcoming weeks.


Congratulations to Employees Completing Basic JAWS Training

Mike Mote and Kim Shoffner, JAWS trainers, extend their congratulations to the latest graduates. Jackie Perrea and Colin Shouse have successfully completed the Basic JAWS training, Kudos to their commendable hard work and dedication to practice.


Reminder: General Assembly – Winston-Salem Facility Tuesday, May 7 at 11:00am

There will be a General Assembly meeting held on the manufacturing floor on Tuesday, May 7 at 11:00am. We’re looking forward to presenting employee of the month awards for February, March, and April as well as recognizing employees’ years of service and remarks from Dan Kelly, President and CEO.

Supervisors, please be sure to shut down all equipment, fans and other things that contribute to noise on the manufacturing floor promptly at 11:00am. If your workspace is not close to the central offices (outside Pedro Rojas and Edward Sykes’ doors), please move closer to ensure you can hear. Any office administration working in the building on May 7, your presence will be appreciated.


Asheville Facility Red Cross Blood Drive Wednesday, May 15

Donate “The Gift of Life” on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Your donations assist with heart surgeries, revitalizing accident victims, organ transplant recipients, and patients needing lifesaving procedures. So, will you raise your sleeve and help someone have a second chance in life?
If interested contact Melissa Berryhill to set up an appointment to donate.


Mattress and Pinnacle Mercantile Department Relocation

The Mattress and Pinnacle Mercantile departments have relocated to our Clemmons, NC Facility. This strategic move aims to enhance operational efficiency by centralizing both production and distribution processes. As raw materials are readily available at Clemmons, this transition enables seamless manufacturing and shipping operations. This move is not permanent; our current lease on the Clemmons Facility ends December 2025, and IFB leadership is actively working on consolidating all business lines and warehouse functions into the Winston-Salem Facility prior to that time. We appreciate your adaptability during this transition period.


The IFB Beat Riddle:

Thanks for strolling – you found the answer!

Question: What disappears as soon as you say its name?
Answer: Silence.


Adult Support Group Meetings:

  • Monday, May 6 AAA Committee meeting from 12:00-1:00 in TADS Room.

CLVC Item of the Week:

Boil control disc

Boil Control Disc for $3.95

Boil Control Disc – This is the ultimate cooking helper for your household chef! If you love to cook and hate messes, the Boil Control Disc is a cooking accessory that will prevent boil overs. Simply place the Boil Over Disc in your pot and this handy cooking tool prevents boil-overs of spaghetti, rice, milk, sauce, etc.

If you have questions or are interested in any of the weekly items, please contact your local CLVC for assistance.


From Our Community

Insider Corner

11,000 Movies and Counting: submitted by The American Council of the Blind

In September 2023, the American Council of the Blind Audio Description Project’s catalog of films and series with audio description reached a milestone: 10,000 titles. Movies have been around for more than a century, so it was a pretty long wait to get to that number. But now, just seven months later, another thousand titles have been added, and there are more than 11,000 audio described films and series! Visit https://adp.acb.org/ to browse the catalog.

Total Eclipse of the Sun Podcast: submitted by The American Council of the Blind

The American Council of the Blind and ACB Media warmly thank Allyson Bieryla, Science Center Astronomy Lab and Telescope Manager, Harvard University Astronomer at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and her team at Harvard as well as the network of volunteers who brought us a once-in-a-lifetime experience of the April 8th total eclipse of the sun utilizing the LightSound device.
The entire event as it was broadcast on ACB Media 2 and Zoom is now available as a podcast in the ACB Events podcast feed (RSS https://pinecast.com/feed/acb-events) .

You can access this podcast directly at:

Play / Download Total Eclipse broadcast

You can also access this podcast with ACB Link and the ACB Media website:

Total Eclipse broadcast acbmedia.org

This event drew the largest audience in the history of ACB Media/Radio since the eclipse of 2017 which was audio described on ACB Radio by the ADP Project.


HR & Opportunities

New Job Announcements

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

Quality Auditor – Winston-Salem

Education and work experience:

  • High School graduate or equivalent
  • 1-3 years previous Quality Inspection experience preferred

External candidates may apply at https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=88919&clientkey=8B43E6E34C5D5C9AA3D07BB04DBEB909

Internal candidates may apply at https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=88920&clientkey=8B43E6E34C5D5C9AA3D07BB04DBEB909&jpt=ce8685cef740a6280b5fcb492b556fa5

For more information, please contact a member of the recruitment team at careers@ifbsolutions.org.


Zoom Meeting Links

Adult Support Groups Zoom

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