News Releases

  • IFB Solutions Executive Chairman Dan Boucher Receives National Award for Nearly 50 Years of Service

    Dan Boucher, who retired earlier this year as executive chairman of IFB Solutions, received the 2017 Robert B. Irwin Award from National Industries for the Blind (NIB) in recognition of his nearly 50 years of service creating employment opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired. The award is the highest honor given by …

    12/06/17
  • Luxexcel and IFB Solutions sign contract for the first ophthalmic 3D print platform

    TURNHOUT (BELGIUM)- September 6th , 2017 – Luxexcel and IFB Solutions announce that the organizations have signed a contract for the first 3D print platform for ophthalmic lenses. The platform will be integrated into IFB’s optical operations in Winston-Salem, N.C. which is one of the top 10 independent labs in the country. The Luxexcel platform …

    09/07/17
  • WNC Wheels, Asheville Outlets partner to host June 11 car, truck, and motorcycle show

    Asheville IFB Solutions trainer Tammy Watson was in a meeting at IFB Solutions (formerly IFB Asheville) when discussions began about helping fund a walking trail adjacent to the building for employees who are blind or visually impaired. Those discussions sparked an idea. Watson works with many IFB Solutions employees who are blind, teaching them to …

    06/05/17
  • IFB Solutions Names Employees and Volunteers of the Year, Recognizes Years of Service

    IFB Solutions recently honored its employees and volunteers for their commitment to helping IFB provide jobs, training and services for people who are blind or visually impaired. IFB Solutions, a nonprofit corporation with manufacturing facilities in Winston-Salem, Asheville and Little Rock, Ark., is the nation’s largest employer of people who are blind or visually impaired. …

    06/01/17
  • Runners and Volunteers Wanted for 5th Annual A Brighter Path 10K/5K Race

    Pre-race festivities and packet pick-up on June 16 include fun activities for the entire family at the Foothills Brewery Tasting Room. Runners, walkers and volunteers are encouraged to mark their calendars for the 5th annual A Brighter Path Race on Saturday, June 17 with 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run distances.  The event is hosted …

    06/01/17
  • IFB Solutions to Host Little Rock On The Links Golf Tournament

    IFB Solutions, formerly Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind, will host its annual Little Rock On The Links Golf Tournament on Monday, May 8 at Pleasant Valley Country Club. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser will support IFB’s programs and services for people who are blind or visually impaired. The tournament will be formatted as a four-person …

    04/14/17
  • IFB Solutions Earns Employment Growth Award from the National Industries for the Blind

    IFB Solutions, formerly Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind, was recently honored with a 2016 Employment Growth Award for its efforts to increase employment retention, growth, and upward mobility for people who are blind. Presented by National Industries for the Blind (NIB), this award recognizes IFB’s commitment to increasing employment and economic opportunities for people who …

    03/06/17
  • IFB Solutions Announces Promotions in Operations, Human Resources, Retail Stores and Optical

    IFB Solutions, formerly Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind, announces promotions across several of its business areas. Ken Edwards has been promoted to Vice President of Integrated Supply & Logistics. He oversees all functions of IFB’s supply chain management. Edwards joined IFB Solutions in 2014 as Senior Director of Consolidated Supply. A Greensboro native, Edwards is …

    02/15/17
  • IFB Solutions Foundation Receives Reynolds American Foundation Grant for SEE Afterschool Program

    IFB Solutions Foundation, the supporting fundraising arm for IFB Solutions, received a grant from the Reynolds American Foundation for its Student Enrichment Experience (SEE) Afterschool Program. The grant of $47,000 will be used to fund specially-trained teaching instructors for the year-round program that works with area K-12 students who are blind or visually impaired. The …

    02/10/17
  • IFB Successfully Intervenes to Support the U.S. Government in Preserving Jobs for People who are Blind

    Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind (IFB) successfully filed a motion to intervene in support of the U.S. Government, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the AbilityOne Program in response to a complaint filed by a veteran-owned business regarding IFB’s contracts to supply eyeglasses made by people who are blind to VA facilities in five …

    08/31/16
  • Two Winston-Salem Executives Named to Leadership Roles for N.C. State Commission for the Blind

    David Barnwell, president of A Brighter Path Foundation, and David Horton, president/CEO of Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind (IFB), were recently elected to leadership roles for the N.C. State Commission for the Blind. Barnwell will serve as the commission’s chairman, and Horton will serve as vice chairman. Members of the commission are appointed by the …

    08/19/16
  • IFB Names Employees and Volunteers of the Year, Recognizes Years of Service

    Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind (IFB) recently honored its employees and volunteers for their commitment to helping IFB provide jobs, training and services for people who are blind or visually impaired. In addition to recognizing five individuals with organization-wide awards, IFB celebrated numerous service milestones. Twenty-seven employees received service awards for 15, 20 and 25 …

    06/09/16
  • Local Schoolchildren Have New Bus Transportation to Tracy’s Little Red Schoolhouse at IFB

    Funding For New Buses Provided by Miracles In Sight Eye Bank. In 2012, Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind opened Tracy’s Little Red Schoolhouse as a unique after-school and summer camp resource for children who are blind or visually impaired. Nearly 100 local children in grades K-12 are visually impaired, but regular school bus routes can …

    02/14/16
  • IFB Announces Kick-Off for National “Blind Idol” Singing Competition

    Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind (IFB) is looking for this country’s best singers who also happen to be legally blind to participate in the second annual A Brighter Path Blind Idol singing competition. Interested singers can visit www.blindidol.com for competition details, and the deadline for submissions is March 15, 2016. The 2016 Blind Idol singing …

    02/11/16
  • IFB Opens Base Supply Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Creating New Jobs for People who are Blind

    With the recent opening of its 21st AbilityOne Base Supply Center (BSC) at Tyndall Air Force Base outside Panama City, Florida, Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind (IFB) creates new jobs for people who are blind or visually impaired. The new store, which officially opened Jan. 13, will employ two people who are blind or visually …

    01/27/16