News Releases

  • LONG-TIME IFB SOLUTIONS CEO DAVID HORTON ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT AT END OF 2022

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Nicole Ducouer, IFB Solutions nducouer@ifbsolutions.org or 304-685-2393   WINSTON-SALEM, NC (Sept. 16, 2021) – IFB Solutions, a non-profit organization based in Winston-Salem and the largest employer of people who are blind or visually impaired in the country, announced today that its long-time CEO David Horton will retire effective December 31, …

    09/16/21
  • WISE EYES FAMILY EYE CARE NOW OPEN IN WINSTON-SALEM, PARTNERING WITH TWENTY200 EYEWEAR TO HELP GROW JOBS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND

      For Immediate Release Media Contact: Nicole Ducouer nducouer@ifbsolutions.org WINSTON-SALEM, NC (August 24, 2021) – Wise Eyes Family Eye Care is now open at 631 Coliseum Drive in Winston-Salem with a special connection to its next-door neighbor Twenty200 Eyewear operated by local nonprofit IFB Solutions. IFB Solutions is the largest employer of people who are …

    08/23/21
  • IFB Solutions Names Milliken & Company Partner of the Year

    For Immediate Release Media Contact: Nicole Ducouer nducouer@ifbsolutions.org IFB Solutions Names Milliken & Company Partner of the Year SPARTANBURG, SC (June 15, 2021)—Milliken & Company has been named Partner of the Year by IFB Solutions. In its 15th year, the prestigious award is given to the partner who has stood out as an organization that …

    06/16/21
  • IFB Solutions honors Employees of the Year, Mark Doughton, Charlie Pine and Milliken and Company for Contributions to Non-Profit’s Success

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Nicole Ducouer nducouer@ifbsolutions.org, M 304-685-2393 Winston-Salem, NC (May 25, 2021)—IFB Solutions, the largest employer of people who are blind in the U.S., recently recognized its Employees of the Year, partners and volunteers who play a vital role in the nonprofit’s mission of employment, training, and services. Diana Soto of Winston-Salem named …

    05/26/21
  • IFB Solutions One of Two Winston-Salem Companies to Win BBB Ethics Award

    IFB Solutions One of Two Winston-Salem Companies to Win BBB Ethics Award Media contact: Nicole Ducouer nducouer@ifbsolutions.org May 18, 2021 – Greensboro, NC – Better Business Bureau (BBB) congratulates two Winston-Salem businesses for winning a 2021 Torch Awards for Ethics: – IFB Solutions – Winston-Salem – Frank Myers Auto Maxx – Winston-Salem The Torch Awards …

    05/20/21
  • Diana Soto Named IFB Solutions 2021 Overall Employee of the Year

    Diana Soto named IFB Solutions 2021 Overall Employee of the Year Contact: Melissa Stanz, Two B Public Relations, melissa@twobpr.com, 828.768.1202 WINSTON-SALEM, NC (April 23, 2021) – Diana Soto, who moved to Winston-Salem from Puerto Rico with her husband Kelvin, is the 2021 IFB Solutions Overall Employee of the Year. This award goes to a blind …

    04/22/21
  • IFB Solutions Appoints Russ Stinehour to Advisory Board

    Russ Stinehour  Appointed Chair of IFB Solutions Asheville Advisory Board Contact: Melissa Stanz, melissa@twobpr.com, 828-768-1202 Asheville, NC (Oct. 28th, 2020) – Local nonprofit IFB Solutions recently named Russ Stinehour, COO of Sciolytix and former CEO of DigitalChalk, as Chair of its Asheville Advisory Board. As Board Chair, Stinehour advocates for and helps increase awareness of …

    10/28/20
  • IFB Solutions Earns 14th National Employment Growth Award

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                       Contact: Nicole Ducouer nducouer@ifbsolutions.org, M (304) 685-2393 IFB Solutions EARNS 14TH NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT GROWTH AWARD WINSTON-SALEM, NC (Oct. 14, 2020) – Local nonprofit IFB Solutions was honored with the 2019 Employment Growth Award for its efforts to increase employment retention, growth and …

    10/13/20
  • IFB Solutions Receives $50,000 Grant from The Cannon Foundation

    As the largest employer of people who are blind or visually impaired in the country, IFB Solutions understands the vital importance of consistent and safe lighting for its employees. A grant from The Cannon Foundation, based in Concord, N.C., is making this possible with a $50,000 grant to convert IFB’s manufacturing facilities in Winston-Salem and …

    09/02/20
  • IFB Solutions Leadership Team Helps With Employee’s Wall Build

    Leaders at IFB Solutions are showing their support for IFB employee Alanna Richardson and her husband by helping provide some “sweat equity” hours during her home’s wall build. Working at a social distance at Habitat’s Construction Technology Center, the team will help construct the walls that will later be transported to the Richardson home site. …

    09/02/20
  • IFB Solutions honors Employees of the Year, City of Winston-Salem, Allegacy Federal Credit Union and DC Holdings for Contributions to Non-Profit’s Success

    WINSTON-SALEM, NC (July 22, 2020) – IFB Solutions, the largest employer of people who are blind or visually impaired in the country, recently recognized its Employees of the Year, volunteers and partners who continue to play such vital roles in the non-profit’s mission of employment, training and services. IFB operates manufacturing facilities in Winston-Salem, Asheville …

    08/07/20
  • In Honor of Military Appreciation Month, IFB Solutions Donates 500 Masks to Kernersville VA Clinic

    Nonprofit is donating masks made by people who are blind to VA hospitals in each community where it has facilities Contact Nicole Ducouer, IFB Solutions Director of Corporate Communications (304) 685-2393 | nducouer@ifbsolutions.org Dropbox link for photos and b-roll here. WINSTON-SALEM, NC (May 21, 2020) – Recognizing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on local …

    05/21/20
  • IFB SOLUTIONS NOW SELLING MASKS TO THE PUBLIC, EACH SALE HELPS CREATE JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND

    Mask will be sold on bscsource.com in packs of 50 for $149.49 Contact Nicole Ducouer, IFB Solutions Director of Corporate Communications (304) 685-2393 | nducouer@ifbsolutions.org Dropbox link for photos and b-roll here. WINSTON-SALEM, NC (May 14, 2020) – Local nonprofit IFB Solutions, the largest employer of people who are blind or visually impaired in the …

    05/14/20
  • IFB SOLUTIONS TO MAKE 10,000 MASKS FOR U.S. AIR FORCE

    Nonprofit leverages textile operations and its experienced sewing operators to ramp up production Contact Nicole Ducouer, IFB Solutions Director of Corporate Communications (304) 685-2393 | nducouer@ifbsolutions.org Dropbox link for photos and b-roll here. WINSTON-SALEM, NC (May 4, 2020) – Local nonprofit IFB Solutions, the largest employer of people who are blind or visually impaired in …

    05/04/20
  • IFB Solutions Opens Twenty200 Eyewear Store Creating Opportunities For People who are Blind

    Contact Nicole Ducouer, IFB Solutions Director of Corporate Communications (304) 685-2393 | nducouer@ifbsolutions.org WINSTON-SALEM, NC (March 5, 2020) – IFB Solutions, a non-profit organization based in WinstonSalem and the largest employer of people who are blind or visually impaired in the country, has opened its Twenty200 Eyewear optical store at 631 Coliseum Drive NW in …

    03/05/20
  • U.S. House of Representatives Passes Legislation to Re-Open Path to Employment for People who are Blind

    Contact Nicole Ducouer, IFB Solutions Director of Corporate Communications (304) 685-2393 | nducouer@ifbsolutions.org WINSTON-SALEM, NC (Dec. 17, 2019) – Late Monday afternoon the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4920, the Dept. of Veterans Affairs Contracting Preference Consistency Act, which grandfathers in VA contracts that predate the Veterans Benefits Act of 2006 to restore eligibility …

    12/17/19
  • IFB Solutions loses 47 jobs as VA ends optical contract, announces filing for case to be heard by U.S. Supreme Court

    Contact Seth Anderson, IFB Solutions Director of Marketing 336-908-0925 | sanderson@ifbsolutions.org WINSTON-SALEM, NC (Sept. 10, 2019) – On Aug 31, the Dept. of Veterans Affairs ended the first of three optical contracts with IFB Solutions effectively eliminating 47 positions at the nonprofit agency. IFB had hoped to maintain the contract by filing one last motion …

    09/10/19
  • Media Update: VA grants IFB Solutions 2-week contract extension

    Contact Nicole Ducouer, IFB Solutions Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Programs 336-685-2393 | nducouer@ifbsolutions.org Today, we received notice from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs that it is extending the optical contract slated to end on July 31 for two additional weeks with a new end date of August 15. This brief extension gives us additional …

    07/30/19
  • IFB Solutions facing loss of 76 jobs for people who are blind, 137 total jobs as a result of policy changes at the VA

    Contact Nicole Ducouer, IFB Solutions Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Programs 336-685-2393 | nducouer@ifbsolutions.org WINSTON-SALEM, NC (July 23, 2019) – IFB Solutions, the largest employer of people who are blind in the country, is about to experience several rounds of job cuts that will have a devastating effect on the blind community. The 137 people …

    07/22/19
  • IFB Solutions Honored by Triad Chapter of the Risk Management Association at Annual Award Luncheon

    Contact Nicole Ducouer, IFB Solutions Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Programs 336-685-2393 | nducouer@ifbsolutions.org WINSTON-SALEM, NC (July 2, 2019) – IFB Solutions was honored at the 4th annual Excellence in Business Award Luncheon hosted by the Triad Chapter of The Risk Management Association. Each year, the chapter honors three local organizations and one individual for …

    07/02/19
  • IFB Solutions Takes to the Big Screen, Wins Coveted Telly Award for Summer SEE Camp Video

    Contact Nicole Ducouer, IFB Solutions Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Programs 336-685-2393 | nducouer@ifbsolutions.org WINSTON-SALEM, NC (June 17, 2019) – The team at IFB Solutions, the largest employer of people who are blind in the country, is staying red-carpet ready. The Winston-Salem based nonprofit has been part of three award-winning videos or documentaries this spring. …

    06/17/19
  • Beloved Pediatrician Dr. Harold Schutte Receives National Award

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          Contact: Melissa Stanz melissa@twobpr.com M (828) 768-1202   Asheville, NC (June 10 2019)—Harold Schutte, M.D., served the Asheville community for more than 50 years until his retirement. Thousands of Asheville children called him Dr. Schutte, and parents of those children depended on him to help their children get well and stay well. …

    06/10/19
  • IFB Solutions Names Employees and Volunteers of the Year, Recognizes 11 Employees with more than 20 Years of Service.

    Contact Nicole Ducouer, IFB Solutions Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Programs 336-685-2393 | nducouer@ifbsolutions.org WINSTON-SALEM, NC (Apr. 23, 2019) – IFB Solutions recently honored its employees, volunteers, and vendors for their commitment to helping IFB Solutions provide jobs, training, and services for people who are blind or visually impaired. IFB Solutions, a nonprofit corporation …

    04/23/19
  • Children who are Blind Get Hands-On Experience with Classical Music at the Charlotte Symphony’s Orchestra Olympics

    ON-SITE CONTACT: Alli Romero, SEE Program Coordinator M (980) 230-9454 CHILDREN WHO ARE BLIND GET HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE WITH CLASSICAL MUSIC AT THE CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY’S ORCHESTRA OLYMPICS Local children who are blind or visually impaired are heading to the Orchestra Olympics, a youth-focused program offered by the Charlotte Symphony. The children are part of SEE (Student …

    03/21/19
  • More than 85 of North Carolina’s Best Blind Bowlers Compete March 16 in Winston-Salem Tournament

    Contact Nicole Ducouer, IFB Solutions Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Programs 336-685-2393 | nducouer@ifbsolutions.org   MORE THAN 85 OF NORTH CAROLINA’S BEST BLIND BOWLERS COMPETE MARCH 16 IN WINSTON-SALEM TOURNAMENT WINSTON-SALEM, NC – More than 85 of the best bowlers across North Carolina who all happen to be blind are converging on Winston-Salem for one …

    03/14/19
  • IFB Solutions Announces Appointment of Ed Vest as Controller

    Contact Nicole Ducouer, IFB Solutions Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Programs 336-685-2393 | nducouer@ifbsolutions.org   IFB SOLUTIONS ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF ED VEST AS CONTROLLER WINSTON-SALEM, NC (Mar. 19, 2019) – IFB Solutions, the largest employer of people who are blind in the country, announces the appointment of Ed Vest as Controller. Vest joins IFB …

    02/28/19
  • Local Schoolchildren to Receive Eyeglasses with 3-D Lens Technology as IFB Solutions and Luxexcel Celebrate First Year of Partnership

    Contact Nicole Ducouer, IFB Solutions Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Programs 336-685-2393 | nducouer@ifbsolutions.org   LOCAL SCHOOLCHILDREN TO RECEIVE FREE EYEGLASSES WITH 3D LENS TECHNOLOGY AS IFB SOLUTIONS AND LUXEXCEL CELEBRATE FIRST YEAR OF PARTNERSHIP WHAT: Nearly 20 local schoolchildren will receive a free pair of eyeglasses as local nonprofit IFB Solutions and technology …

    02/28/19
  • Curtis Chase Promoted to Director of Operations at IFB Solutions

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Allyson Pittman Gattin 501.590.7657 LITTLE ROCK (Feb. 28, 2019) – IFB Solutions Little Rock, formerly known as Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind, announced that Curtis Chase has been promoted to director of operations for the Little Rock facility of the nation’s largest employer of people who are blind or visually impaired. As director of operations, Chase will …

    02/28/19
  • IFB Solutions Awarded Nearly $10,000 in Grants for Program that Provides Free Assistive Technology to Children Who are Blind

    Contact Nicole Ducouer, IFB Solutions Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Programs 336-685-2393 | nducouer@ifbsolutions.org   IFB SOLUTIONS AWARDED NEARLY $10,000 IN GRANTS FOR PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES FREE ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TO CHILDREN WHO ARE BLIND WINSTON-SALEM, NC (Feb. 21, 2019) – During the school day, children who are blind or visually impaired have access to …

    02/25/19
  • IFB Solutions (Asheville) Earns 13th National Employment Growth Award

    Contact Nicole Ducouer, IFB Solutions Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Programs 336-685-2393 | nducouer@ifbsolutions.org   IFB Solutions EARNS 13TH NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT GROWTH AWARD ASHEVILLE, NC (February 20, 2019) – Local nonprofit IFB Solutions was honored with the 2018 Employment Growth Award for its efforts to increase employment retention, growth and upward mobility for people …

    02/21/19
  • IFB Solutions Earns 13th National Employment Growth Award

    Contact Nicole Ducouer, IFB Solutions Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Programs 336-685-2393 | nducouer@ifbsolutions.org   IFB Solutions Earns 13th National Employment Growth Award WINSTON-SALEM, NC (Jan. 28, 2019) – Local nonprofit IFB Solutions was honored with the 2018 Employment Growth Award for its efforts to increase employment retention, growth and upward mobility for people …

    01/30/19
  • IFB Solutions President & CEO David Horton Responds to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Decision

    IFB President & CEO David Horton Responds to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Decision (10/17/18) Contact Nicole Ducouer, IFB Solutions Director of Corporate Communications 336-245-5615 | nducouer@ifbsolutions.org Background Since 2016, IFB Solutions has been involved in litigation alongside the U.S. Government to protect jobs for people who are blind. The case centers …

    10/17/18
  • SECCA, IFB SOLUTIONS AND PHOTOGRAPHER BOWMAN GRAY PRESENT ACCESSIBLE EXHIBIT CELEBRATING EMPLOYEES WHO ARE BLIND

    A special exhibit by local photographer Bowman Gray will be on display at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) from Oct. 18 to Nov. 4 celebrating the stories of five local employees from IFB Solutions, the largest employer of people who are blind or visually impaired in the country. Each person’s portrait will be …

    10/08/18
  • Rep. Virginia Foxx Visits IFB Solutions, Advocates For Breaking Down Barriers To Employment For People Who Are Blind

    Rep. Virginia Foxx visits IFB Solutions, advocates for breaking down barriers to employment for people who are blind. In her role as chair of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Rep. Foxx is a leader in breaking down barriers that prevent workers from succeeding, including those who are blind or visually impaired.  She …

    08/16/18
  • IFB Solutions CEO David Horton Named One of Triad Business Journal’s Most Admired CEO’s for 2018

     IFB Solutions CEO David Horton was named one of the region’s Most Admired CEOs for 2018 by The Triad Business Journal. Horton has served as President and CEO of IFB since 2007 having started with the nonprofit organization in 2001 as Controller before being promoted to Vice President of Operations and later Executive Director. IFB …

    08/13/18
  • Howard Walker Takes On Development Role at IFB Solutions

    Howard Walker has been named manager of development and awareness at IFB Solutions of Little Rock, the nonprofit formerly known as Arkansas Lighthouse for Blind. Read the full article here.

    07/16/18
  • These Veterans Still Serve Their Country, Fellow Military Heroes Through Their Work

    For many of the employees at IFB Solutions in Winston-Salem, their vision involves giving back to fellow military heroes. Watch the WFMY video here.

    07/03/18
  • Art Council announces 10 mini-grants

    The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County has announced its Summer 2018 grants made through its Community Enrichment Mini-Grant program. Read the full article here.

    06/21/18
  • IFB SOLUTIONS NAMES EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR, RECOGNIZES YEARS OF SERVICE

    WINSTON-SALEM, NC (Apr. 25, 2018) – IFB Solutions recently honored its employees, volunteers and vendors 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 …

    04/25/18
  • 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 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