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Client of the Week: IFB Solutions

legs and feet of a man walking with aid of a white cane

This week we’re giving a huge shoutout to our non-profit client IFB Solutions-Asheville, a branch of IFB Solutions. Across the country this organization provides people who are blind or visually impaired with new opportunities in the form of employment, training and other services. IFB (Industries for the Blind) believes people who are visually impaired have the right to succeed in every area of life. 

Through programs that serve kids, provide transportation, deliver low-vision resources and more, IFB Solutions identifies and fulfills community needs. The revenues from the sale of IFB products and services support the employment of people who are visually impaired. Sponsorships, grants and donations from the community fund life-changing training programs and services for these adults and children.

IFB Solutions has facilities in Winston-Salem and Asheville, North Carolina, as well as Little Rock, Arkansas. They gained their Asheville operations in 1991 when an independent organization downtown merged with IFB Solutions to maximize efficiencies and better serve customers.

In 2007, IFB Solutions Asheville moved to a modern, 73,000-square-foot facility located on eight acres featuring a picnic area with walking paths. Operations in Asheville provide blind or visually impaired employees work in the following areas:

  • Manufacturing of textile equipment and complex apparel, including bags, thermal liners and extreme-weather outerwear
  • Full-scale digital cutting and ultrasonic welding
  • Office product packaging and assembly for an impulse merchandising program
  • A Community Low Vision Center with retail store for low vision products

ABE’s CEO and President Kevin Jackson believes so firmly in the mission of IFB that he has been a member of their advisory board since 2014. Says Jackson, “As an individual who owns a second-generation company employing others, IFB's mission of serving the visually impaired resonates with me because providing training and meaningful work to the visually impaired helps them achieve personal goals, and gives them dignity."

To schedule a tour of their Asheville facility or learn more about what they do, give them a call at 828-667-9778.