Industries of the Blind's new president Joshua Gould discusses the organization's growth.
Industries of the Blind President Joshua Gould reveals expansion plans for 2018 – Greensboro – Triad Business Journal
October 25, 2017: Industries of the Blind was awarded the 2017 Torch Award for Ethics from the Better Business Bureau of Central Carolina. It was both an honor and a pleasure to be recognized by local business leaders as a company that strives to be open and honest with customers as well as associates who are blind.
As we push forward out into the local community, we hope that all will see us as an upstanding and honest organization in our continuing mission of employing people who are blind or visually impaired.
This award recognizes local BBB Accredited Businesses that maintain a solid commitment to honest & ethical business practices and is the most prestigious award BBB can present to a business.
Being a recipient indicates that the business not only believes in the high standards promoted by BBB, but also consistently acts on them and continuously integrates them into daily business practices.
Industries of the Blind in Greensboro has been an Accredited Business since 1961, when BBB opened its doors. Industries of the Blind of Greensboro employs the most advanced manufacturing processes, drawing from the best ideas from around the world. We make a variety of products—for the military, as well as for commercial enterprises across the country, which regularly engage us for fast-turnaround projects. At all times continuing its mission of employing people who are blind or visually impaired.
The Torch Awards entries are evaluated by an independent panel of judges on topics such as management policies and practices, customer relations, marketing/sales practices, and community involvement.
This year, students from the Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism in the UNCG Bryan School helped five local businesses vie for BBB’s 2017 Torch Awards for Ethics. As part of the consumer behavior class taught by Sara MacSween, the students worked with the businesses on their applications for the award. Then, the students gave short presentations on how the businesses build trust with employees, customers and vendors in the marketplace to a three-judge panel.
“Industries of the Blind is proud to be chosen as a 2017 Torch Award winner. This is an affirmation that we are serving our mission of employing people who are blind or visually impaired at the highest level. We set standards for our selves and then abide them. It is humbling to know that this is also seen by the community in the form of receiving the Torch Award. We are honored.”
Richard Oliver, Director of Community Outreach & Government Relations at Industries of the Blind
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Greensboro’s historic Industries of the Blind — the innovative institution that began employing the visually impaired in 1933 in mop manufacturing — is now in the apparel business.
Industries of the Blind, a Greensboro nonprofit that employs the blind and visually impaired to provide manufacturing and distribution services, has leased a more than 100,000-square-foot building on Old Friendly Road to fulfill the renewal of a contract with the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency.
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Industries of the Blind in Greensboro, which provides manufacturing, packaging and assembly for a variety of customers, has been awarded two contracts from the U.S. Army that will require 30 new full-and part-time jobs for legally blind individuals.
This fall, Industries of the Blind will proudly celebrate our 80th anniversary in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The work we do at IOB is really special – here, Greensboro residents with vision impairments are provided a unique environment to share their talents, be successful, and play an important role in a business that is an asset to our community.
When we opened in 1933 as the Guilford County Association for the Blind, there were only 6 employees making mops in our Lee Street storefront. Today, Industries of the Blind has more than 200 Greensboro residents on staff and we make a whole lot more than mops! Over the last 80 years we’ve expanded our facilities tenfold and now manufacture everything from clipboards to parachutes and even protective armor for our troops.
(And of course, our famous Skilcraft pens, too.)
IOB provides hundreds of Greensboro residents an opportunity to make a living doing meaningful work. We are proud to craft quality products for retailers and U.S. government departments.
This is an amazing milestone in our community’s history and we are excited to celebrate the achievements of our workers. After eight decades of excellence, it’s time to take a step back, celebrate, and say thank you to our outstanding staff and supportive community.