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Welcome to Virginia Industries for the Blind

Twenty years ago Virginia Industries for the Blind (VIB) provided employment opportunities to Virginians who are blind in two cities, Richmond and Charlottesville. We became synonymous with a workshop culture, most notably providing mattresses and pens to our government customers. A lot has changed over the past two decades. Today, VIB is still creating opportunities for Virginians who are blind or vision impaired in Richmond and Charlottesville, but we now provide services and operations in Alexandria, Arlington, Crystal City, Falls Church, Hampton Roads, Newport News, Norfolk, Petersburg, Rosslyn, Salem and Virginia Beach. VIB has expanded beyond our manufacturing roots with skilled, trained people in retail operations, contract management, inventory management and fulfillment, mail operations and postal functions, customer service and switchboard operations, kit assembling, and our recent addition of fire extinguisher servicing. In the very near future, we will start producing co-branded LED light fixtures.

While VIB is a mandatory source for state agencies for all our products and services as well as for federal agencies for our AbilityOne items. Many buyers from mandatory sources complain of low quality, low selection, high turnaround times, and high prices. VIB's 170 employees across 24 locations work tirelessly to be your supplier of choice. Both of VIB's production facilities are ISO-certified, our product offerings continue to expand, our turnaround times continue to shrink (and are measured in hours versus weeks), and our Market Basket shows that our top-selling products save our customers 33% over similar products from the open market - all of this while providing great jobs to Virginians who are blind or vision impaired. As an "enterprise division" of the state government, VIB does not receive any general tax revenue for our operations, but instead relies on the money we earn to fund our operations.

VIB has always been about jobs, but we now have a much wider array of employment options, providing pathways to exciting careers. Our mission is "to employ and develop Virginians who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind to achieve their desired level of employment through the manufacture and delivery of quality products and services", focuses on the two most important aspects of our work; our customers and our people.

Take care,

Matt Koch
Deputy Commissioner of Enterprises
General Manager, Virginia Industries for the Blind

For information about VIB's products, services or status on your order please contact:
VIB Customer Service (855) 842-7867 or e-mail: customerservice@vibonline.org