Industries for the Blind and Visually Impaired

445 S Curtis Road
West Allis, WI 53214


Industries for the Blind and Visually Impaired-IBVI is a self-sustaining, not-for-profit, 501C3, organization that has been providing jobs for blind and visually impaired Americans since 1952.  Over half of our employees are blind or visually impaired.

The mission of IBVI remains simple and clear: To provide continuous quality employment to people who are blind by meeting customer needs.

Our primary markets include US Military, US Government, and Commercial companies.



Deb Lucas
Sr. Vice President, Business Development


CJ Lange
President & CEO


Started in:


  • Milwaukee 7

Core Competencies:

From our 100,000 square-foot ISO-9001:2015 certified facility in West Allis WI, and our 100,000 square-foot kitting and distribution center in Menomonee Falls WI, we manufacture products and distribute to thousands of customers nationwide.  In addition IBVI owns and operates 9 Base Supply Centers on military installations across the United States.

IBVI manufactures, sources, and distributes a full assortment of products including:

  • Office Supplies
  • Janitorial Supplies
  • Office Furniture, Fixtures, Equipment & Design Solutions
  • Tools, Maintenance, Repair, and Operations Products
  • Tool Kitting
  • Breakroom/Cafeteria Supplies
  • Technolgy Products
  • Promotional and Marketing Products, including kitting, on-line ordering and distribution
  • Professional Paint Tools
  • Hardware, LED Light Products

Estimated Annual Gross Sales:
$51 - 100 Million

Supplier to the Defense Industry:
Yes, we are a primary supplier

Number of Employees:

We are:
  • Other

Import: Yes

Export: No

Export Countries:


  • Defense Industry Supply Chain
  • Foxconn


  • GSA Approved
  • ISO 9001

Markets Interested in Serving


  • Components, Parts and Hardware
  • Distribution of Materials and Hardware - Wholesale
  • Manufacturer / Service
  • Other
  • Supply contracts for Office, Janitorial,Office Furniture, and Promotional Products. Kitting and Distribution Services

Seeking local sources for:

Manufacturing Tier

  • OEM: An original equipment manufacturer, or OEM, refers to a company that makes a final product for the consumer marketplace.




National Industries for the Blind Celebrates 50th Anniversary of SKILCRAFT U.S. Government Pen

Iconic product symbolizes capabilities of people who are blind


National Industries for the Blind


Apr 24, 2018, 10:00 E

National Industries for the Blind

ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 24, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Industries for the Blind (NIB), the nation's largest employment resource for people who are blind, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the SKILCRAFT® U.S. Government Pen during 2018. The ubiquitous pen, released to the federal government in 1968, has become a beloved product among generations of federal government employees and members of the U.S. military. Success of the government pen project paved the way for thousands of new SKILCRAFT products to be introduced in the following decades.

Three NIB associated nonprofit agencies are involved in the production of the pen: Alphapoint in Kansas City, Missouri, manufactures and supplies component parts to Industries for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Industries of the Blind in Greensboro, North Carolina, where employees who are blind assemble and package the pens for sale to government customers through the AbilityOne® Program. Collectively, these agencies manufacture more than 8 million SKILCRAFT U.S. Government Pens each year, sustaining meaningful employment for more than 100 people who are blind.

"The government pen is one of our most iconic products and has been a workhorse for the federal 

Industries for the Blind opens new Menomonee Falls facility
Walker attends ribbon-cutting ceremony

By Ralph Chapoco - Daily News

Nov. 30, 2017



Brynt O’Neil of Milwaukee shakes hands with Gov. Scott Walker Wednesday afternoon during the ribbon-cutting for the Industries for the Blind warehouse in Menomonee Falls.
John Ehlke/Daily News

MENOMONEE FALLS — Representatives from one company are hoping to provide additional opportunities for those who face obstacles for employment — so much so that they have relocated a portion of their operations to better recruit workers.

Leaders and staff from Industries for the Blind hosted a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening of their new operations facility in Menomonee Falls.

Among the invited guests were local elected and state officials, including Gov. Scott Walker.

“Thanks to all, the board, the leadership, most of all the employees here at Industries for the Blind, thanks to all the rest of the company, supporters of the business in Menomonee Falls and the mission of IB,” Walker said.

The company’s mission is to provide employment opportunities to the visually impaired. It is based in West Allis, and is a national industrial supplier and distributor of office supplies, office furniture, fixtures, equipment, customized knitting and branded merchandise.

“We have been around since 1952 and we are a manufacturer of pens and pencils, brooms and brushes; that is how we started,” President and Chief Operating Officer CJ Lange said. “We started to get some government contracts back in the 1960s and ’70s.”

Along with the 98,000square-foot facility in the village, representatives also have a manufacturing site in at the company headquarters in West Allis along with another manufacturing facility in Janesville.

“Obviously, our mission is to employ the blind,” Lange said. “We always have a ratio of our people who are out producing the actual materials, of 75 percent or greater line employment. We are always far surpassing that percentage. Of course, we want to expand blind employment throughout Wisconsin, which is why we are opening up the facility in Menomonee Falls.”


Walker takes a tour Wednesday afternoon at the Industries for the Blind warehouse.
John Ehlke/Daily News

One of those employees is Jeana Angelini. She has worked at Industries for the Blind for 4.5 years and supervises workers in several departments.

“The company stands by what it says,” Angelini said. “They believe in innovation. They also believe in strong upward mobility, so if a blind or visually impaired person wants to progress in their career, move from production to a sales associate, or supervisor position within another area in a facility, they help the individual acquire the skills and adapt to the equipment they need. They support that.”

She described times when she sent numerous job applications to prospective employers, only to be rejected. The company provides several tools to assist visually impaired employees with their job duties.

There are devices that provide additional illumination. Some will magnify objects, so they are easier to see, while others will transcribe text and read it to the employee.

Lange said there is a significant visually impaired population at their three sites. He added the manufacturing facility will produce kits for the military, from medical supplies and tools for various tasks.

Now Hiring


IBVI has numerous positions available at both our West Allis and Menomonee Falls facilities.  Please visit our website for current job postings.

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