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Serving others for a greater good

Providing world-class products and services to customers helps us support upward mobility for the blind and visually impaired.

Our mission. Our promise.

At Industries for the Blind and Visually Impaired (IBVI), our marching orders are straightforward. They can be distilled into five simple core statements:

One of my favorite parts of my job is assembling tool kits for the military. Doing so makes me feel like my job has a real purpose and that I am truly helping those in the armed services.

– Matt B., IBVI team member since 2014

Our Core Values

Our Management Team

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CJ Lange

President and CEO

CJ Lange joined IBVI in 2000 and is the President and CEO of Industries for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc. (IBVI) and the architect of a highly successful career during which he has innovated around technology, consistently implemented and executed strategies successfully, and unified the organization to create business opportunities for the blind and visually impaired. With keen insight for identifying new channels of business development and a talent for building and managing high-performing teams that fuel growth and creative positive change, CJ drives IBVI’s mission to create superior customer products and services, and be a difference-maker in people’s lives.

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Patrick Crain

Chief Manufacturing and Logistics Officer

With over 20 years of distribution and manufacturing experience and a dedication for continuous improvement, Patrick is the ideal person to oversee day-to-day manufacturing, distribution, supply chain, and engineering operations. His commitment to his team is evidenced in his close mentorship of managees.

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Jeff Madden

Chief Financial Officer

Jeff joined IBVI in 2019 after gaining over 25 years of accounting experience in the food manufacturing industry. In his role at IBVI, Jeff oversees the daily functions of the accounting and finance teams, human resources, pricing, and contracts teams. Jeff brings to IBVI vast accounting and system implementation experience from both large public companies and small family owned operations alike. In looking for a change and a new career opportunity, Jeff was drawn to IBVI by their mission and the opportunity to make a difference. He intends to use his knowledge and expertise to help IBVI continue to grow that mission.

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Rich Weigold

Senior Vice President, Product & Channel Management

Rich joined IBVI in 1996 as a Warehouse Shipping/Receiving Manager. In the years since, he has shaped new markets, developed strategies for expansion, and forged key partnerships—all of which have led directly to increased employment opportunities for the blind and visually impaired.

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Todd Hobart

Vice President of BSC Store Operations

Todd joined IBVI in 2008 after working more than 20 years in retail management, 17 of which in the office supply industry. He oversees the Government Retail Business units, which include the BSC’s, COCESS and COPARS locations. Todd is also the acting Chairperson for the BSC Best Practice Committee, where he works with all AbilityOne BSC Agencies and National Industries for the Blind to improve and sustain the BSC Program. Todd is grateful and honored to assist and collaborate with associates who are blind and visually impaired, as well as support the United States military with the products they need to protect this country.

Through the years

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Industries for the Blind, Inc. is established, and its first federal contract was for brooms and brushes.
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First nonprofit agency manufacturer in the world to achieve ISO 9000 quality certification of its manufacturing processes.
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Moved into new 100,000 square foot manufacturing facility in West Allis, WI.
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Over 36,000 Skilcraft® pens are assembled by blind Americans on our manufacturing floor every working day. And in one of its most prominent sales ever, IBVI sold 20 million pencils to Wal-Mart USA and more than 10,000 pallets of consumer goods to the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Started manufacturing U.S. government pens. The company’s capabilities reach over 100,000 pens per day.
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U.S. Navy recruitment distribution fulfillment program developed.
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Opened our 98,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Menomonee Falls, WI.

Employment with purpose

In 1948, Paul Fryda had a vision: to provide a job for his brother, who was blind. So he opened Alwin Products Co. Within just a few years, he renamed it Industries for the Blind, and restructured it as a nonprofit to create more jobs for the blind community. Today, 70 years later, more than 75% of our labor on AbilityOne contracts is done by individuals who are blind or visually impaired—continuing our mission to bring new purpose to their lives.

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