Welcome to Virginia Industries for the Blind
To employ and develop Virginians who are blind, visually impaired or deaf/blind to achieve their desired level of employment through the manufacture and delivery of quality products and services.
VIB on the Radio
Matt Koch, General Manager, and Tina Hawley-Blount, Assistant Manager for Service Contracts, were interviewed by Emerge Radio. Emerge Radio broadcasts from Hampton, Virginia. Ever since its founding in 2015, Emerge has one goal in mind: promoting the entrepreneur lifestyle, providing education to our business community, and connecting like-minded individuals. VIB is now a proud part of that community as we grow our presence and value to southeast Virginia and connect small business partners and products to the government marketplaces while creating quality jobs for qualified Virginians who are blind.
Virginia Industries for the Blind Visits with Virginia's Congressional Delegation
May 10, 2023: Employees from Virginia Industries for the Blind visited with Virginia’s Congressional Delegation to educate them on jobs available through VIB and the services provided by the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired. (Pictured left to right in front of the Capitol's west facade are (front) Pat Thomas, Tina Hawley-Blount, (back) Keith Kornegay, Matt Koch, Joe Godwin, and Christopher Shearin.) Three teams of two people met with the 13 legislators to ensure their offices are aware of the work being completed through DBVI and VIB. Each team included a member of VIB’s staff who is blind and they had the opportunity to share their personal story of developing their skills and their careers at VIB.
Virginia Industries for the Blind has operations in twenty-one locations throughout Virginia, including manufacturing, retail, and service-oriented operations. VIB currently employs more than 175 people, the majority of whom are blind or visually impaired.
Virginia Industries for the Blind (VIB) has historically been identified by our manufacturing roots. As early as 1925, VIB was producing mattresses, brooms and caning chairs for our government and commercial customers. VIB now employs blind Virginians in two manufacturing facilities, one in Charlottesville and the other in Richmond.
Virginia Industries for the Blind (VIB) provides a variety of professional services for state and federal government customers in locations all across the Commonwealth.
Virginia Industries for the Blind (VIB) provides training and other vocational rehabilitation services. This program is designed to provide a variety of services to customers of the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) as well as VIB employees.
Virginia Industries for the Blind (VIB) operates Base Supply Centers (BSC’s) on Military bases and in Federal Government buildings throughout Virginia. Each BSC provides a full range of products tailored to the needs and requirements of the Federal Government and Department of Defense (DoD) customers at the location.