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