Industries for the Blind and Visually Impaired (IBVI) – Focused on Their People. Driven by Their Purpose.

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Simon Sinek’s famous book Start With Why, states, “All organizations start with why, but only the great ones keep their why clear year after year.”  

At Industries for the Blind and Visually Impaired (IBVI), a Wisconsin-based AbilityOne® supplier and distributor, they know their purpose and their why. The company’s success is a testament of the commitment to their mission—to create more jobs for the blind and visually impaired.

IBVI is driven by that mission and inspired by the pride, passion, and commitment to excellence that their employees display every day. After all, their employees make them who they are, and they make it possible for them to provide the best, most cost-effective supplies that are made with a true purpose. This includes the capability to produce custom tool kits, retail kitting and packaging, which allows their customers to be more uniquely prepared in their industry. At IBVI, they can tackle any job—no matter how large or small.

Per their website, their mission is straightforward—distilled into five simple core values:

  1. Create and grow employment opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired.
  2. Provide the best, most cost-effective supplies and friendly customer service.
  3. Be the leading voice in educating businesses on how to create, design, and build accessible workplaces for the blind and visually impaired.
  4. Balance job creation, capital investments, and profitability while meeting or exceeding Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requirements supported by an ISO 9001 Standard and Quality Policy.
  5. Create an open, collaborative environment that fosters innovative business ideas, engages employees, and adds a true sense of belonging.

At IBVI, more than half of their workforce is blind or visually impaired. Because of this, they are committed to continuous improvement, including using adaptive technology to produce goods that exceed FAR and ISO 9001 standards. Their mission is supported throughout their supply chain by working with the National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and suppliers with a similar focus on the blind and visually impaired.

Every new customer and every new order provide IBVI with the opportunity to create more jobs for the blind and visually impaired. They currently have four locations including West Allis, Janesville and two locations in Menomonee Falls, one being a 98,000 square foot facility that opened in November of 2017. The company recently added a new 45,000 square foot facility in Menomonee Falls to better support their kitting business.

We encourage you to learn more about IBVI and their proven model of focusing on employees and product excellence to deliver results.

Your APICS Milwaukee Chapter is a non-profit association with a mission to serve Supply Chain professionals and their companies in the Milwaukee area. IBVI is a sponsor of APICS Milwaukee, helping us continue to serve the Milwaukee area with quality educational and networking programs.

For additional information, contact us via our website at: or via email at: [email protected]

APICS Milwaukee Launches #whyapics - Wes Parker, CSCP Shares Why APICS is Important to Him

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APICS Milwaukee is excited to announce our #whyapics campaign sharing supply chain professionals’ stories on how APICS has helped them in their careers. 

To kick off the effort, we are proud to share our first #whyapics below from Wes Parker, CSCP, our current APICS Milwaukee Chapter President.

"I attribute most of the success in my career to 4 key components:  Education, hard work, persistence and networking.

Having said that, I attribute most of my education and key networking success after college to my involvement with APICS.  Having taken the CSCP review class, and subsequently passing the CSCP exam on my first try, I appreciate the value of the educational offerings, as well as the benefit from having discussed many different business issues with classmates and fellow members.

Even more credit must be given to the value of an APICS certification.  I have seldom seen a job listing in my field that did not specify "APICS certification preferred".  And for good reason.  Now, as a hiring manager myself, I know that seeing someone has either the CSCP, CPIM or CLTD certification positively proves that they have the knowledge needed to succeed in their chosen career.

From informal breakfast meetings, to professional speakers and plant tours, I am constantly thinking of examples I've seen at other companies that have faced challenges similar to what I encounter on a daily basis.

Membership in APICS has opened many doors for me, and I appreciate the fact that my professional network is far more extensive than it would have been were I not a member.  Additionally, I have been lucky enough to have the chance to serve on the Board of Directors for the local chapter of APICS for the last several years and I strongly encourage anyone who is interested to reach out to their local chapter and become more involved.  The rewards for volunteering are hard to put a price on."

Wes Parker, CSCP, APICS Milwaukee Chapter President

If you’d like to share your #whyapics story on how APICS has helped you in your career please send us an email at [email protected]. If your story is selected to be shared on our website, we will send you a free APICS Milwaukee events pass valid for 12 months! Share your story today!!

Your APICS Milwaukee Chapter is a non-profit association with a mission to serve Supply Chain professionals and their companies in the Milwaukee area. Learn more about our efforts at our annual rewards and recognition dinner on April 24th! You’ll also get to hear from Living As A Leader, Principle and Co-founder, Aleta Norris, sharing expert advice on how to Groom Your Emerging Leaders More Quickly. We hope you can join us. Click here for more information on how to register.

We look forward to hearing your #whyapics story! For additional information, contact us via our website at: or via email at: [email protected]