Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind Acquires Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Wednesday, Sep. 3, 2014 4:16 pm  

Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has acquired Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind of Little Rock.

The newly-merged organization, IFB-ALB, will form the largest agency for the blind in the country and expand the IFB footprint.

"In partnership with [ALB CEO] Bill [Johnson], his staff and the ALB board, we determined that the acquisition of ALB would enable both organizations to leverage our experienced workforces, manufacturing capabilities and customer relationships to pursue new opportunities for growing employment for people who are blind or visually impaired," David Horton, executive director for Winston-Salem IFB, said in a news release.

Through the merger, ALB will retain its name and workforce.

"In working with IFB, it was paramount to us as a board that all of our employees who are blind or visually impaired know that their jobs are secure," Pat Smith, ALB chairwoman, said. 

IFB is a nonprofit founded in 1936. It's one of the larger employers of people who are blind or visually impaired and operates manufacturing facilities in Winston-Salem and Asheville, North Carolina, in addition to more than 40 office supply stores across the country.

ALB was founded in 1940 and manufactures products, ranging from textiles to office paper, for clients such as the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army.

 

 

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