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Georgia Industries for the Blind
What We Do
Georgia Industries for the Blind (GIB)
provides jobs in manufacturing and packaging for individuals who are severely
visually impaired. The authorizing
legislation for GIB was the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act of 1938, which provided
for federal government purchase of products from workshops employing the blind.
Georgia’s first plant was established in 1949; today there are two facilities,
one in Bainbridge, which also houses the administrative offices, and the other
Services We Provide
- Unique to Georgia government, GIB is a not-for-profit organization
that operates as a business and generates revenues that make it largely
self-supporting. At least 92% of the GIB budget comes from product sales,
with the state providing
the other 8% in administrative costs.
- While the total number of employees in the GIB labor force fluctuates
because of contractual commitments, the organization typically employs
165 hourly workers, 90 of whom are severely visually impaired.
- A diverse product line includes pillows, plastic cutlery,
laundry bags, safety vests and flags, whisk brooms and mop heads, screen printing, binders,
file folders, card guides, and index sets.
- Annual product sales over the past three years have averaged $9.8
million, with 80% coming from federal government contracts with the General
Administration and the Department of Defense. Other customers include all
state of Georgia departments, several agencies from other states, various
and such commercial markets as Delta Airlines.
For further information about Georgia Industries for the Blind, contact the
Central Office at 229-248-2666, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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