Scott, how did you come to work at MWEB?
My sister in law was a part of the committee that did the research to see what the need was for a place like MWEB in Kalamazoo. Once the company started the business and she asked me if I wanted to come to work here in March of 1995.
What was your first job here?
I packaged plastic flatware, which was the company’s very first contract with the federal government. I liked what I was doing and worked hard. Later that year I was promoted to the role of Lead Worker. Once I had a couple of years of work under my belt, I was promoted to assistant supervisor in 1997 and in 2003 I was promoted to production supervisor and have been doing that ever since.
How has working at MWEB had an impact on you personally?
My leadership skills have evolved through working here and working with others in the organization. I’ve appreciated working under the leaders I have had the privilege to be around. Through them and through day to day experiences as I’ve moved up in the company, I’ve learned quite a bit about how to handle working with and leading people.
How do you feel like MWEB has had an impact in Kalamazoo?
Kalamazoo has been my home for years. I know what MWEB has meant to me, personally, but I don’t think many people know about us. I wish they did! We’re not just a training center, we’re actually a place where people come to work, earn a living wage, and do a quality job that they can be proud of. I’m looking forward to more people learning about us, partnering with us, and MWEB hiring more people like me.
This has been a really great opportunity for so many people who have come to work here over the 25 years I’ve been here. It’s provided work for college students, parents, and folks needing a place to work as their sight starts to go. Overall, I think it’s a very positive place for the people who have worked here.
MidWest Enterprises for the Blind specializes in subcontracting, throughput reduction, lead time reduction, and cost reduction. Our specialties include kitting, packaging, assembly, warehousing and distribution. We are a 501C3 (Not for Profit Organization) and by partnering with us companies add value to the community by providing labor hours for people who are blind. Similar companies in our field include MRC Industries and Goodwill. We do all of this with our up to date ISO 2015 Certification.
MWEB is more than just a job, it’s a community. A place where no idea is too big or too small and there is always someone to help out. You can feel the mission of the company in all that it does and as a member of the team it’s very satisfying. Everyone here is expanding their skills through production efficiency, learning new jobs, and continuing their education.
The company really turns the mission into a reality by providing not just skills and work for employees, but a quality product for customers as well.Gage Campbell, Quality Coordinator
Our mission is to find work and employ blind individuals so that they can become economically independent. The people we employ want to work, be independent and earn their way. But people should know that we are also a manufacturing facility that focuses on quality. We’re ISO certified and customer-focused.Glen Mackey, VP of Operations
Working here is exciting, because I was able to take my degree and put it to use. The company provided an opportunity to go to DC to participate in National Industries for the Blind’s Public Policy Forum. I meet legislators and advocate for people who are blind. Being a champion for people who are blind has really sparked my interest.
It’s a wonderful investment that the company has made, where employees can learn lifelong skills that they can use in their personal lives, and also apply to their profession.Misty Stenberg, Public Policy Liaison
I believe in what this company provides. Our mission, to provide employment to people who are blind, and to provide quality products and services to our customers, are what motivate me.
I’m proud of working with such great people.Vicky Hickok, Administrative Manager
Our mission statement is to employ people who are blind, but it’s so much more than that. We are giving people an opportunity, that they can not only work and have their independence, but they can also grow and equip themselves. This company will help people develop skills, even if they want to move on to other employment.
When losing my vision, I felt that my options were being narrowed, but MWEB was a new beginning.William Drain, Business Development Coordinator