MidWest Enterprises for the Blind, Inc., Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month with Continued Commitment to Creating and Protecting Jobs for People Who are Blind
MidWest Enterprises for the Blind, Inc. (MWEB) participates in month-long observance this October to raise awareness of the many types of jobs employees who are blind hold in the workforce.
Here in Kalamazoo, Michigan MWEB is working to showcase the capabilities to Kalamazoo and surrounding communities about the workforce capabilities of people who are blind and celebrate the achievements of its employees as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) this October. This year NDEAM is emphasizing the essential role that people with disabilities play in America's economic success.
For twenty-five plus years, MWEB has helped create employment opportunities for people who are blind; it currently employs more than 23 people who are blind. These employees at MWEB offer a full-service assembly, packaging, fulfillment/warehousing facility that provides quality products and services to a wide range of government and commercial customers. MWEB is ISO 9001:2015 certified, utilizes the latest in technology logistics and proudly stands by everything that is produced.
“National Disability Employment Awareness Month marks one of the most important times of the year for our agency,” said Karen Walls, President. “We here at MidWest Enterprises for the Blind are dedicated to offering competitive career paths for people who are blind and NDEAM provides an excellent opportunity to showcase for the public the skills and abilities of our employees.”
MidWest Enterprises for the Blind is one of more than 100 nonprofit agencies associated with National Industries for the Blind (NIB), which produces thousands of SKILCRAFT® products and provides professional services for federal and military customers through the federal government’s AbilityOne® Program. NIB and its associated agencies employ more than 6,000 people who are blind in a variety of positions, serving as the largest employer of people who are blind in the United States.
“Sales of our products and services allow us to employ people who are blind, helping them grow their careers,” said Glen Mackey, VP of Operations. “Our employees are committed to continually delivering high quality products and services. The success of our agency demonstrates the value they bring to the workplace.”
Whether you’re interested in employment, working with MWEB on your next project, or just want more information, you can call 269-383-0713 or visit the website at www.mwebmi.com
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
My passion is helping people and that's exactly what MWEB is all about. From employing members of the blind community to serving our customers, I couldn't ask for a better place to work.
Jonathan Kraker, VP of Marketing and Business Development
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