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Virginia Industries for the Blind

Our Mission

To employ and develop Virginians who are blind, visually impaired or deaf/blind to achieve their desired level of employment through the manufacture and delivery of quality products and services.

About Us

Established almost nine decades ago, VIB started as a private organization in Charlottesville, Virginia through the efforts of the Virginia Association of Workers for the Blind. Now as part of the Enterprise Division of the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI), VIB works in coordination with the DBVI Services Division and the Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired (VRCBVI) to provide a full range of employment, training, and other vocational services to blind individuals across the Commonwealth.

VIB currently has operations in twenty-one locations throughout Virginia, employing more than 150 people, 100+ of whom are blind or visually impaired.

VIB operates two manufacturing facilities, one in Charlottesville and another in Richmond. VIB manufactures U.S. Navy mattresses, University and institutional mattresses, pillows, reflective safety vests, mop heads, mop handles, mop buckets, fire extinguishers, hand sanitizer products, writing instruments, examination gloves, spices and a variety of other products.

VIB’s Service Division provides a variety of employment opportunities in support of both state and federal government customers. We are currently providing services at the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) stock room, U.S. Army Contract Management Support (CMS) on-site at Defense Logistics Agency Headquarters on Fort Belvoir and off-site at VIB’s Richmond manufacturing facility, Virginia’s Court Debt Collection Office, Langley Air Force Base Mail Room, Veterans Administration Medical Center Switchboard Center in Salem, Kitting operations in Virginia Beach and retail support operations at the Super Servmart store on the Norfolk Naval Base.

Our Retail Division is comprised of eleven Base Supply Centers (BSC’s) located at Defense Supply Center - Richmond, in the Pentagon, Fort Lee, Fort Eustis, Fort Belvoir, Mark Center Federal Building, Oceana Naval Air Station, Langley Air Force Base, Hoffman Office complex in Alexandria and the Taylor Building in Crystal City. We also provide our customers with an online, E-Commerce option for their office supply and general consumable needs.

VIB is an affiliate of the National Industries for the Blind (NIB) under the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act (JWOD) program now known as the AbilityOne program and is an authorized distributor for and manufacturer of AbilityOne products and services. The VIB Charlottesville and Richmond facilities are both certified/registered to ISO 9001:2008 which is a global quality management standard. VIB is also exploring implementing this quality management system in other VIB locations and operations. VIB is self-funded and self-supporting; operating without the use of general funds.


The glossary lists commonly used terms and acronyms in our various divisions. The glossary is to help our customers better understand VIB. The various agencies listed are strong allies in the pursuit of VIB’s mission. Please use this reference accordingly. Thank you.