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MISSISSIPPI INDUSTRIES
FOR THE BLIND

2501 N. West St.
Jackson, MS 39216

ph:  1-866-859-4461
local:  601-984-3200
fax:  601-987-3892
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ABOUT MIB
  
MIB HistoryMIB Meridian employee making USPS keys

In 1928, the Mississippi Commission for the Blind was formed to administer newly enacted legislation authorizing the State to "aid the blind, whose training is not otherwise provided for, in finding employment." After Governor Paul B. Johnson, Sr. signed the act, eight people who were blind started vocational training in Jackson in the basement of the old mental hospital on North State Street where they earned wages in the first year of about $5 per week.

In 1942, a state agency, Mississippi Industries for the Blind was founded through legislation and the agency moved into 2501 N. West St. its current location. Mississippi Industries for the Blind (MIB) was established to provide employment and training for Mississippians who are blind or visually impaired. The primary employment provided was manufacturing brooms and mops for sale to federal government customers under the Wagner-O’Day Act which was enacted in 1938.

Since that time many new products were added providing multiple types of employment to Mississippians who were blind. For example, in 1959 MIB began manufacturing barracks bags for the Department of Defense under the Wagner-O’Day Act. This item provided both assembly and sewing employment. Since then other products such as equipment belts, mattresses, cellulose sponge, shoring straps and the bandoleer pouch have been manufactured in the Jackson facility.

In 1981, a satellite manufacturing facility was started in Meridian, MS. The original manufacturing in this facility was for local companies such as Peavey Electronics and Saunders manufacturing. Since then, several products were added under AbilityOne. The expertise in Meridian was in a different area from the Jackson facility. The Meridian facility utilizes metal-working processes and products. Jobs in this facility include machine-operation of stamping presses, robotic welding and various assembly operations such as drilling and riveting.

In September 2010, MIB became ISO 9001 certified. Through out its history, MIB has been known for its high quality products and excellent workmanship. This certification demonstrates this continuing commitment to this quality emphasis.
 
 

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