Federal Contract Suspension Provides Government Organizations Option to Purchase from Industries for the Blind, Inc.

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IB Express remains a preferred supplier to federal customers during the OS2 suspension of FSSI.

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The importance of having a reliable supplier who provides competitive pricing and compliant products cannot be understated.

Government organizations previously “mandated” to order office supplies under the General Services Administration (GSA) Office Supplies 2 (OS2) Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) now have the option to purchase from Industries for the Blind, Inc. – Milwaukee (IB Milwaukee). As of June 3, 2014, the GSA suspended all contract performance for the Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPAs) awardees for office supplies which had restricted federal organizations from ordering outside of this designated awardee group of fifteen business entities. As a result, IB Milwaukee, a preferred source of supply to the U.S. government for more than 20 years, is now available to offer its services to these organizations.

“We have the privilege of working with many different government agencies and are excited at the opportunity to expand that sector of our customer base,” says C.J. Lange, president of IB Milwaukee. “The importance of having a reliable supplier who provides competitive pricing and compliant products cannot be understated. Our team stands ready to fulfill those needs in a timely, efficient manner that will maximize budgetary efficiency.”

As an award-winning AbilityOne® provider with hundreds of thousands of products to choose from, including those under the SKILCRAFT® brand, IB Milwaukee guarantees to provide program compliant products at the best possible value.

To set up an account for immediate ordering, visit IB Express or contact our customer service team at 800-642-8778. If you must purchase via DoD Emall, choose Industries for the Blind, Inc. from the commercial catalog.

Established in 1952, Industries for the Blind, Inc. – Milwaukee is a single source supplier for the essential products and supplies needed for organizational operations. It offers a variety of services, from manufacturing and fulfillment to creative services, custom promotional products, and more. IB Milwaukee provides employment opportunities for blind and visually impaired individuals, and is fully committed to its mission of reducing the approximate 70 percent unemployment rate that affects blind Americans. Roughly half of the company’s 225 employees are blind or visually impaired, and the not-for-profit organization is continually looking for ways to increase meaningful employment opportunities for the blind. To learn more about IB Milwaukee, visit http://www.IBmilw.com.

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