The NABA industrial manufacturing center has been in operation for over 80 years. One major component of NABA’s mission is to increase independence and self-sufficiency for people who are blind or visually impaired through employment or finding jobs.

Manufacturing has created competitive paying jobs with benefits, in fully integrated environments, for people who are blind working alongside individuals with other disabilities or no disability at all in Upstate New York. Private businesses and government agencies contract with NABA to achieve the highest standards of product quality and manufacturing safety.

Current government contracts for production include: manufacturing the uniform neck tabs for women in the Armed Services and the production of reflective safety vests with the New York City Transit Authority. Our annual contract with the NYC Transit Authority produces over 50,000 safety vests.

The manufacturing department’s range of products and jobs includes but is not limited to industrial sewing, assembly, packing, folding, bagging, and labeling.

The mechanics of what is included in the manufacturing department are: programmable machine operation, box tacking, snap installation, fusing machine operation binding, heat sealing, cutting, punch machine operator, assembly, packaging, and for the manufacturing of tote bags—logo lettering and embroidery.

Eric assembling an orange vest on the sewing machine
Eric assembling an orange vest.

To inquire how NABA is the best choice for meeting your business’s manufacturing needs, please contact Harry Weatherwax, Director of Manufacturing, by email or call (518) 463-1211, Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST.

April 18, 2022, Spectrum News 1 produced the Human Interest story, "Man­u­fac­turing Jobs Provide Visually Impaired Workers Paychecks and a Purpose."

Ken Prunier assembling neck tabs from the Spectrum News video. Link to the video below

To play the video and read the story, click here.

James Jones at NIB for the Employee of the Year Event

James Jones in the center, his wife Cathy to his left and Laura Zeliger on the right at the event

James, who joined NABA in 2018, has worked on many federal and state contracts, taking a lead role and training coworkers in document preparation, inspection, and tagging. He was nominated for Employee of the Year for the New York State Preferred Source Program for New Yorkers Who Are Blind.

James is pictured here with his wife Cathy and Laura Zeliger, NABA Executive Director at the NIB event in Washington, D.C.

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