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Blind Industries and Services of Maryland – Salisbury Sewing – May 2016

Blind Industries and Services of Maryland – Salisbury Sewing – May 2016



these military uniforms are made right here in the United States but what you might not know is many of the people who make these high-quality products are blind or visually impaired blind industries and services of Maryland employs over 200 blind and visually impaired associates around the country I guess I I spent a lot of time sitting at home because before my vision went bad I had a normal job and I went to work and last couple of years I've been sitting home pretty much doing nothing so I guess what I'm getting out of it is feel like I'm part of society yet ever since I started I guess from the back then up to this present time I've been sewing on a sewing machine making military products like for the army and for the Air Force but right now I'm working on the army jackets here at busins cutting and sewing division in Salisbury Maryland over 100 sighted and non sighted people produce cold weather gear jackets and physical fitness uniform jackets for the United States military all materials that go into producing these military jackets are domestically manufactured in the United States or Puerto Rico but before any of the materials are sent to the sewing division and production floor the materials are pre-cut using templates for each part of the jacket each part is cut to exactly match the 53 different operations which result in a completed jacket the pre-cut materials allow visually impaired associates to identify the exact dimensions of the patterns which make it a lot easier for them to create the products BISM matches the skillset of each associate with the operation they perform best Debi Collins has worked for business for the past 15 years she currently is working on top stitching jackets first is to make the cow then you have someone to make the Front's put Front's together this is on a cold weather jacket that's the camouflage jacket and then you have those who make the pockets and you have others that work on the sleeves and then you have some that works on the backs putting your backs together your top yoke and your bottom heels together then you have to have a top stitch and Serge and step by step it goes through the operations to have an operator to begin to put them together this sewing line uses six different machines to complete each jacket every machine and tool of this facility is modified to suit the needs of the associates these modifications allow the operator to feel the buttons for functions with much greater ease here a blind associate uses an automated sewing machine to correctly add margins to all parts of the jacket I know that I love working I know I love someone so this is what I'm doing today my job is a seamstress I work on a what you call a surgeon and a surgeon is called interlocked you know interlocked the edges raw edges so that it won't come unraveled it's not about me it's about helping someone else sewing is one of the jobs that I just like to do because I am also helping somebody else BISM keeps an associate weekly productivity report that includes the names of all associates and the operations that they complete every associate is required to meet a daily quota ensuring company efficiency each jacket takes approximately 65 minutes to complete and business strives to make thirty to thirty five hundred army jackets and six to seven thousand cold weather jackets each month and the production supervisor making sure every spot is filled with the person actually doing some work at every position everybody has a production sheet that they have to fill out that gives us their goal per hour and it gives us their percentage and we have some people that are up to a hundred and thirty four percent and we have some that are only doing 70 percent or 50 percent we try to work with anybody that's doing less than that to try to increase their production numbers after the jackets are complete a group of quality control associates look over the jackets to make sure there are no discrepancies if they find problems they are repaired and the jackets are packaged for delivery each jacket is individually packaged with a label that lists the gender size and product serial number 15 jackets are packaged in a box for shipping and then sent off at vism communication between associates is key busins integrated workforce of blind and sighted people must work together to get the products made and shipped everything done on the business production floor takes group effort teamwork is one of the five core values that BISM believes in and by helping each other everything gets done effectively and efficiently right now expediter and make sure everybody gets work bring work out from the warehouse and keep try to keep everything straight so nothing gets mixed up you know we're very close-knit like family out here we all we all get along very well on everything we we all try to help one another with no matter what goes on you know BISM prides itself on its focus to positively change our attitudes about blind people integrity honesty teamwork and open communication are all hallmarks of the biz embrowned those core values to me I mean that I have to produce good quality work and I'm able to help others to learn different operations because of its experience so this made me feel good about my job I absolutely love the people we're more like a family and here we look out for each other it takes determination and effort and you know just having a mindset that I can do this if they can do it I can do it and it's no harm and and asking for help if you need it but mostly BISM believes in the capabilities of all blind people visible vests in its associates by providing good jobs with good benefits so that together they can make a difference in our country BISM hopes to positively change the way our community is view blind people one military jacket at a time


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