Chain of Events

1969  Charter Issued.

1971  Began operations on East Street as “Eastern Carolina Industries for the Blind, Inc.”

1975  Name was changed to “Lions Industries for the Blind, Inc.” and moved to larger building at 500 East Lenoir Ave. Manufactured pallets and did sub-contract work.

1976  Began affiliation with National Industries for the Blind, and became eligible for orders from the Federal Government.

1979  Gun Swabs for small arms was assigned by National Industries for the Blind.

1980  First Gun Swab shipment was made to Government Supply Depots.

1981  Moved to newer facility at 2600 West Vernon Avenue. 1984 Completed small renovation project of closing in and air conditioning the plant.

1986  Completed major expansion to facilities; added 4100 square feet of production and administrative space.

1987  Made the first shipment of Maintenance Manual Cases to the government.

1988  Acrylic Scarf transferred to LIB from the Lighthouse for the Blind in New Orleans.

1989  Made the first shipment of Scarves to the government.

1990  The Infant Diaper was assigned to the industry in February. The first Diaper shipment was made in June.

1991  USMC Name and Service Tapes were assigned to LIB in November.

1995  Started manufacturing Mailing Bags in June with the first shipment being made in September.

1999  Approval for the manufacturing of Skid Boards.

2000 1st shipment of Skid Boards leaves facility.

2002 Moved to newer facility at 4126 Berkeley Avenue. Started Custom Screen-Printing and Embroidery.

2004 Started Manufacturing Cloth Canteen Covers.

2010 ISO 9001:2008 Certification, Certification No. A-702 attained on January 14, 2010


Providing employment opportunities for non-sighted persons in a work setting that affords both income and dignity to the individual, with no compromise on the quality of the product.