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Industries of the Blind Visits Zebra Pen Manufacturing Facility
Edison, NJ— Representatives from Industries of the Blind (IOB Greensboro) – Greensboro, NC and Alphapointe – Kansas City, MO visited one of Zebra Pen’s manufacturing facilities in Monterrey, Mexico, July 18 through July 20, 2017. The purpose of the visit was to enhance the partnership between Zebra Pen and the greater National Industries for the Blind (NIB) organization.
Trip attendees included Industries of the Blind’s, Richard Oliver (Director of Sales, Marketing and Business Development); Alphapointe’s, Ryan Williams (Vice President, Sales and Marketing)’ as well as Zebra Pen’s, Clem Restaino (President), John Jurgens (Vice President of Sales), Chris Farley (Director of Operations), and Brian Kerrigan (National Sales Manager).
Alphapointe and IOB Greensboro are members of the greater National Industries for the Blind Organization. IOB Greensboro manufactures and markets gel ink pens under the brand name, SKILCRAFT® using Zebra Pen components. These components are shipped to IOB’s manufacturing facilities and assembled by IOB Greensboro personnel. The SKILCRAFT® brand is a top 20 brand in the commercial market.
“It gives us great pleasure to partner with an organization like Industries of the Blind (of Greensboro, NC),” said Clem Restaino, President of Zebra Pen Corporation. “Over the last 3 years, we’ve strengthened our relationship by providing quality writing instruments in the marketplace. IOB Greensboro’s recent visit to our Monterrey manufacturing facility provided a forum for an inter-active exchange of ideas and process efficiencies. We recognize Industries of the Blind as a beacon of hope and opportunity in the community, and we look forward to continued success with the SKILCRAFT® brand.”
The trip allowed representatives of the NIB organization to review Zebra Pen’s manufacturing processes with hopes of duplicating best practices in their own manufacturing facilities.
Richard Oliver, from IB Greensboro stated, “It is always a pleasure and eye-opening when visiting the manufacturing facility of a supplier/partner. The capabilities that you see, that before you did not know about, helps to create new ideas for opportunities of business. That is what I saw when visiting the Zebra Pen facility in Mexico. This along with the openness of the staff both managing the plant as well as performing the actual operations made for a more exciting and productive trip.”
Over the years of the partnership, Zebra Pen has been committed to Industries of the Blind, Greensboro’s vision of eliminating all barriers for people who are blind or visually impaired. This trip strengthened that partnership and was a powerful reminder of that ultimate mission.
About Zebra Pen Corporation
Zebra Pen Corporation was founded in New York in August 1982 as an independent corporation wholly owned by Zebra Co., Ltd., of Tokyo, Japan. A New Jersey-based writing instrument manufacturer, Zebra Pen Corporation’s mission is to distribute products that are of the highest quality, providing value to customers and meeting their overall writing needs with a wide variety of writing instruments. Zebra Pen Corporation offers a full line of writing instruments, including ball point pens, gel pens, roller ball pens, mechanical pencils, and highlighters. Today, with over 115 years of excellence behind them, Zebra Pen Corporation is leading the way with a wide range of quality writing products including the Steel®, Sarasa®, Z-Grip® and Cadoozles® brands. For more information, visit www.ZebraPen.com.