WICHITA — Envision has closed a Kansas City manufacturing plant and laid off 21 people there and nine in Wichita, but new president and CEO Michael Monteferrante says he's instituting a restructuring that will position the nonprofit to flourish.
"Obviously, it's a very difficult and painful situation to lay off employees, especially blind (employees)," he says. "Sometimes it takes a very tough decision."
Monteferrante says the government's sequestration "has caused a reduction of revenue of about 36 percent at Envision, which is a tough situation because 92 percent of our revenue is generated through the United States military."
Although Envision has done what Monteferrante calls a "magnificent job" in expanding services for the blind and visually impaired, he says, "What we've done is we've remained very one dimensional on our revenue stream, which is making bags for the military."
Envision manufactures a variety of plastic bags.
"We have to focus on diversification," Monteferrante says. "We're not going to be so dependent on the government."