Envision announced this week that it was outsourcing some of its printing business to Wichita’s Midwest Single Source.
Envision, based in Wichita, employs and provides services to the blind and those with low-vision issues.
Midwest Single Source will handle Envision’s commercial printing of catalogs, brochures and other marketing collateral and informational materials.
The printing work came to Envision as a consequence of its related business-card printing business, said Mike Montana, Envision’s senior vice president of strategic business development, but it requires a significant investment in equipment and doesn’t advance the company’s core mission of employing the blind and others with serious vision limitations.
Envision will hold on to the business-card printing operation, which, at 3 million business cards a month, is the largest producer of business cards for the federal government.
Outsourcing the printing work will cost the jobs of seven Envision employees, none of whom is blind or has low vision. Montana said those employees are being offered positions elsewhere in the company.
Although it is cutting the printing work, Envision is pursing several new lines of business with strong markets that it said would add jobs for blind and low-vision workers.
Those products include:• A recyclable biodegradable tablecloth that is already being sold by a tablewear company called Susty Party.
• The Aquapad “sandless sandbag.” The products are absorbent pads packed in a sturdy case designed to mop up and block water.
• Highly reflective pet collars and leashes.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Montana said. “And we’ve got more stuff coming that is in keeping in with our mission to create jobs for the blind and those with low vision.”