Beyond Vision is one of only two machine shops in the United States that is run by people who are blind.
Home to Milwaukee Electric Tool until 1965, the building at 5316 W. State Street has a neo-classical façade on a brick production facility. The location is the fifth home for Beyond Vision since 1903. This includes one of only two machine shops in the United States that is run by people who are blind. Many people who drive along State Street to go to Saz’s or the Miller Brewery Tour may have noticed the Blind Pedestrian signs or the Beyond Vision logo sign with a blind figure in front of the building. Not many people have any idea what happens inside. Over the years, the building has provided people who are blind in Milwaukee with employment opportunities with competitive wages, excellent benefits, an inclusive environment, and the opportunity for career advancement.
Currently in the U.S., the unemployment rate for people who are blind is 70%. Beyond Vision is a 501 (c) (3) self-funded, not-for-profit company with the mission to enrich the lives of people who are blind through the dignity of work valued by customers and the community. Beyond Vision has offered manufacturing services to customers in the area since its beginning, and, over the past 100 years, has expanded to offer fulfillment, assembly, packaging, and customer care services. Beyond Vision serves customers that include Briggs & Stratton, Harley-Davidson, GenMet, Caterpillar, Oshkosh Defense, R&B Wagner, GE, the State of Wisconsin, and the Federal Government.
Now Beyond Vision is expanding! Our current building is too small so Beyond Vision purchased a new building in West Allis. A former Sam’s Club, this facility will support the future growth of Beyond Vision’s mission, as well as provide co-location space for several key organizations serving Wisconsin residents with vision loss or blindness. We invite you to be a part of our expansion. Learn more about the project and how you can donate.