WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A federal judge is keeping in place contracts that allowed a North Carolina company to employ dozens of blind workers.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports ( ) the judge ruled Friday that it’s in the public interest to allow IFB Solutions to continue to employ nearly four dozen blind and severely handicapped workers until the case is resolved.

At stake is $15 million in annual revenue for the nonprofit group formerly known as Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind Inc.

The group’s Winston-Salem optical lab is in the middle of a dispute between the U.S. Veterans Administration and the New Jersey company that has a contract to manufacture eyeglasses for the agency.

The ruling means the VA is not allowed to change its current contract.

Information from: Winston-Salem Journal,

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.