Once National Industries for the Blind (NIB) was formed, the organization needed a leader, and American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) had the perfect candidate in mind for the prestigious post—Chester C. Kleber. Originally from Pennsylvania, Kleber was a strong business leader with good people skills. He had successfully managed many projects at AFB, including initiatives for the Works Progress Administration. Kleber became NIB’s first general manager in 1938, a position he held until an illness led him to resign in 1960. He passed away that same year, just one month after being awarded AFB’s Migel Medal for his accomplishments.
Below is a timeline of NIB's history. Click on a specific event title to read more.