Maryland Stadium Authority and Blind Industries and Services of Maryland Develop New Partnership

Nov 20, 2013, 08:00 ET from Blind Industries and Services of Maryland

BALTIMORE, Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM), a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit company headquartered in Baltimore that employs and trains blind people of all ages, has developed a partnership with the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) in recent months, and now is a key provider of Janitorial-Sanitation products for Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium.

The partnership was six years in the making and has included the hard work of numerous people, including MSA's John Samoryk, Oriole Park's Suzanne Chaconas, M&T Bank Stadium's Bart Shifler and the sales team of BISM, led by Sales Director Gregg Kalifut.

"BISM is pleased to demonstrate our broad range of product and resource capabilities with a great partner like the Maryland Stadium Authority," Kalifut said.     

The MSA and BISM partnership creates employment opportunities, including sales and customer service positions, for blind and low vision people. BISM has three salesmen servicing the MSA facilities: Charles Collier (M&T Bank Stadium), Rick Thompson (Oriole Park) and Tom Owens (MSA and stadium operations).

"The Maryland Stadium Authority is pleased to contract with Blind Industries and Services of Maryland to provide materials for the Camden Yards complex," noted Chairman John Morton III. "We have a long-standing commitment to work with the physically challenged and disadvantaged. This is one more way we are able to partner with a Maryland agency that serves them."

BISM provides the following Jan-San products used at the MSA facilities for Ravens and Orioles games plus other live events: toilet tissue, Green Seal foaming soap, seat covers, and a printed linen towel (coming soon).

About Blind Industries and Services of Maryland

Established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1908, BISM offers innovative life skills training programs and services free of charge for blind Marylanders of all ages. BISM also provides diverse employment opportunities for 530 associates, the majority of whom are blind or low vision, and manufactures more than 150 products at our locations in Baltimore, Cumberland, Salisbury, and Raleigh (NC). To learn more about Blind Industries and Services of Maryland, visit or call 410-737-2600.

Contact: Rob Ennamorato
Communications Specialist

SOURCE Blind Industries and Services of Maryland