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Every day, people with disabilities can and do make important contributions to businesses.

Rather than be defined by their disability, these individuals are the sum of their many life roles -- which includes working at a job they love. MDI creates self-sufficiency by providing meaningful work in an inclusive environment, with nearly half of the workforce comprised of people with disabilities, working side-by-side. Meet 31 of MDI's own.

Racheal
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I like MDI because everyone is an employee, able to earn wages and benefits, and have opportunities to perform and learn a variety of jobs. I am impressed with how positive, friendly, and helpful everyone is at MDI. I consider it an honor to serve as a board member. As a person with a disability, I believe everyone has talents and gifts to share and everyone deserves a good life. Having a job contributes to having a good life!
Mike: Extrusion Process Tech
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It is important for people with disabilities to have a job, so that they are able to gain the empowerment of employment. I like being part of a team as an individual and feeling good about being part of that team. I like working at MDI because I enjoy being part of a team, with an important mission.
Meaningful Employment

for All People

Kristie: Hand Assembler
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I like working at MDI because the variety of jobs I learn, most recently, I learned data entry and now help with time keeping. I believe it is important for folks with disabilities to have employment and to have the opportunity to learn new job skills, also be able to interact and develop friendships with others. Employee of 28 years.
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self-sufficiency

Trevor: Material Recovery
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MDI is a cool place to work, because I get to work with friends as a team every day. Employment is important, so that a person can buy groceries, pay rent, go shopping, and do things with friends.
Elizabeth: Line Lead
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What I like about working for MDI is to see people learn new skills and grow! I believe it is important for folks with disabilities to have employment because it gives them the opportunity to live a life like everyone else - learning work skills, earning a paycheck, and paying bills!
Shaunna: Material Recovery
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I joined the Hired Hands crew 18.5 years ago - and it’s been my only job! I have liked working with everyone throughout the years and meeting new people along the way. I have done a variety of duties at MDI, which include sorting recyclables, assisting on the paper shredder, folding totes, and occasionally working on the cleaning crew. I think it’s important to have a job, so that you can take vacations, go bowling and to the movies with friends.
Ron: Hand Assembler
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I like the opportunity to learn new skills and how to run different machines. It is important for folks with disabilities to have employment, so they can begin to believe in themselves! Employee of 15 years.
Marv: CFO
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My adult son has autism and as a parent, I was drawn to MDI, based on the mission. The employment of nearly 50% of MDI’s workforce involving adults with disabilities, who are paid at least minimum wage plus benefits, brings a big smile my face knowing the impact MDI has in multiple communities. I hope that my son will someday join MDI as an employee and experience what MDI has to offer. 
Steve: Hand Assembler
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What I like most about MDI is the opportunity to learn and continuously improve my work skills, something I can’t do everywhere. I believe it is important for folks with disabilities to have employment, so they can continue to learn new work skills, too. MDI Employee of 33 years.
Mandie: HR Assistant
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Without employment, people with disabilities would sit at home, lonely, and disconnected. I have a brother-in-law with a disability and him having a job gives him a sense of purpose, pride, and self-worth. I like working with the population we serve and being part of a workplace that makes a difference.
Mike: Production Material Handler

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I feel employment is important for everyone because you have to have money for your bills, for food, and you need money to do things that you enjoy - like hunting. Employee of MDI for 18 years.
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Colton: Extrusion Process Tech
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I enjoy being a leader and teaching the new employees how to do the job, along with being someone they can look up to. I feel at home at MDI, unlike other jobs. I think that employment for individuals with disabilities is important because it gives value to life, structure, and a sense of self-worth that everyone should experience.
Matt: Hand Assembler
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I really enjoy the jobs and friends I have made, plus folding and welding different totes and trays at MDI. I think it is important to have a job, so that you can make your own money.
Kaleb: Machine Assembler
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I like MDI because it gives employees room to grow and learn by guiding us through our mistakes to make us better employees. I also feel that employment gives people the chance to feel needed and valued in the workplace. Everyone needs to have those daily interactions and a boost in self-esteem.
Charlene: Production Worker
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Everyone I work with is a “team player!” Employment is important for people with disabilities because of the social factor, making their own money, and jobs provide some independence. If a person didn’t have a job, they may never meet people outside their circle of family or their homes.
Steve: Janitor
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What I like is the support I receive for my job, also the resources provided to assist me with succeeding outside of work. Having set hours helps me coordinate transportation. It is important for people with disabilities to have employment opportunities to show employers in the community they are also capable of working in a variety of occupational settings. Having a job also increases a person’s self-esteem, too!
Empowering

individual ability

Patricia: Hand Assembler
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For me employment has really built my self-esteem, there are not many companies that will hire people with disabilities. I like that I can work hours that suite my life and that MDI hires and provides supports to individuals with disabilities.
Missy: Hand Assembler
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I like working at MDI, because the hours are accommodated to my needs. Plus, I like the people that I work with, and just the job in general. I like MDI, because it is a place where people with disabilities are able to work - just like everyone without disabilities.
Jim: Hand Assembler
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I like working at MDI, because I like what I am doing. I like making EMM totes and 1257’s. It is real work. And people with disabilities have the same right to work as everyone else!
Roger: Material Recovery
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Employment is important to me, so you have money to buy gas for your car, groceries, and can do things like fishing and go to the movies. I agree that working builds confidence, improves skills, and abilities.
Doris: Hand Assembler
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I like working at MDI, because I get to see my friends and get a paycheck, so I can buy things and go on trips! I am a 20 year employee at MDI.
Joe: Hand Assembler
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I love everything about working at MDI! I like meeting new people and folding totes and boxes with my friends. I really like making money too! I spend some money on what I want and if I have to, try and save some. I think everyone needs to work, so they earn money to buy the things they want and need.
Meaningful employment

for all people with disabilities

Korey: Hand Assemblers
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I like the people and the management at the Hibbing MDI, that’s why I like working there!  When I’m not at work you can find me in my garage making lamps, clocks, walking sticks, and other beautiful products from Diamond Willow! It’s my hobby that I’m hoping to someday grow into my own business. It’s important for me to work to be around people.
Mike: Material Recovery
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I like getting paid a competitive wage over piece rate. Working offers me a chance to make a good wage, have friends, and afford everything needed to live a good life.    
Cindy: Hand Assembler
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I like working at MDI, because I like meeting new nice people! It’s important for me to have a job, because I earn money to buy yarn and needles, so I can crochet more things!
Julie: Hand Assembler
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I like working at MDI, because I like the pay and the vacation time. I like going on vacations occasionally, and I am a huge shopaholic! I think people should work, so they get to know different people, try out new things, get paid, and earn money for themselves Employee of MDI for 20 years.
Sandi: Safety Specialist
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I really like the people I work with at MDI. I feel that employment is important for people with disabilities, because they’re no different than any of the rest of us. We all want to feel like we have something valuable to contribute whether it’s knowledge, strength, or talent, and we all want to be recognized for the things we do well. Everybody has a right to feel important and appreciated. Employee of MDI for 23 years.
Dorothy: Hand Assembler
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I enjoy MDI because is accommodating to what my needs are. And, having employment makes me feel like I am worth something at a place that is accepting of a diverse group.
Tony: Hand Assembler
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I like working at MDI, because I like the job and the people, and have made a lot of friends here over the years. It’s good to have a job to make money, to pay my bills, and to buy things that I want and need.
Randy: Production Worker
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I really like working at MDI because of the people! I have met some really good, really nice people! And I think that employment for people with disabilities is important, because it gives them the opportunity to see what they are good at, and maybe it is something that they are really good at, they can advance.
Marcus: Material Recovery
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I enjoy working at MDI, because I get to work with a lot of new and old friends every day. I really like going on recycle pick-up routes and working on the cleaning crew. I think employment for people with disabilities is important so that you learn new things and are able to buy things that you want.