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ISD 318 opens transition learning center at MDI

Students with special needs in Independent School District (ISD) 318 will have a host of new opportunities when the new Quest Transition Program opens its doors on Feb. 25 at MDI. Quality Universal Education and Skills Training, or Quest, is a new program designed for students with special needs ages 18 to 21 to learn life skills through immersive educational experiences.

“We’re very...

Hibbing Daily Tribune

MDI WINS 2019 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Minnesota Diversified Industries expanded its business last year when relocating its building from a Greyhound bus terminal to a new 36,000 sq. ft. structure near the Range Regional Airport. The move allowed the nonprofit social enterprise to nearly double its size and provide better working conditions for its employees with disabilities who have produced more than 100 million totes and trays for the U.S. Postal Service over the past 25 years....

Minnesota's MDI expands with model that mainstreams workers with disabilities

CEO Peter McDermott of Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI) wasn’t looking for this job.

However, he took over the failing contract manufacturer nearly a decade ago from a dismissed manager and turned it into a growth company of 525 employees, including nearly half with developmental disabilities. 

MDI has plants in northeast Minneapolis, Hibbing, Grand Rapids and Cohasset.

“This is the best job I’ve ever had and I’...

MDI joins leading global trade organization

MDI recently announced that it is a member of INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, joining hundreds of companies in the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industry across the globe. With facilities in Minneapolis, Cohasset, Hibbing and Grand Rapids, MDI is a nonprofit manufacturer of corrugated standard and custom plastic packaging solutions, offering production assembly and environmental services....

Plastics Manufacturer MDI Completes Expansion at Minneapolis HQ

Minnesota Diversified industries, otherwise known as MDI, has kicked off the new year with a new look. The nonprofit, which manufactures corrugated plastic largely for packaging and environmental applications, celebrated this week the completion of an 11,000-square-foot addition to its Minneapolis headquarters facility.

The expansion, along with the approximately 40 employees added in the last year, reflects the company’s recent progress....

Minnesota Diversified CEO: Disabilities belong in the diversity discussion

Peter McDermott has been president and CEO of Minneapolis-based nonprofit Minnesota Diversified Industries for about a decade. During that time, he's helped the manufacturer grow to over 500 employees while keeping the company centered on its mission of providing jobs for people with disabilities. He's also leading a diversification push to expand its offerings...

Bins and Baskets for All Storage Needs

Product stocking and storing can be one of the most stressful aspects of warehouse management. Storing small parts and items can easily be forgotten about, even with the most organized systems. But, when those products are needed, they have to be easily found and readily transported.

How to get organized? Getting in the right mindset is the first step. One useful manufacturing concept hails from Japan, specifically the Toyota Motor Company,...

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