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Week 1 Recap: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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...

Scene + Heard: Ability Bash

Star Tribune Scene + Heard: Ability Bash
Guests at the Ability Bash were treated to gourmet cuisine and live music in the Solar Arts Building in northeast Minneapolis. The evening also featured employees and beneficiaries of Minneapolis-based nonprofit MDI, originally Minnesota Diversified Industries. The 50-year-old light manufacturer and packager employs more than 300 workers, about half of whom have disabilities. The...

MDI Shines Spotlight on Value of Inclusive Work Environments

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 2, 2017 – Nearly 12 percent of the U.S. population lives with a disability, but people with disabilities are employed at just half the rate of those without. In observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, MDI aims to help change that. A plastics manufacturer, production services provider and social enterprise, MDI provides an inclusive, supportive environment to employees with and without disabilities. To further the...

In Memory of Dale Majerus

Barb Majerus reported on Caring Bridge Dale's passing at 4:14 a.m. Saturday morning with his family by his side. He bravely fought brain cancer for 26 months. 

As most of you know, Dale was the director of human resources at MDI and member of the senior management team. Among his many accomplishments in nine years at MDI, Dale was instrumental in leading efforts to...

Habitat For Humanity Women Build Day

Several MDI employees - Dawn, Jennifer, Stacy, and Michelle - put on their workboots and participated in the Habitat for Humanity Women Build Day on September 13, 2017. The activity was featured in the Hibbing Daily Tribune, excerpt below.

Extra Hands at Habitat House 
HIBBING — “Fonz” had a full day of supervising the humans at the Habitat for...

Replace Corrugated Paper With Reusable Corrugated Plastic

Recently, MDI was featured in Modern Materials Handling with the focus again around our corrugated plastic's reusability a concept that continues to be hot in the industry. Below is the feature.

Replace corrugated paper with reusable corrugated plastic boxes 
A line of corrugated plastic boxes is a cost effective alternative and long-lasting replacement for corrugated cardboard. Manufactured from...

Governor Dayton Proclaims DSP Recognition Week in Minnesota


Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed September 10 – September 16 Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week in Minnesota.

The week is an annual national celebration of the tremendous contributions DSPs make to the people they care for and their broader communities. Governor Dayton has issued the...

And the Winner Is...

Thank you for joining us at Ability Bash 2017. 

Your support is important to MDI achieving our goal of 1000 employees, approximately 50% of whom will be people with disabilities in next three years. Your contribution recognizes people with disabilities deserve the opportunity to be productive members of our community.

Over the next couple days,  we will post event pictures and more. But for now, a...