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Helping Hands

You remember your last big conference, right? You arrived and grabbed a coffee and a tote bag containing the materials you’d refer to throughout the event. As the keynote speaker was being introduced, you dipped into the bag and retrieved the day’s agenda, a pen, and a pad of paper, all imprinted with conference branding. A few hundred of your fellow conference participants got identical bags stuffed with the same stack of materials.

How...

4 Ways Packaging Can Fulfill Needs

October is National Disabilities Employment Awareness month and a good time to remind packaging professionals of their options in providing jobs and fostering new career paths for qualified people who face barriers to employment because of disabilities.

 Three years ago, Packaging Digest recognized this occasion by profiling the new-at-the-time...

Measuring our humanity: the disability equality index

Like cream, Minnesota always rises to the top in quality-of-life rankings. Our virtues were validated again when the U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Minnesota second in the nation for opportunity. Yes, opportunity. In the case of U.S. News, it’s a catchall term for indicators of upward mobility.

For people with disabilities, opportunity affords hope. It’s a big, buoyant word that promises dignity, self-reliance and...

Week 3: 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...

Week 2 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...

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...

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