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Direct Support Professional Week

MDI recognizes National Direct Support Professional Week September 10 to 16. 

Human service professionals are crucial to supporting people with disabilities in the community.

To recognize the accomplishments and contributions made by direct support professionals to people with disabilities, MDI in the communities of Cohasset, Grand Rapids, Hibbing and the Twin Cities and the Minnesota...

Product Reusability and Durability Draw Attention

Recently, MDI corrugated plastics have received attention in several predominant, industry-leading trade publications. The concept of 'reusability' and 'durability' continue to be a trending topic, as people are looking towards longer-term packaging solutions. Below are the noted product features.


Ability Bash 2017

You're invited to MDI's Ability Bash, a party with a purpose! Join us at the magnificent Solar Arts Building in Northeast Minneapolis. Enjoy the killer cuisine of Chowgirls, a full bar, music by Jason Weismann, games, a vacation raffle, and live auction.  

Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Venue: Solar Arts by Chowgirls, 711 15th Ave NE, Mpls...

MOHR Honors Direct Support Professionals

Each year MOHR (Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation) honors Direct Support Professionals from across Minnesota for their exceptional, dedicated and caring service for people with disabilities. Individuals were nominated by their organization that represents the state’s non-profit providers of training and employment services. 

This year MDI nominated two people...

Inspiring America: To Honor His Father, Man Sews Flags For Military Caskets | NBC Nightly News

Aaron Alexander sews the stars and stripes onto American flags for a living, as he advocates for those with learning disabilities, like himself, to find employment. Watch his personal and touching story -

Source: [NBC News]. (2017, June 17). Inspiring America: To Honor His Father, Man Sews Flags For Military Caskets on Nightly News....

MDI Awarded $25,000 to Expand Workforce Development Program

MDI, a non-profit organization committed to an inclusive work environment for individuals with disabilities, has been awarded $25,000 from the Minnesota State Division of Academic and Student Affairs. This grant will be used to provide training, which focuses on personal and professional skill development, through the program Work Skills 101. This program offers participants with and without disabilities the opportunity to learn marketable skills...

MDI Honors Hibbing Graduates of In-House Training Program

A celebration was held at the MDI facility in Hibbing on Friday, July 14, to recognize nine MDI employees for their completion of Work Skills 101, an in-house training program developed and launched by MDI in April 2017. The celebration was for the second group of MDI employees to graduate the six-week, 13 session workforce development program.

“These individuals worked very hard during the Work Skills 101 program and spent time getting...

Tracy Promoted to Operations Manager Upon Retirement of Flesland

This month Gary Flesland retired as Operations Manager of the Hibbing facility after 44 years of service to MDI, effective July 7. Andy Tracy was promoted to the Hibbing Operations Manager position, filling the vacancy created by Flesland.

Rod Wood, MDI Vice President of Operations said, “We are sad to see Gary leave MDI. Gary joined us in 1973, as a warehouse...