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A Minnesota company grows while employing a wider array of workers

Plastics are playing a central role at a nonprofit that's helping hundreds of people — both with and without disabilities — have better lives.

Minnesota Diversified Industries Inc., a maker of plastic corrugated sheeting, totes and trays, is a Minneapolis-based social enterprise — an organization that makes money to do good — with four locations in the state.

About 90 percent of its nearly $40 million in sales last year came from...

New MDI File Boxes Deliver Durable, Economical Document Protection and Storage

MINNEAPOLIS, June 14, 2017 – File and document storage can seem like a simple task yet pose security and cost challenges, such as keeping documents dry and finding boxes that don’t need to be annually replaced every year. MDI offers a more economical solution with new polypropylene plastic file boxes.


MDI Breaks Ground on New Hibbing Facility

On Tuesday, MDI, broke ground on a new 35,000-square-foot plant that will replace their existing 100-year-old building in Hibbing. This facility will cost more than $5 million and is as part of a $9 million expansion of its northern Minnesota operations.

“The vision to build a more spacious and efficient facility for employees and operations in Hibbing is coming to life – it’s exciting times,” said...

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5K for Acceptance Color Run

The Annual 5K for Acceptance Color Run/Walk/Skate/Bike is a perfect example of people from the Grand Rapids community coming together in support of Special Olympics - Itasca County. Several MDI employees participated in this run to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics of Minnesota-Itasca Area. The event was held on June 3 with all participants being "splashed" with color along the route followed by a...

Hibbing Beautification Project

MDI's Gary Flasland and Andy Tracy assisted other community members at the Hibbing Chamber of Commerce Annual Beautification Project. Vans and U-Haul’s full of flowers were hung on light poles along Howard Street and 1st Avenue. Chamber members set the beautiful flowers at the base of the light poles while another crew placed them onto the poles.



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The Minnesota Orchestra visits MDI in Cohasset

The Sound of Music is the story of Maria Augusta von Trapp who said, "Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens."   On May 18, MDI employees and community members had the pleasure of listening and opening their hearts to a performance by the Minnesota Orchestra. The Orchestra performed at four separate locations in the community throughout the day, including MDI Cohasset where the woodwind players...
Hibbing Daily Tribune

Meet some of the graduates of WorkSkills 101

COHASSET, Minn. — MDI has announced that nine employees have successfully completed the inaugural cohort of WorkSkills 101. The Minnesota-based nonprofit social enterprise serves people with and without disabilities by offering inclusive employment opportunities and services.

“These inspiring individuals with and without disabilities volunteered to participate in the first iteration of the program, which was delivered in a six-week...