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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,...

Hiring People With Disabilities Is Good Business

"For years, companies have maintained low expectations about hiring people with disabilities. Most of these companies believed that employees with disabilities could not perform well in the workplace and that actively hiring them would drag company performance and profits down.

Thankfully, over time, many employers have come to understand that these perceptions are untrue. And new research strongly suggests that the opposite — that...

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THE WORKPLACE

The perfect gift for people with disabilities? A job.

This holiday season, people are looking for the perfect gifts for loved ones. For millions of qualified, talented and dedicated Americans with disabilities, what they want is a job.

Our nation was founded on the principle that anyone who works hard should be able to get ahead in life. People with disabilities deserve an equal opportunity to earn an income and achieve independence...

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Manufacturing’s untapped workforce: People with disabilities

Columnist Neal St. Anthony recently shed light on a critical issue for Minnesota-based manufacturers — finding long-term workers (“Manufacturers seek future workforce,” Dec. 10). There are incredible programs across the state that are working to help close the skills gap and build a strong manufacturing workforce. At MDI, we’ve...

Your Gift Can Empower People

At MDI we focus on the strengths and talent of people with disabilities. Our team has made MDI a highly successful manufacturer of logistics containers and provider of services for dozens of business-to-business customers.

We are a sustainable nonprofit and a pioneer in social enterprise; the more products and services we deliver, the more jobs we create for people with disabilities.

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2018 CFO of the Year: Marv Hannon, Minnesota Diversified Industries Inc.

On November 15, MDI CFO Marv Hannon, was recognized at an award luncheon by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal as a CFO of the Year.  Below is an accompanying article. Congratulations to Marv and his dedication to MDI's mission of serving people with disabilities by offering inclusive employment opportunities and services. 

As the father of an adult son with disabilities, ...

Give to the Max

Each year, generous supporters like you celebrate Give to the Max Day by making your online donation on GiveMN.org. Your generosity on this day makes a difference far beyond the 24-hour giving event. Please join us on November 15, 2018, for Give to the Max Day and help us continue to change lives of people with disabilities....

Transforming our workforce by making it more accessible

Back in 2000, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce surveyed our business community in order to understand what challenges they were facing. We heard overwhelmingly that organizations and businesses were struggling to find people with the correct skill sets to fill available jobs – skills that did not require a four-year degree, but rather technical, vocational skills. As the president and...

Recognizing the contributions of workers with disabilities

My name is Steve Reinardy, and I was born with Familial Muscular Dystrophy and a stuttering defect – but that’s not how I define myself. I’ve always been motivated to learn and have a strong desire to succeed. Through hard work and getting the support I needed, I graduated from Hastings High School with a 3.7 GPA in 1990. Despite my successes in school, my adult life has been challenging because it’s hard for a person with disabilities to get a job...

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