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Twin Cities Business Features MDI & St. Thomas Study Identifying Hiring Bias Against Individuals with Disabilities

A new study released by University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business and local nonprofit manufacturing company MDI confirms what most of us probably suspect: individuals with disabilities face implicit bias when it comes to trying to enter the workforce.  
 
“Companies seem to have a tough time figuring out how to work with people with disabilities,” says Peter...

MDI adds 160 jobs at locations across Minnesota

MDI has begun filling 160 positions across all its locations (Grand Rapids, Cohasset, Hibbing, and Minneapolis) due to a surge in postal service orders coupled with a steady increase in commercial sales.

MDI manufactures standard and custom corrugated plastic and provides assembly and environmental services. The organization currently employs more than 400 people, with nearly half of its workforce comprised of people with disabilities....

Special Olympics Athletes Take Team-Building Skills from the Field to the Workplace

Mike Madden is a goal-driven employee and gold-medal athlete. He knows the importance of staying focused. Being productive at work and scoring during Special Olympics competitions give him similar feelings of achievement.

"It feels like you pretty much went out and accomplished something," he said.

Jay Hannon is a national...

A Purposeful Life

Stroke Survivor Finds Purpose, Strength in a Manufacturing Career

In March 2009, David Johnson suffered a deep stroke that damaged a large area of the right side of his brain, which affected movement on the left side of his body. After three months of intensive physical therapy, he learned to walk again. It took a year for him to learn to write with his non-dominant hand, along with a lot of speech therapy, so he could...

Hibbing Facility to Host an Open House

Tour our new facility & see how the products directly impact the lives of people with disabilities.

For over 50 years, non-profit MDI has created self-sufficiency by providing meaningful employment in an inclusive environment with nearly half of the employees people with disabilities. Tour our new facility and see how our Social Enterprise model is making a difference in the community.

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MinnPost

In a tight labor market, Minnesota employers look to an under-utilized labor pool: workers with disabilities

On the main floor of the Minneapolis-based Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI), Karen Howson is busy arranging piles of flat plastic sheets and transferring them to a nearby production line.

From there, her co-workers fold the sheets and then carefully place them under sonic welding machines to form corrugated plastic mail trays that will eventually go to the United States Postal Service....

Groups Sue To Halt Damaging Cuts To Disability Services Individuals and provider advocacy organizations argue state must uphold current rates

Below is a press release published by ARRM and MOHR distributed June 12, 2018. Full release can be found here

Groups Sue To Halt Damaging Cuts To Disability Services
Individuals and provider advocacy organizations argue state must uphold current rates

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