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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...

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....

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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....

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Segregation and inequality persist among Minnesotans with disabilities, study says

Nineteen years after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling opened the doors to integration, thousands of Minnesotans with disabilities continue to live and work in segregated settings that keep them in poverty and limit their daily autonomy.

These are among the principal findings of the state’s first comprehensive survey examining the quality of...

Over $43K Raised for Special Olympics MN to Support People with Disabilities

It takes courage, bravery and a little bit of crazy to be a Polar Plunger. Plungers put it all on the line as they jump to frozen glory to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota (SOMN).

The funds raised benefit more than 8,200 SOMN athletes as they train, compete and transform themselves, their communities and the world.

Of course, MDI was up for the...

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 - https://youtu.be/iZr3C9juggQ.

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

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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