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 beyond its primary products.

The Business Journal recently sat down with McDermott to discuss that mission and how he’s realized success. The following conversation has been edited for space and clarity.

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