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Our differences make a stronger; inclusion makes us better.

The Unified Work coalition is leading the conversation about the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion that empowers people with disabilities. Organizations across Minnesota have committed to creating more conversation about this topic to ultimately provide more job opportunities for people with disabilities. Learn more about the coalition.

In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, read how a workplace who embraces all abilities, empowers diversity and fosters inclusion drives collaboration, communication and production.

Anthony Ybarra

Anthony Ybarra
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“A diverse work floor helps us to learn from each other. MDI employees are here to help one another learn the jobs and fit in to the team.” - Anthony enjoys assembling Fortune 500 company totes in Cohasset, Minnesota.

Nick Wilkie

Nick Wilkie
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“As someone with a disability, it’s important to see the strides MDI makes to change the perception of employment for all. People with disabilities want to work, have goals and live independent lives just like everyone else.” - Nick serves on MDI's Board of Directors.

Angela Anacker

Angela Anacker
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“MDI’s unique because they’ve taught us how to be more ‘open’ to other people’s differences and abilities. I’ve even gotten help building my resume and applying for jobs within MDI and outside MDI, all to better myself.” - Angela shown assembling Jet Brick's.

Cody Walker

Cody Walker
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“Diversity gives people with disabilities a fair chance. I’m more comfortable at MDI than I’ve been at other mainstream jobs.” - Cody states while running the printer for plastic packaging orders.

A Workplace

A Workplace

of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Jerimiah Specht

Jerimiah Specht
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“MDI has given me the chance to build my skills to make me a better employee. It’s important to teach new employees the rules so that they can grow their skills too.” - Jeremiah enjoys welding postal totes at Cohasset facility.

Jed Larson

Jed Larson
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“It’s important to anyone to have a meaningful life and feel needed. Having a diversified work force makes it a much more family orientated company.” - States Jed who oversee's Quality Control.

Mike Holmstrom

Mike Holmstrom
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“Ben P. is really good at stopping by and checking in with employees (with a big smile on his face). This encourages teamwork and friendship, which helps to unify the workplace.” - States Mike, Vice President of Grand Rapids Marine

Jennifer Hart

Jennifer Hart
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“MDI challenges and trains me to perform in different areas of the work floor. Everyone is more excepting of our disabilities. I’ve enjoyed Careers Skills 101 and am looking forward to starting 201.” - Says Jennifer, a Machine Operator in Hibbing.

Sarah Mathis

Sarah Mathis
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“They see past my disability and create an atmosphere that is more inclusive and nicer. The company allows you to work with a more dynamic team, not all one-sided. “ - Sarah mentions while assembling postal totes.

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Supporting

self-sufficiency

Devin Guilfoyle

Devin Guilfoyle
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“At MDI everyone is unique and accepts each other and works together with a good attitude most of the time. “ - Devin states while kitting and assembling customer products.

Tina Tweet

Tina Tweet
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“Being different is important, because it would be a boring world if we were all the same. MDI makes me feel included by giving me the chance to fold different boxes.” - Tina, who assists commercial plastics assembling.

Mike Finken

Mike Finken
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“Our individual talents, weaknesses and strengths make for a stronger team. “ - Mike states while checking the production line.

Maggie & Matt Hagman

Maggie & Matt Hagman
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“A diverse work force elevates all employees involved. People with more challenges strive to improve when they see coworkers that may be more successful in their job duties. Those without challenges, learn patience and compassion for their coworkers who may struggle a bit more. MDI allows people of all abilities to contribute, feel valued, and financially support themselves in an inclusive work setting.” - Parents of Sam Hagman, MDI Cohasset employee.

Darlene Hastings

Darlene Hastings
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“I work with a partner that helps me if I need it and work with other people to help each other out and make totes. Nice people to work with.” - States Darlene as she assembles postal totes.

Caden Kocheuar

Caden Kocheuar
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“We work side by side with everyone, some people with disabilities and some without. Everyone helps each other to get the job done.” - Says Caden while folding postal trays.

Ahmed Ali

Ahmed Ali
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“MDI is a good place to work and wants everyone to succeed. If you don’t understand something, asking questions is all you need to do and Leads are there to help. I’ve never worked at a place that was so supportive of people with disabilities.” - Stated Ahmed while kitting and assembling.

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Khalil Riendeau

Khalil Riendeau
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“At MDI, employees get a lot of help and we’re accepted for who we are and what we do. Together, we are a great team!” - Stated Khalil, recent Career Skills 201 graduate.

Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson
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“Having a diverse workforce teaches important lessons and really opens people’s eyes to the value people with disabilities bring to the team. Everyone helps each other, and after time, the disability is virtually nonexistent. Having a job helps to build a person’s self-worth, purpose and self-esteem.”

Julie Carpenter

Julie Carpenter
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“ It’s important to get to know people and see how we are different so we can be team players. MDI helps me to do the things they know I can do.” - Julie says while taking a break from folding postal totes.

Stacy Masog

Stacy Masog
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“Overcoming our differences is what makes us a great team. We all feel like a family. The company keeps all of employees in the loop and communication is good. It makes everyday a new experience.” - Says Stacy who is a Line Lead and provides supports for all employees.

Scott Schifsky

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“Having different people is important to a company’s growth, because people can contribute different ideas. MDI not only supports employees on the work floor, but outside of MDI too, depending on the person’s needs.” - States Scott, who assists with product testing for Fortune 500 customer.

Dane Beise

Dane Beise
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“Here, my idea’s matter. Even if they are not used, they’re at least a discussion to find the right course of action. It’s a “family-like” culture here, something I’ve never seen. Everyone cares about their job and for others, picking each other up when we need to.“ - States Dane who's a Quality Assurance Tech.

Ed Nardone

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“MDI supports me when I have a problem; there’s always someone to help me work through that problem.” - Says Ed, a sorter on the recycling line.

Leanne Miller

Leanne Miller
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“I feel less stressed here. I can become overwhelmed easy, but don’t feel that here. I get to try different things and learn skills. I even enrolled in next Career Skills class to help me learn about possibly working out tin the community.“ - Leanne says while sonic welding a corrugated plastic container.

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Driving

Collaboration, Communication & Production

Sherri Nobs

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“I feel included, because MDI gives me chances to do new things and there’s always someone to answer my questions if I have any.” States Sherri while folding commercial totes.

Bruce Holm

Bruce Holm
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“Everyone is equal no matter their gender, race, ethnicity or disability. We’re all imperfect pieces of a puzzle, but put together, we make a perfect picture.” - Stated Bruce shown focusing on commercial plastics.

Scovia Inimah

Scovia Inimah
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“Working here is so fulfilling. You get to embrace different people and interact with people from all walks of life despite their religion race gender or disability status. When employees share experiences about life, and the challenges people experience and what it means to be part of the MDI team, there is nothing better than that.”

Margaret Saw

Margaret Saw
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“Working at MDI is a source of pride for me. Before coming here I always thought that people with disabilities couldn’t work, but that is not the case. We all work side by side and we all work very hard every day.”

John Meyer

John Meyer
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“Everyone’s working together to make MDI an accepting and supportive place for all. The diversity fosters creativity and new ideas by sharing life experiences different than our own. It encourages us to think in ways that bring people together to create solutions to challenges and opportunities as a team.”

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Edna Munoz

Edna Munoz
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“I’ve noticed diverse teams perform better. The most successful teams we’ve had draw from varied backgrounds and life experiences. “

Scott Stelzner

Scott Stelzner
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“All employees have an opportunity to see firsthand the challenges of individuals unlike themselves, which makes them more understanding of each other’s differences. The teamwork, positivity, mutual respect, and cohesive effort to achieve the organization’s goals are amazing - unlike anything I’ve experienced elsewhere.”

Together, We Are Unified Work