Plastics are playing a central role at a nonprofit that's helping hundreds of people — both with and without disabilities — have better lives.
Minnesota Diversified Industries Inc., a maker of plastic corrugated sheeting, totes and trays, is a Minneapolis-based social enterprise — an organization that makes money to do good — with four locations in the state.
About 90 percent of its nearly $40 million in sales last year came from plastics.
"We have an internal target to have approximately 50 percent of our employees with documented disabilities and 50 percent without because we do believe there should be an inclusive work environment and not to isolate these folks from the general population," Vice President of Operations Rodney Wood said.
"One of the words we like to use is inclusive. We treat all of our employees as employees. And, in fact, I don't know for sure who has a disability and who doesn't," CEO Peter McDermott said. "People with disabilities just want to be given an opportunity just like everyone else is."