A Minnesota company known for its work in helping people with disabilities find steady work is getting some help to expand.
Grants from the Blandin Foundation, the Department of Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation, the Otto Bremer Trust and Enbridge will help Minnesota Diversified Industries Inc. buy a new profile extruder for polypropylene to support growth at its Grand Rapids, Minn., plant.
With the extruder, MDI will be able to make its own extruded sheet and sell sheet to other companies. Currently it buys sheet, which it converts into boxes, trays and totes for commercial customers.
A news release from the Blandin Foundation says the extruder will be capable of creating 5 million PP sheets per year and create 75 jobs.
"Our continued support of MDI has brought immeasurable benefits and impact to our community, particularly people with disabilities," said Tuleah Palmer, president and CEO of the Blandin Foundation. "We were excited to be able to support this long-term investment in growth and ultimately in the people of Grand Rapids."
You can check out this story from a few years ago by Jim Johnson to find out more about MDI and its work.