Bush, McKnight Fund MDI Effort to Employ Disabled, Disadvantaged

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Minnesota Diversified Industries, Inc.

    MINNEAPOLIS, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Minnesota Diversified Industries,
 Inc. (MDI), a nonprofit contract manufacturer which exists to provide career
 opportunities for individuals who have disabilities or disadvantages that are
 barriers to employment, has received a $250,000 capital campaign grant from
 the Bush Foundation and a $150,000 workforce training grant from The McKnight
 Foundation.
     With the Bush grant, MDI is now 42 percent of the way toward a capital
 goal of $13.2 million to fund the 1998 purchase and renovation of its
 state-of-the-art East Metro Career Center in St. Paul.  It will use the
 McKnight grant to increase training and support services that help employees
 overcome mental, physical and socio-economic barriers that make it difficult
 to find and keep long-term, self-sustaining employment.
     A number of major corporations and foundations in the Twin Cities area
 have pledged support for the capital campaign.  "Individual contributors are
 another significant source of capital campaign contributions," said Betsy
 Jaros, vice president of Development and Communications.  "Community support
 helps disadvantaged members of society move away from dependence towards
 self-sufficiency and independence."
     MDI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, strives to operate a commercially viable and
 mostly self-sustaining enterprise by generating approximately 97 percent of
 its operating budget from service and light manufacturing contracts.  MDI
 reinvests profits in infrastructure and programs aimed at expanding the number
 of jobs it can provide to the disabled and disadvantaged.
     Capital campaign support like the Bush Foundation grant funds the
 314,460-square-foot MDI facility, located near the State Fairgrounds, that
 enables the company to increase jobs by capturing new business.  The facility
 houses state-of-the-art technology MDI uses to competitively provide
 manufacturing, packaging, inventory management, and order fulfillment services
 to government and commercial customers.
     The McKnight Foundation grant will support programs like
 English-as-a-second-language classes, diversity training, one-on-one job
 skills training, personal support services, and courses covering everything
 from attendance and dress codes to punctuality and teamwork.
 
     About MDI
     Founded in 1964, MDI is a nonprofit contract manufacturer that strives to
 provide career-creating education, training, and work experience to employees
 who have mental and physical disabilities or socioeconomic disadvantages.
 During fiscal year 2000, MDI provided year-round, living wage employment and
 benefits to approximately 650 workers.  Of these, sixty percent are disabled
 and 20-30% face significant economic or cultural disadvantages.
     The MDI East Metro Career Center is  a state-of-the-art industrial
 operation that provides quality manufacturing, packaging, inventory
 management, and order fulfillment services.  MDI also operates facilities in
 Minneapolis, Hibbing, and Grand Rapids.  For more information on MDI, visit
 http://www.mdi.org
 
 

SOURCE Minnesota Diversified Industries, Inc.
    MINNEAPOLIS, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Minnesota Diversified Industries,
 Inc. (MDI), a nonprofit contract manufacturer which exists to provide career
 opportunities for individuals who have disabilities or disadvantages that are
 barriers to employment, has received a $250,000 capital campaign grant from
 the Bush Foundation and a $150,000 workforce training grant from The McKnight
 Foundation.
     With the Bush grant, MDI is now 42 percent of the way toward a capital
 goal of $13.2 million to fund the 1998 purchase and renovation of its
 state-of-the-art East Metro Career Center in St. Paul.  It will use the
 McKnight grant to increase training and support services that help employees
 overcome mental, physical and socio-economic barriers that make it difficult
 to find and keep long-term, self-sustaining employment.
     A number of major corporations and foundations in the Twin Cities area
 have pledged support for the capital campaign.  "Individual contributors are
 another significant source of capital campaign contributions," said Betsy
 Jaros, vice president of Development and Communications.  "Community support
 helps disadvantaged members of society move away from dependence towards
 self-sufficiency and independence."
     MDI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, strives to operate a commercially viable and
 mostly self-sustaining enterprise by generating approximately 97 percent of
 its operating budget from service and light manufacturing contracts.  MDI
 reinvests profits in infrastructure and programs aimed at expanding the number
 of jobs it can provide to the disabled and disadvantaged.
     Capital campaign support like the Bush Foundation grant funds the
 314,460-square-foot MDI facility, located near the State Fairgrounds, that
 enables the company to increase jobs by capturing new business.  The facility
 houses state-of-the-art technology MDI uses to competitively provide
 manufacturing, packaging, inventory management, and order fulfillment services
 to government and commercial customers.
     The McKnight Foundation grant will support programs like
 English-as-a-second-language classes, diversity training, one-on-one job
 skills training, personal support services, and courses covering everything
 from attendance and dress codes to punctuality and teamwork.
 
     About MDI
     Founded in 1964, MDI is a nonprofit contract manufacturer that strives to
 provide career-creating education, training, and work experience to employees
 who have mental and physical disabilities or socioeconomic disadvantages.
 During fiscal year 2000, MDI provided year-round, living wage employment and
 benefits to approximately 650 workers.  Of these, sixty percent are disabled
 and 20-30% face significant economic or cultural disadvantages.
     The MDI East Metro Career Center is  a state-of-the-art industrial
 operation that provides quality manufacturing, packaging, inventory
 management, and order fulfillment services.  MDI also operates facilities in
 Minneapolis, Hibbing, and Grand Rapids.  For more information on MDI, visit
 http://www.mdi.org
 
 SOURCE  Minnesota Diversified Industries, Inc.