MDI in Hibbing Hosts Open House, Looking to Hire 80

Updated: July 26, 2018 07:51 PM

Business is booming for MDI, Minnesota Diversified Industries. And it was evident on Thursday at an open house at the facility in Hibbing. Workers were busy putting together plastic totes for the U.S. Postal Service.


"There's a lot of work. The good news is, we just got a new order from the postal service to produce 2 million more totes. We've added 65 workes here, and we need another 80 people," explained Peter McDermott, president of MDI.

The new MDI in building is off Highway 37. They moved into in January. "We used to be downtown. We are excited to be in this 36,000 square foot building," McDermott added.

Workers like Julie Kauppinen like the change. "I love it. It's a nice place to work, a lot bigger. And not as hot!" She's been with MDI for 21 years.

Joe Vendetti explained his role. "I use a pallet jack, and have to wheel the pallets. When they are gone, I have to bring another one up."

MDI's makes it their mission to employ people with and without disabilities, and give everyone an inclusive workspace. "We've found that people with disabilities can make things easier. They actually show up to work on time, respect their co-workers, and work up to their productivity, which is often 100%. I'd advise other employers to employ people with disabilities. They make great employees," according to McDermott.

Hibbing got a new building this year. But their facilities in Cohasset and Grand Rapids have also gotten investment. In the past two years, MDI purchased a new building in Cohasset, where they focus on commercial customers. "We make products for Frito Lay, Amazon, and Nike. So that's going well too," McDermott said.

They invested in new equipment in Grand Rapids, which is where they make the plastic for the totes.

In all, 160 positions need to be filled on the Range and in Minneapolis, as the orders surge.

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