The Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation (MOHR) has recognized 11 businesses throughout Minnesota as outstanding disability employers. Honorees consist of companies large and small from all industries and all areas of the state. The common thread between them is that they all go above and beyond to support employees with disabilities, allowing them to thrive in the workforce.
“Hiring and retaining employees of all abilities strengthens diversity, fosters inclusion, and adds creative energy to the state’s workforce,” said Robin Harkonen, President of MOHR, and Executive Director of East Range DAC. “While thousands of businesses employ individuals with disabilities, our 11 honorees really do go above and beyond to ensure their employees are included and given opportunities to grow.”
MOHR’s Outstanding Disability Employer recognition coincides with National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Established by President Truman in 1945, the month served as a call for Americans with disabilities to be granted access to the opportunities and rewards of employment.
“Individuals with disabilities across Minnesota are able to gain independence, purpose, and community when they are included in the workforce,” said Harkonen. “Employment is an invaluable contributor to quality of life.”
The 2023 Outstanding Disability Employers are:
Team Industries – Audubon
Black Bear Casino – Cloquet
Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center – Duluth
Great Lakes Aquarium – Duluth
Mayo Clinic Laboratories – Rochester
White Bear Lake Schools – White Bear Lake
Fitness Evolution – Monticello
American Polywater – Stillwater
Juut Salon – Wayzata
Whole Foods – St. Paul
Todd Coulombe/Servicemaster – International Falls
MOHR also recently honored two supporters of disability employment. Rep. Jeff Brand was recognized for his leadership on the MOHR-championed extended employment legislation, and John Sherman was presented with the MOHR Extended Employment Outstanding Community Support Award.
Learn more at MOHR MN