Businesses are feted by MOHR

The Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation (MOHR) has recognized 11 businesses throughout Minnesota as outstanding disability employers. Honorees consist of […]

Three recipients posing with their award.

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.” 

Group posing with award.
Man and a woman posing with their award.

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. 

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