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MMI Employers of the Year

Each year MMI applauds the successes of the people we serve and thanks the employers that help make their successes possible. At MMI’s annual meeting on December 12th, two area employers & one are community partner were honored for their contributions.

Businesses play a very important part in the training we provide. Each year, MMI recognizes employers who have had considerable involvement by empowering the individual abilities of those with barriers to employment.  This In addition to helping people work, MMI also supports people to lead integrated lives in their communities in other ways. Whether the individual is developing life skills or building a social network, the businesses, organizations, and members of the community play a critical role. This year, for the first time, MMI will recognize an outstanding community partner who has supported the people we serve to become more independent.. Employers & Community Partner of the Year honorees are:

Manufacturing Employer of the Year – 2016
Packaging Corporation of America (PCA)

pca-employer-of-the-year-award-12-12-16Our association with PCA began in 2010, when MMI began producing the Symmetry Medical partition.  This contract provided a great deal of work for people served by MMI.  But PCA is more than a manufacturing partner. They are a community employer as well. PCA also has crews working onsite at their plant in Edmore. It began with one crew covering one shift and has now expanded to six crews covering all three shifts.

 Recently MMI partnered with PCA to complete assembly of boxes for Fathead – a manufacturer of large vinyl wall clings. The contract was fast and furious, but the sense of pride and accomplishment felt by the people we serve in learning and completing new work was worth every minute. This contract exemplified the range of manufacturing skills that the people we serve have been able to develop in connection with this contract and their partnership helps us to achieve our mission. The people we serve value the opportunity to earn a paycheck and to complete meaningful work.


Community Employment Employer of the Year – 2016
Central Michigan University (CMU)

cmu-employer-of-the-year-award-for-mmi-12-12-16MMI began working with CMU doing grounds maintenance in 1988; almost 30 years ago.  Our crew works April thru November to keep the CMU grounds litter and trash free. CMU has also hired crews to:

    –  Prepare for commencement ceremonies        

    –  Clean up after home football games               
    –  Deliver the CM Life newspapers (1999)       
    –  Prepare batteries for safe disposal       
                                                              –  Provide curbside recycling for their family housing units       
                                                               –  Sort recycling and compostable waste at the football stadium       
                                                               –  Provide on-demand snow shoveling
Over the years CMU has provided the opportunity for countless individuals to gain vocational skills, independence, and be part of their community. We appreciate their commitment to ensuring the success of those working there, their partnership in helping people develop skills, and their commitment to including people with disabilities as part of their diverse workforce .  We look forward to continued partnership for many more years.

Community Partner of the Year – 2016
North Woods Nursing Center

cherie-adam-community-partner-of-the-year-award-12-12-16MMI has had a partnership with North Woods Nursing Center since 2003.  Over the past 13 years, we have developed a long term relationship through our Community Connections program. The staff and residents at North Woods know the people we serve by name. When our group arrives, they are greeted with a warm smiles and welcoming conversation. Persons served feel very welcomed and enjoy sharing a variety of activities. The activities and level of involvement continues to grow, but whether it is Carnival Day or Glamour Shots, we are involved and included.  On behalf of the people we serve, we would like to thank you for all your involvement and for making a difference in so many lives.



Manufacturing Employer of the Year – 2015
Solar Ez 

Solar Ez 2016Solar Ez is a company that was created by two brothers, Tad and Tim Robertson.  MMI has worked with them since 2000, soon after they invented the “Solar Saddle”.   Production of the Solar Saddles was first completed in MMI’s Gratiot location, and then moved to Clare in the fall of 2009.  Together we have seen the production grow and even do some shipping internationally. The partnership developed between MMI and Solar Ez has provided opportunities for the people served by MMI to develop several new skill sets such as, assembly, hand eye coordination, using power tools, sorting, counting and packaging to name a few and we greatly appreciate every opportunity.

The relationship between Solar Ez and MMI has been extremely valuable. Together over the past 15 years, we have been able to expand distribution throughout the United States and into Canada.  With plans to expand even more..


Community Employment Employer of the Year – 2015
Mobile Medical Response (MMR)

MMR 2016Through MMI’s Community Employment Program we have developed a strong association with the MMR.  MMI began working with MMR one day a week in 2004. 

Over the years, MMR has provided employment opportunities for a crew work that completed floor care and janitorial services. Presently MMR supports a crew of three to four people, who provide janitorial services now five days per week. 

MMR has played an active role in the vocational endeavors of the persons served at MMI. MMR works closely with MMI to assure the success of those working there.  If ever there is a concern, Brett or Jason or one of their staff will contact us and together, we have been able to find resolutions that work out to every ones best interest.  This arrangement has provided a valuable training process for many served at MMI.

 It is businesses like MMR and their staff that show a strong commitment to providing work for individuals served by MMI. We are truly appreciative for the opportunities that MMR has been responsible for. We look forward to this relationship remaining strong for many years to come.