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PHASE-Industries & Advance Opportunities Join Forces!

The merge of PHASE-Industries and Advance Opportunities represents a significant opportunity for growth and synergy in licensed DHS habilitation. By combining our strengths, resources, and expertise, we can enhance the quality of care and support provided to individuals with developmental disabilities.   This merger enables us to leverage the specialized…

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Empowering & Enriching Communities: The Mission of PHASE-Industries

Welcome to PHASE-Industries, where every day, we commit to making a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We believe that each person has unique talents and aspirations that, when nurtured, can lead to remarkable achievements not just for them, but for the community as…

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MN DEED Hosted Employer Webinar

Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development’s (DEED’s) Employer Reasonable Accommodation Fund (ERAF) is hosting a webinar for small to mid-sized Minnesota businesses to learn about a new resource that reimburses employers for accommodations for disabled employees. Learn more about ERAF here: and register for the webinar here:…

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Equal Pay

Our CEO, Tim Schmutzer, is featured in this Star Tribune article regarding individuals with disabilities and minimum wage earnings. Learn more about what is happening in Minnesota as the push for equal pay continues.…

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Heritage Barn Wood Featured in County Star Part 2

Read about the Gable Schoolhouse history and how PHASE-Industries’ Heritage Barn Wood creates new life for old products.…

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PHASE-Industries’ Milestone

After 50 years of relying on the use of a USDOL commensurate wage certificate to support the working wage of individuals with disabilities, PHASE-Industries effectively ended our participation in the subminimum wage program as of August 1, 2023! This milestone recognizes the equal value of individuals with disabilities in the…

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Celebrating the 33rd Anniversary of the ADA

On July 26, 2023, we celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the day that the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed. “The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and access to state and local government’ programs and services. As…

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Tyson White came to PHASE-Industries out of high school looking to learn workforce skills and build his resume, as well as work ethic. Tyson’s first job was working on the Hotel Crew at Grand Casino Hinckley. After a while, he transitioned to the PHASE-Industries Recycling Program, and then worked at…

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Heritage Barn Wood Featured in County Star

Stacy Verdick Case recently spent time with employees of PHASE-Industries and participants at Heritage Barn Wood to learn more about our company and what we do with donated barns in the area.…

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Kayla Sutton started her journey with PHASE-Industries in Mora and, initially, expressed a high degree of frustration through her interactions and behavior.  At the time, she did not communicate verbally or make eye contact with others.  She also indicated a strong reluctance to engage in the work available.  Later, she…

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Ben Anderson has worked at local McDonalds locations for 18 years, and needed additional workplace supports in place, which brought him to PHASE-Industries’ Employment Services. Ben completed a thorough initial assessment at PHASE-Industries, where he discovered his strengths, likes, and interests. This assessment allowed PHASE-Industries to match local opportunities with…

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Christine Longley took part in the PHASE-Industries Day Program for many years, and struggled to hold a job. Personal supports for Christine were lacking until she entered the PHASE-Industries Employment Program, where she completed an assessment to determine her likes and dislikes, strengths, and abilities that best fit her. Since…

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Keegan Mann was working at Chris’ Food Center doing janitorial duties and struggling – not getting along with his supervisors, and needed support and confidence – when he reached out to his supports and asked to come to PHASE-Industries. Keegan’s goal was to do jobs that he couldn’t at the…

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DW Companies LLC Presents Construction Industry to Local Students

Photo Credit: D. Sibley Studios DW Companies LLC attended Pine City High School on March 21st, 2023. They partnered with us and the Pine County Transition Interagency Committee (working with the SCRED grant) to educate students with IEP or 504 plans from Pine City High School, Hinckley-Finlayson High School, and…

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