During Minnesota Manufacturing Week, Oct. 1-7, the Occupational Development Center, Inc. (ODC) in Roseau would like to highlight their contribution to Minnesota’s manufacturing industry by providing tours of its production facility, located at 1194 Center Street West, on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
The Roseau division employs nearly a dozen people in the manufacturing industry, and according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), the average manufacturing job supports another 3.24 jobs in other segments of Minnesota’s economy. That means that over 32 community jobs are supported by this production facility.
“Many of our products are shipped all over the world,” said Roger Allen, Roseau division manager. “We contract with a company that sells fleece winter mittens that are completed here and shipped off to them for sale around the United States. Some smaller assembly and manufacturing jobs we have include tying tubes and reticulated foam that assist with transporting of windows, in addition to MNDOT winter and summer safety flags.”
Polaris Industries, for which ODC produces tool pouches and assembles vents at its Roseau division, is one of eight Fortune 500 manufacturing companies that operate in Minnesota.
“ODC has a long history in regional manufacturing,” said Lane Young, Vice President of Operations and Business Development. “With a focus on streamlined and scalable production, we are continually expanding our services and developing our specialties to better serve both our long-standing customers and new markets.”
ODC is a nonprofit organization specializing in employment skills development and support for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment, working with community businesses to provide options for inclusive and sustainable employment that result in greater independence.