Minneapolis, MN — August 7, 2013 — Diversified Plastics, Inc. has received the Gold Award for Hennepin County’s 2013 Wellness by Design competition. The Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department each year present awards, in four levels, to worksites that demonstrate accomplishments in management support, wellness infrastructure and assessment. The competition recognizes employers who provide evaluation, supportive environments, communication, engagement programs and interventions. This is the fifth year Diversified Plastics has won a Wellness by Design Award, and the first year at the gold level. Awards were presented during a June 13 ceremony in Minneapolis. As part of their effort to achieve the gold level, Diversified Plastics participated in the Business and Employee Health Assessment Survey with the University of Minnesota. “We did a baseline survey with them a year ago with 96% of our employees participating”, said Roger Vang, chief financial officer at Diversified Plastics and company wellness team member. “The survey showed smoking was one of the key areas of concern that ranked high with our employees. We offered smoking cessation programs to our employees and they were quite successful—we cut our number of smokers by half.”
The company continued with their ongoing wellness programs and special events over the past year, Vang added. “Hennepin County had a walking contest called ‘Step to It Challenge’ and we recorded some of the highest numbers. As a company, we walked more total steps than some cities that participated in the program. Last fall, we got involved in Hennepin County’s Frosty Challenge. It was a series of weekly incentives and goals to help keep people mindful of what they eat during the holiday season.
We continue to do monthly newsletters and payroll stuffers regarding wellness, and it’s one of our topics at virtually every meeting we have. The wellness mindset has really taken hold and become more commonplace with our company as a result of our ongoing communications, programs and special events over the last few years.”
About Diversified Plastics, Inc.
Diversified Plastics is a custom injection molder of high-precision, close tolerance, small- to medium-sized injection molded components for medical device, filtration, aerospace and a variety of other industrial markets. The 36-year-old company is a full-service injection molder, from design assistance and mold construction, to intricate molding and clean room assembly. Diversified Plastics is ISO 9001:2008 and 13485:2003 certified, and UL registered.