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ABOUT US

For over 45 years, Functional Industries has been providing vocational services to people with barriers to employment. Our mission is to create and promote innovative opportunities that reveal the natural potential of each person we serve.

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OUR HISTORY

Functional Industries began as an idea in 1972 which soon turned into reality. Ruben Bonk began thinking about his son’s future and decided there needed to be a work program for adults with disabilities. January 21st 1973, Functional Industries became incorporated and began selecting board members. As early as October, the program became operational at Crawford Lake School House south of Buffalo with our first client reporting to work. By the end of 1973, there were ten clients working and the first Director was hired.

Some of the first jobs included packaging screws, assembling light cords and heat lamps. The product came from Minneapolis and was hauled back and forth in a station wagon.

In July of 1974, funds were obtained from Wright County for land and a building. It was completed and occupied by March 5th 1975. These funds established Functional Industries Buffalo Corporate Office in the location it stands today. Not long after this, the Cokato program was established in a rented building. In 1977, Wright County awarded a grant to Functional Industries for the purpose of building a site in Cokato. This project was completed and occupied on January 1st 1979.

The Buffalo location has been added to several times, including an addition to double the main buildings size, a garage and the Jacobs Center building.

When asking Functional Industries founder, Ruben Bonk, how he made this idea a success, he states “I was the right person, in the right place, at the right time.”

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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BRUCE D. ANDERSON

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JOE MOLESKY

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RACHAEL PRAUGHT

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ROB STARK

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PATRICIA A. TAYLOR

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VINCENT
LUNDEEN

CHAIRPERSON

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MIKE FOELL

VICE-CHAIRPERSON

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SHAUN CORBIN

TREASURER

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CHERRYL GILMER

SECRETARY

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JOIN OUR TEAM

Our growth continues to create a wealth of career opportunities. We offer employees exciting work in a professional, dynamic environment that encourages learning and growth. Discover your career at Functional Industries, Inc.!

Our employment opportunities cover a wide range of areas including habilitation, rehabilitation, and manufacturing. Functional Industries seeks to employ talented individuals to join our team.

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STAFF DIRECTORY

Belland, Jill
Employment Specialist

jbelland@functionalindustries.org
763-294-1121

Burns, DeAnn
Employment Specialist

dburns@functionalindustries.org
763-294-1121

 
Davis, Samantha
DREAM Case Manager

sdavis@functionalindustries.org
763-233-5191

 
Dick, Heather
Billing Specialist

hdick@functionalindustries.org
763-233-5167

 
Diercks, Teri
Payroll Specialist

Contracted transportation

tdiercks@functionalindustries.org
763-233-5162

Ebner, Deb
Supported Employment Case Manager

debner@functionalindustries.org
763-233-5182

Eich, Krissy

Director of Mental Health Services

keich@functionalindustries.org

763-350-6186

Elstad, Brienne

Employment Specialist

belstad@functionalindustries.org

763-350-2886

Feekes, Stephanie

Chieft Financial Officer

sfeekes@functionalindustries.org

612-325-1625

Harwarth, Travis
Supported Employment Case Manager

tharwarth@functionalindustries.org
763-310-6557 


Hines, Meghan
Employment Specialist

mhines@functionalindustries.org
763-710-1430

Johanneck, Alicia
Production Manager

ajohanneck@functionalindustries.org
763-233-5174

 
Nordlie, Ashley
Director of Individual Services

anordlie@functionalindustries.org
763-233-5192

*After hours contracted transportation

763-350-0918 

O'Donnell, Jenna
Lead Case Manager

jodonnell@functionalindustries.org
763-233-5180

Oster, Amber
Vice President of Workforce Solutions

aoster@functionalindustries.org
763-233-5170

 

Peirce, Sarah 

SEEK Case Manager

speirce@functionalindustries.org

763-233-5175

Powers, Isaiah
SEEK Case Manager

ipowers@functionalindustries.org
763-233-5172

 
Robertson, Brittany
Human Resources Specialist

brobertson@functionalindustries.org
763-233-5166

Slaughter, Katie
SEEK Case Manager

kslaughter@functionalindustries.org
763-233-5175

Stoppelman, Jordyn
DREAM Case Manager

jstoppelman@functionalindustries.org
763-233-5193

 
Tornell, Jo
Employment Specialist

jtornell@functionalindustries.org
763-350-6126

 
Transportation & Attendance Line
763-233-5199

 
Urban, Linda
Employment Specialist

lurban@functionalindustries.org
763-248-6355

 
Zwart, Lisa
President & CEO

lzwart@functionalindustries.org
763-233-5165