Last month, after months of collaborative work, Industries Incorporated and like service provider, Pine Habilitation and Supported Employment, Inc. (PHASE,) merged together under the PHASE umbrella of companies. As one, the organization will serve nearly 500 service recipients across East Central Minnesota and employ over 140 employees.  

    “The two organizations have collaborated closely across the years”, according to Tim Schmutzer, executive director for PHASE. “Because of our existing relationship, the complementary strengths of each organization and the shrinking pool of statewide resources directed toward nonprofit disability services, the boards for each organization believed the time was right to formalize our collaboration in the form of a merger.”

    PHASE operates its primary services in Pine County in three licensed facilities, and serves individuals living in the counties of Pine, Chisago, Kanabec, Isanti and Carlton.

    For nearly 50 years, Industries Incorporated has been an integral part of the Isanti and Kanabec counties community providing employment, therapeutic and transportation services to adults diagnosed with an intellectual disability, traumatic brain injury or mental illness. As a local nonprofit provider of services, all Industries Incorporated services and enterprises are aimed at providing individuals with disabilities with more employment options and enhanced therapeutic services.  Every Industries Incorporated business enterprise employs, and is designed for and with, individuals with disabilities.  

    Industries Incorporated has built strong and successful employment placement programs. PHASE has honed its ability to work effectively with individuals with high, and often complex, support needs. Together, Industries Incorporated and PHASE intend to blend these strengths across the entire service region.  

  • MTI Distributing Partners with PHASE




    June 26, 2015

    MTI Distributing is the Upper Midwest’s leading supplier of Toro products and equipment. PHASE is honored to have MTI as a partner. MTI recently made a very generous donation to PHASE’s lawn crew by donating a new mover, trimmer and blower!

    It is great to see Toro red on our lawn crew trailer and all crew received new Toro hats. PHASE cannot thank MTI enough for this wonderful gift of helping our participants to Live. Work. Thrive. (put in colors)

  • PHASE Adopts-A-Highway

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    May 22, 2015

    PHASE is proud to participate in the Adopt-A-Highway program. PHASE was very fortunate to be assigned to Highway 123 in Sandstone, as this stretch of highway goes right along the front of PHASE North/Recycling.

    Staff volunteers are committing to cleaning up the litter along the highway two times per year. The 'crew’ completed Spring clean-up on May 21st. Fall clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd.

  • PHASE awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation


    November 18, 2014

    CARF International announced that PHASE has been accredited for a period of three years for its Community Employment Services- Employment Supports and Job Development, Employee Development Services and, Employment Planning Services programs. The latest accreditation is the sixth consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has awarded to PHASE.

    This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization, and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality. 

    PHASE is a non-profit organization with offices in Sandstone and Beroun, MN.   Founded in 1970, PHASE annually serves over 270 individuals with a developmental disability, traumatic brain injury, or a severe-and-persistent mental illness in the East-Central Minnesota.  Guided by its mission of empowering program participants to Live, Work and Thrive through the discovery and development of their individual abilities, PHASE creates a bridge to health and employment with their clientele.

    CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at www.carf.org.

    For additional information, contact Tim Schmutzer, Executive Director at 320-245-2246.

  • Open House for friends of PHASE


    Posted: Friday, March 9, 2012

    Employees of PHASE Furnishings sign the tables they helped make at the PHASE open house on... click here to read more


  • There’s more to PHASE Furnishings than just furniture

    Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2011
    Judy Lawhon

    Walking through the PHASE furniture store, a customer would see beautiful furniture at reasonable prices. What they would not see is the creativeness, skill and pride that go into making...click here to read more

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    PHASE recycling benefits consumers, county and local economy

    Posted:  Wednesday, July 20, 2011
    Judy Lawhon

    One and one-half million pounds of recycling a year is a lot of materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

    But for Pine Habilitation and Supported Employment, Inc. (PHASE), this amount of trash is an industry that... click here to read more

  • ​March 2017

    ​Rebranding for all of PHASE and INDUSTRIES Retail locations

    PHASE Furnishings will now be known as HERITAGE HOME CREATIONS- this location is focused on the continued effort on building participants building skills and teaching them how to participate in local events and sales events at the locations.

    ​Goodworks Thrift in Mora that is owned by Industries Inc. will now be known as Heritage Thrift- this is not only a large beautiful retail space located on the corner of Hwy 65 and Hwy 23 in Mora, but is also an important part of training facility for our programming sites and employment services.  Heritage thrift will also showcase and sell handcrafted items from Heritage Home creations and continue to sell items from Heritage Barn wood Products that is located in Cambridge. Contact Elizabeth Scott- Retail Director at 320-390-0947 with any questions or you can find us on Facebook or website www.heritagestores.org.