The Occupational Development Center has over 40 years of experience as a custom manufacturer and service provider to commercial and government business partners. When you work with ODC, not only will you receive quality products and services at competitive prices, you also provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to contribute to their communities.

Stake and Lath

ODC provides stake and lath for the engineering, survey and construction industries.
Our products are produced and graded at a high quality that meets specifications required by the State of Minnesota.
Learn more about our Stake and Lath.
Exterior shot of pallet stacks at our Buhl production facility

Pallets and Skids

ODC produces customized pallets and specialty skids for customers who require a non-standard shipping option to protect their goods.
We also offer custom wooden crating.

Resaw Services

With the ability to process material dimensions of 16 in. by 16 in. square and up to 20 ft. lengths, we are proud to offer custom cut shop services through the use of our lumber resaw.

Process Green or Dry Wood
Split Lumber into 1x4s and 1x6s
Pallet Wood • Dunnage • Cut-To-Length
Truckload Quantities • Quick Turnaround

Fire Sticks

Our Fire Sticks are produced in bulk and packaged for retail purpose. These Fire Sticks are suitable for wood & pellet stoves, grills, fireplaces and campfires.

Shipping Components

Custom blocks, chocks, stickers, bracing and other forms of dunnage are produced by ODC to ensure that your items are safely protected during shipping.

Metal tray displayed on conference table


Made of 24-gauge sheet metal, we produce file tray organizers of various configurations and colors using spot welding technology and a powder coat finish.

Dust Pans

Our dust pans are 13-inches wide and made from 22-gauge sheet metal with a 4-inch handle.
Black is standard, but other colors are available upon request.
Shot of single dust pan produced in Bemidji
The Box Factory logo stamp


For over 25 years, ODC has specialized in small runs and custom sizes to meet customer inventory requirements. One color print is available.

Packaging Components

We can design and produce specific cardboard packaging components for items to ensure a safe shipping.

Custom cut cardboard pieces

Special Cut Pieces/Parts

Our sales team can help you with any specialty cardboard pieces you might require.

Machine Sewing

ODC is capable of working with companies to provide production sewing. This includes tool pouches, mittens, die cutting and safety flags.
Side view of tool pouch and tools
Applying powder coat

Powder Coating

Our state-of-the-art powder coating facility serves small to medium-sized manufacturers in the upper midwest, providing large production runs with consistent and durable coverage at competitive prices.
Learn more about Production Coating Specialties.

Product Fulfillment

Packaging Services

Blister packaging or hand packaging, we can take your items and package them according to your customized needs. Our packaging can be custom designed, sealed in high-quality plastic and cardboard and will be retail store ready upon arrival.


After packaging your materials, why not let us label them as well! Our employees can label magazines, envelopes, packages, UPC codes, price tags, etc.

Advertisement Insert Folding

If you have newspaper and magazine advertisements that need folding, we can help you out with that! Our staff will fold and insert advertisements for your business. We accept both large and small quantities.

Assembled Products

ODC is capable of assembling a wide variety of products, all shapes and sizes. We can work with your business to ensure that your products are being assembled correctly and efficiently.

Tool pouch with tools fanned out

Kit Packaging

Another great service we offer is kit packaging. You provide the items and we will package the kits to your specifications and requirements.

Customized production

Across the nine locations that ODC operates, our knowledgeable staff can work with you on any specialized production your company may need.
Our customized production services include panel and die cutting along with resawn lumber.
Please contact us to learn more!
Operating the panel saw at the Buhl production facility

Want to learn more about our manufacturing and production services?

Lane Young

Vice President of Business Development and Operations

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