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STEP Awards Honor Women in Manufacturing

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Our members often tell us there is a significant skills gap in manufacturing. Day after day, thousands of jobs go unfilled, reducing productivity and holding the American economy back. Yet, only 24% of the manufacturing workforce is women. To be sure, this represents a larger share than has historically been the case, but manufacturers know there is an opportunity for growth. We can take an important step toward filling the skills gap in manufacturing by tapping into the potential of women.

In 2012, the Manufacturing Institute began to address this challenge by launching the Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead initiative to honor and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry.  STEP Ahead celebrates the accomplishments of women in manufacturing at all levels –from the production line to the C-suite – by honoring leaders in the field at the annual STEP awards.

Yesterday we celebrated those in the next class of leaders. 160 women from all across the country were in our nation’s Capital to be honored for their hard work and determination. These women have often succeeded without peers to guide them, but press ahead knowing they are inspiring the next generation of women in manufacturing. The NAM celebrates and congratulates these women for their contribution to our nation’s economy.

Ace Clearwater’s Kellie Johnson Among STEP Award Honorees

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As we mentioned earlier today the first annual STEP Awards will be held tonight in Washington to honor 122 women in who have made significant contributions to manufacturing. One of tonight’s honorees is Kellie Johnson, president of ACE Clearwater Enterprises and a member of the NAM’s Executive Committee.

Under Kellie’s leadership, ACE Clearwater has grown to 210 employees with projected revenue of $35 million. The company has earned the coveted Boeing Supplier of the Year Award. Kellie is also a trustee of The Manufacturing Institute and served on the Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council in both the Bush and Obama Administrations. She is a third generation manufacturer who has made great contributions to the industry.

“Manufacturing fulfills me on so many levels.  I’ve had the opportunity to continue my family legacy as a third generation manufacturer servicing the aerospace industry where the US remains a global leader.  I am proud to offer amazing career paths to the women and men who are the American workforce.” Kellie Johnson

Honoring the Women in Manufacturing

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Tonight the Manufacturing Institute in partnership with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, University of Phoenix and Deloitte will host the first annual Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Awards. The awards are part of the larger STEP Ahead initiative launched to examine and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research and best practices for attacking, advancing and retaining strong female talent.

The recipients represent a diverse group of 122 women recognized for their outstanding contributions to the manufacturing industry. These honorees are the faces of exciting careers in manufacturing and have made a positive impact on their company and the industry. They have extremely inspiring stories that truly demonstrate leadership and will inspire the next generation of women leaders in manufacturing. Throughout the day we will post on Shopfloor a few of the stories of tonight’s 122 honorees.