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Women of Excellence Honored by MetalForming Magazine

November 15, 2023

Logo-MetalForming-Women-of-Excellence-2023MetalForming magazine, in conjunction with the Women in Manufacturing Association (WiM) and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), has announced its 2023 Women of Excellence honorees, recognizing 51 outstanding women in the metal forming and fabricating industries. This eighth-annual list will be published in an expanded form in the December issue of MetalForming magazine and in a special online section at that includes biographical information.

“It’s clear, as we highlight this year’s Women of Excellence, that women increasingly are filling a variety of critical roles in metal forming and fabricating facilities,” says Brad Kuvin, MetalForming editorial director. “The dozens of women recognized here contribute mightily to their companies in a variety of leadership roles, from the production line to the front office.”

The Women of Excellence in Metal Forming and Fabricating program exists to recognize the vital role that women play in our industries, and to inspire the next generation to reap the rewards of a manufacturing career. MetalForming’s editorial staff, supported by PMA and WiM, recognized these women for their longevity and accomplishments in the industry, as well as a commitment to others in their careers and in their communities.

Efforts to increase manufacturing opportunities for women while recognizing their skills is an important function of PMA, MetalForming’s parent organization, and WiM, an organization that grew out of PMA’s commitment to these efforts. 

“These courageous and inspiring women have broken through barriers to reach a level of excellence that serves as a model for all of us,” says Allison Grealis, WiM president and founder. “It's remarkable to witness the progress being made in the industry. We need to continue to work together to ensure that these trends continue.”

MetalForming magazine’s 2023 Women of Excellence in Metal Forming and Fabricating are:

Michelle Acosta, Vice President of Operations, Acosta Sheet Metal Manufacturing, San Jose, CA

Christine Belancik, Customer Relations Manager, Connecticut Spring & Stamping, Farmington, CT

Beth Bivins, Global Key Account Manager; Solvents, Kyzen, Jacksonville, FL

Arlene Bourgoin, Manufacturer Manager, Acme Monaco Corp., Presque Isle, ME

Erica Butler, Director of Production and Material Control, Daifuku Wynright Corp., Hobart, IN

Penny Camire, Lead Estimator, Component Engineers Inc., Wallingford, CT

Natalie Caudle, North American General Manager, Human Resources and Safety, Topre America, Cullman, AL

Angel Chamberlin, Assistant General Manager, O’Neal Mfg. Services, Cedar Falls, IA

Valentina Ciotto, Engineering Project Manager, Tsugami America, Windsor, CT

Katherine Dominguez, Inside Sales, Estimating Group Leader, Walker Mfg., Inc., Seguin, Ontario, Canada

Bethany Dowell, Safety Manager, O’Neal Mfg. Services, Indianapolis, IN

Erika Draper, Production Coordinator, New Standard Corp., Emigsville, PA

Jennifer Dutko, Supply Chain Manager, Leonhardt Mfg. Co., Hanover, PA

Janna Findley, Program Manager for Nissan North America, Steel Technologies, Murfreesboro, TN

Amy Garceau, Accounting Manager, Stewart EFI, Charlotte, NC

Joanna Ginyard, Press Department Assistant Manager, LGE, Clarksville, TN

Tausha Gray, Welding Assistant Manager, Takumi Stamping, Fairfield, OH

Christina Hagle, Owner, Jim James Enterprises, Chatsworth, CA

Diane Hartman, Inventory Supervisor, BCN Technical Services, Hastings, MI

Bridget Hendrickson, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Co-Owner, Hub Mfg. Co., Minneapolis, MN

Morgan Jarrett, Chief Operating Officer, H&H Metal Fabrication, Saint Louis, M

Kelli Lang, Inside Sales Manager, Formtek-Maine, a Mestek Company, Clinton, ME

Danielle LaValla, Supply Chain Manager, H&T Waterbury, Waterbury, CT

Stephanie Leigh, Materials and Finishing Manager, DekalbTool & Die/Wall Control, Tucker, GA

Laurie Levesque, Human Resource Manager, Corporate Secretary, Truelove & Maclean, Inc., Watertown, CT

Marissa Luethi, Quality Engineer, Paragon Medical, Southington, CT

Susette Maldonado, Supervisor, Logistics and Secondary Operations, Click Bond Inc., Watertown, CT

Morgan McCaw, Laser Welder 2, Superior Joining Technologies, Inc, Belvidere, IL

Robin McElwee, Chief Executive Officer, Universal Tools & Mfg. Co., Springfield, NJ

Kasey Mills, Tech Center Production Supervisor, SafeRack, Andrews, SC

Nancy Murphy, Controller, Eagle Metals, Leesport, PA

Tiffany Parks, Press Business Unit Manager, Martinrea, Clarksville, TN

Amelia Poulin, Key Account Manager, Ajax Metal Forming Solutions, Minneapolis, MN

Robin Quick, Production Manager, Elite Welding & Fabrication, Galesburg, MI

Julie R., McAlpin Industries (wishes to otherwise remain anonymous)

Sue Resch, Focus Factory Manager, Jagemann Stamping Co., Manitowoc, WI 

Laura (Nicki) Saputo, Quality Manager, Nissan North America, Smyrna, TN

Robin Schlatter, Engineer, Toyota North America, Georgetown, KY

Catherine Schoaff, Accounting, Pascal Engineering Inc., Arlington Heights, IL

Tammy Schuelke, Office Manager, Federal Tool and Engineering, LLC, West Bend, WI

Melanie See, Customer Service Supervisor, ARaymond, Logansport, IN

Peggy Shackleton, Account Manager, RE:Build Manufacturing, Avon, OH

Deborah Smith, President, Edrich Products, Fraser, MI

Lori Smith, Sales Manager, Ace Machine and Metal Fabrication Co., Nashville, TN

Julie Snyder, Human Resource Manager, Principal Manufacturing Corp., Broadview, IL

Krishna Soni, Controls Programmer, Linear Automation, Barrie, Ontario, Canada

Michelle Stith, Vice President of Corporate Development, Treasurer, Steel Technologies, LLC, Louisville, KY

Melissa Vecchi, Vice President, JV Mfg. Co. Inc., Natrona Heights, PA

Amanda Wood, General Manager, O’Neal Mfg. Services, Greensboro, NC

Mabel Yeboah, Team Leader-Assembly, Accurate Machine and Tool Ltd., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Susanne Ysasi, Plant Manager, Kirchoff Automotive, Lansing, MI

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See also: Women in Manufacturing

Technologies: Management


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