Recognition for STIHL VP of operations

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Recognition for STIHL VP of operations

By HBSDealer Staff - 04/07/2020
Lorraine Amesbury Holder, VP of operations for STIHL, is among the women tapped for a 2020 STEP Ahead Award.

Lorraine Amesbury Holder

The award program is managed by the Manufacturing Institute, the workforce and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers. The eighth annual STEP Ahead Awards recognizes women in science, technology, engineering and production who exemplify leadership within the manufacturing industry.

As the highest-ranking woman within STIHL’s operations, she is the only woman at her level in any of the company’s global production workshops. Before her promotion to vice president of operations in 2018, Lorraine served as the director of manufacturing for 10 years. During her tenure at STIHL Inc., the company has experienced record year-over-year sales gains.

"I’m passionate about educating others that manufacturing jobs are not stereotypical dirty jobs, they are high-paying, high-tech careers in a cutting-edge environment.  I hope to encourage more young people to consider manufacturing as a viable career path that does not always require an expensive degree from a four-year university.”

The 2020 STEP Ahead awards recognizes 130 women, including representatives from PPG, Sherwin-Williams, CertainTeed., Whirlpool and Cornerstone Building Brands.

“Women are significantly underrepresented in manufacturing, and the industry is in the midst of a workforce crisis,” said Manufacturing Institute Executive Director Carolyn Lee. “Closing the gender gap in the industry will go a long way toward closing the skills gap, empowering more women to join manufacturing’s ranks and lifting the industry as a whole. The STEP Ahead Awards provide a platform to honor role models and motivate them to encourage the next generation of women in the manufacturing industry. The women being recognized are industry leaders—and inspirations to the women and girls who will follow their example and pursue careers in manufacturing.”

An event originally scheduled for late April has been postponed, due to concerns over safety in the coronavirus outbreak.

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