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5th STEP Ahead Awards Recognize LORD Corporation Employees for Excellence in Manufacturing

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( 04/21/2017 )

(Cary, N.C. – April 21, 2017) – LORD Corporation has announced that employees Kim Benca, Amanda Corder, Casey Hedlund and Gentry Hoffman each received a Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award. The STEP Ahead Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory-floor to the C-Suite.

“These four women represent a new wave of leadership in the manufacturing industry,” said Ed Auslander, president and CEO of LORD. “We commend their insight, mentorship and engagement within our organization, as well as their positive impact on the industry and their communities.”

The STEP Ahead 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 leadership for attracting, advancing, and retaining strong female talent.

A recent survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute found that six out of ten open skilled production positions are unfilled due to the talent shortage. Closing the skills gap means closing the gender gap.
On April 20, The Manufacturing Institute recognized Kim, Amanda, Casey and Gentry—along with 126 other recipients of the STEP Ahead Awards—at a reception in Washington, D.C. The STEP Ahead Awards program highlighted each honoree’s story, including their leadership and accomplishments in manufacturing.

About LORD Corporation
LORD Corporation is a diversified technology and manufacturing company developing highly reliable adhesives, coatings, motion management devices, and sensing technologies that significantly reduce risk and improve product performance. For more than 90 years, LORD has worked in collaboration with our customers to provide innovative oil and gas, aerospace, defense, automotive and industrial solutions. With world headquarters in Cary, N.C., LORD has approximately 3,100 employees in 26 countries and operates 19 manufacturing facilities and 10 R&D centers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.lord.com.  

About the Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. As a non-partisan organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to the nation’s manufacturers. The Institute is the authority on the attraction, qualification and development of world-class manufacturing talent. For more information, please visit www.themanufacturinginstitute.org