The Manufacturing Institute announced it will award Traci Tapani, co-president of Wyoming Machine in Stacy, with the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award. The national STEP Awards honor 160 women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers. They represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory-floor to the C suite.
“These women (honorees) are the faces of exciting careers in manufacturing,” said Jennifer McNelly, president, The Manufacturing Institute. “We chose to honor these women because they each made significant achievements in manufacturing through positive impact on their company and the industry as a whole.”
The STEP 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 attracting, advancing, and retaining strong female talent.
Said Ed Youdell, President and CEO of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, who nominated Tapani: “Traci Tapani has worked tirelessly for many years to bring attention to the serious skilled labor shortage in manufacturing and to propose and achieve solutions to this dilemma which plagues the manufacturing sector. She has served as a board member for five years and board chair for two years with Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International. The summer manufacturing camp and scholarship programs of this charitable foundation focus on inspiring and providing training for the next generation of manufacturers. She has served as a mentor for camps held in her region. In addition, she has spoken at the local, state and national levels to bring attention to the manufacturing labor shortage and the need for better skills training opportunities.”
A recent survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute found that nearly 70 percent of American manufacturing companies have a moderate to severe shortage of available, qualified workers.
On Feb. 6, The Manufacturing Institute will recognize the recipients of the national STEP Awards at a reception in Washington, D.C. The STEP Awards program will highlight each honoree’s story, including their leadership and accomplishments in manufacturing.