On April 21 in Washington, D.C., Marcy McClanahan, plant manager and site leader at the Trane remanufacturing center in Charlotte, was honored among 130 women at the 2016 Science, Technology, Engineering & Production (STEP) Ahead Awards, sponsored by The Manufacturing Institute.
As a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Marcy embodies Ingersoll Rand’s culture of continuous improvement that drives growth, creates value, fosters employee engagement and enhances quality to make the customer experience better.
“Marcy is a role model for leadership at Ingersoll Rand and serves as an inspiration to young women considering careers in the science, technology, engineering and math fields,” said Michael W. Lamach, chairman and chief executive officer of Ingersoll Rand. “We are proud to recognize Marcy as a 2016 STEP Ahead Award honoree, to again sponsor this year’s STEP Ahead ceremony and we congratulate all of the outstanding women recognized this year.”
The April 21 STEP Ahead Awards ceremony highlighted each honoree's story, including her leadership and accomplishments in manufacturing as well as her community roles. The event also featured Ingersoll Rand’s Sheila Tierney, vice president, Product Management of our HVAC Parts and Supply Solutions business – and STEP chairwoman.
“These 130 women are the faces of exciting careers in manufacturing,” said Jennifer McNelly, executive director, 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."
Lack of women in manufacturing jobs
In 2014, the Ingersoll Rand Foundation made a financial commitment of $150,000 to help build The Manufacturing Institute’s leadership program, which shapes the development and pipeline of women leaders in the industry.
A recent survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute found that 80 percent of American manufacturing companies have a moderate to severe shortage of available, qualified workers. Contributing to this gap is the underrepresentation of women in the industry. While women make up approximately 50 percent of the labor force, that number is only about 25 percent in the manufacturing labor force.
About STEP Ahead
The STEP Ahead Awards recognize women who demonstrate excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of manufacturing, from the factory-floor to the C-suite. The STEP Ahead initiative was 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.