Accuride VP named 2017 STEP Ahead Award Honoree

EVANSVILLE, IN – Accruride announced today, the Manufacturing Institute has honored Mary E. Blair, senior vice president of supply chain management for Accuride with its 2017 Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production) Ahead Award.

“Being recognized as a 2017 STEP Ahead Award recipient by The Manufacturing Institute is a tremendous honor,” Blair said. “I’m grateful to have this opportunity to join my peers in urging the next generation of women to apply their talents to careers in manufacturing.  It’s about engaging, mentoring and leading other women into the global manufacturing environment, and helping them fully capitalize on all the opportunities that provides.” 

Now in their fifth year, the STEP Ahead Awards, acknowledge women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers, and represent all levels of manufacturing. Blair will be part one of this year’s 100 Honorees, and 30 up and coming leaders from 93 companies who represent the variety of possible career paths in the manufacturing field.

“It is gratifying to have Mary’s many contributions to her profession, the industry and Accuride’s pursuit of manufacturing excellence recognized by her peers as an example for others,” says Rick Dauch, president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Accuride. “Through her leadership and expertise, Mary has played a significant role in elevating Accuride’s operating and Supply Chain performance to world-class standards.  She ably represents the thousands of women making a lasting impact in their organizations, professions and communities.”

“These women exemplify the path an exciting career in manufacturing can take,” says Heidi Alderman, 2017 chairwoman of STEP Ahead and senior vice president of Intermediates North America for BASF Corporation.

Launched in 2012 by The Manufacturing Institute, the STEP Ahead initiative was created 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.

The 2017 STEP Ahead Awards Gala will be held on Apr. 2017, in Washington D.C., and where Blair and the rest of this year’s Honorees will be celebrated. 

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