General Manager of Saint-Gobain Recognized with Women in Manufacturing STEP Award

  General Manager of Saint-Gobain Recognized with Women in Manufacturing STEP

Dr. Julia DiCorleto is one of 122 women being honored for their impact on the
                            manufacturing industry

Business Wire

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. -- January 15, 2013

Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, is proud to
announce Dr. Julia DiCorleto, general manager of Saint-Gobain Performance
Plastics, was recently recognized by  The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte,
University of Phoenix and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers with a Women
in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award
for her excellence and leadership in manufacturing. DiCorleto joins 121 other
woman honorees representing all levels of manufacturing, from the factory
floor to the C Suite.

“Julia’s career is a testament to the career prospects that exist for women at
Saint-Gobain and in the manufacturing industry,” said Tom Kinisky, president,
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics. “Julia has made a positive impact in all of
her positions within the company, from research, to business development, to
her current role in general management. We congratulate her on this
well-deserved national recognition.”

“These 122 women 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 by The
Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte, University of Phoenix and the Society of
Manufacturing Engineers 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.

“The STEP Ahead initiative was founded to change perceptions of the
manufacturing industry and create new opportunities for women in the sector,”
said Latondra Newton, group vice president at Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
and chairwoman of the STEP Ahead initiative. “This initiative is the call for
action to transform the face of today's manufacturing talent and ensure that
women can contribute to the future of this industry.”

A 2011 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. Manufacturing companies cannot fill
as many as 600,000 skilled positions, even as unemployment numbers hover at
historically high levels. Additionally, labor statistics show that women are
underrepresented in the manufacturing workforce and in manufacturing
leadership ranks — a situation that must be reversed to preserve and grow the

On February 5, The Manufacturing Institute and its STEP Ahead initiative
partners will recognize the 122 recipients of the 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.

View the list and profiles of all STEP Award honorees.

About Saint-Gobain in North America

Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, has its North
American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. As the world leader in
sustainable habitat, Saint-Gobain is committed to inventing solutions to help
professionals and communities around the world build and renovate comfortable,
healthy, economical and energy-efficient buildings. The company has more than
265 locations in North America and approximately 19,000 employees. In the
United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $7.7
billion in 2011.

Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, Saint-Gobain earned the 2011 and 2012 ENERGY
STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for
outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy
efficiency. For more information about Saint-Gobain in North America, visit and connect with the company on Facebook and

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. Visit


Saint-Gobain Media Contact:
Dina Silver Pokedoff, APR
610-341-7031 (office)
484-919-2103 (mobile)
Manufacturing Institute Media Contact:
Jacey Wilkins, 202-637-3493
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