Catherine Bailey Recognized with Women in Manufacturing STEP Award
RACINE, Wis. -- January 16, 2013
Catherine Bailey, Plant Manager of Modine Manufacturing Company’s Trenton,
Missouri facility, 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. Ms.
Bailey joins 121 other woman honorees, representing all levels of
manufacturing from the factory floor to the C Suite.
“We are thrilled that Cathy’s contributions to Modine were recognized by this
important new initiative,” said Thomas A. Burke, Modine’s President and CEO.
Cathy has been with Modine’s Trenton, Missouri facility for 29 years, starting
in accounting positions and ultimately rising to the level of Plant Manager in
2000. In this position, Cathy is responsible for all aspects of the facility’s
operations, from employee relations to plant financials to operational
performance. Under her leadership, Modine’s sales out of the Trenton facility
have nearly doubled and now comfortably exceed $100 million. Burke added,
“Cathy is a recognized and respected leader within Modine and in her local
community. This STEP award acknowledges Cathy’s hard work, dedication and
constant pursuit of excellence in the critical field of manufacturing.”
“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 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
Modine, with fiscal 2012 revenues of $1.6 billion, specializes in thermal
management systems and components, bringing highly engineered heating and
cooling technology and solutions to diversified global markets. Modine
products are used in light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles, heating,
ventilation and air conditioning equipment, off-highway and industrial
equipment and refrigeration systems. The company employs approximately 6,600
people at 30 facilities worldwide in 16 countries. For more information about
Modine, visit www.modine.com.
Manufacturing Institute Media Contact:
Jacey Wilkins, (202) 637-3493
Modine Manufacturing Company Media Contact:
Margaret C. Kelsey, (262) 636-8442
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