As a little girl, Lori wanted to be a mail woman. With an innate passion for people, the idea of getting to see all of her neighbors every day while delivering mail seemed like a perfect fit. Though she never quite made it to post master, today, you will find Lori delivering on the manufacturing floor.
“I knew in high school that I wanted to be an engineer because I was on a robotics building team that taught me about the infinite number of problems that need to be solved,” Lori recalls. This early exposure to engineering made her first job as a Welding Robot Technician on Large Wheel Loaders a natural progression of her early adopted appetite for problem solving.
Recently, Lori and her team took on a project involving a massive capacity challenge. Lori’s thought leadership and strong technical foundation resulted in a successful project in growing capacity and production – all under budget. Lori’s forward thinking and long-term vision was so fruitful that other facilities across the globe have successfully replicated this model. In addition, Lori’s team was recognized by senior leadership, receiving the President’s Quality Award in 2014.
When asked to recall critical moments in her career that have helped guide her toward her many accomplishments, Lori shared, “I have had the benefit of many, many people taking time to answer questions and teach me.” Other experiences that have shaped Lori’s journey include her time as an off shift Production Supervisor, working in Supply Chain to learn about commercial agreements with suppliers and becoming a certified 6 Sigma black belt. In Lori’s current role as Operations Manager, she has responsibility for the outputs of the team and processes, this, as Lori describes, “is a great recipe for accountability.”
Lori is a great example of why inclusion of women and diversity as a whole in manufacturing is so important. Lori’s unique perspective and natural enthusiasm enables her to meet different challenges in creative ways creating better solutions for the business.