2017 Outstanding Women in Manufacturing

2017 Outstanding Women in Manufacturing


Beginning in February, SVAM accepted nominations for the 2017 Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing Award. SVAM asked manufacturers from across the region to nominate one woman within their company they felt rises about the rest. This is the fourth year that SVAM has given this award.

The purpose of the award is to show the significant role that women play in manufacturing. This award highlights women, at all levels, who have demonstrated excellence in manufacturing. It encourages women who work in the manufacturing environment to continue to strive for excellence and also helps to showcase a different side of manufacturing, which can often be seen as a male-dominated field. Nominations were scored based on company impact, personal drive, adapting to change, teamwork, and leadership.


The Winner of the 2017 Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing Award is Mary Myers, Manager of Operations at The PBE Group in North Tazewell, Virginia.



Mary has worked for over 34 years in manufacturing, has performed many roles from entry level operator to manager, always has a positive attitude, is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done, displays excellent leadership skills, and is said to show a drive for perfection in all that she does.

Her nominator, Christa Glassburn, stated, “She is a shining example of what is the American dream. She began working at PBE after high school and worked her way up. She has learned everything she knows from her own hard work and dedication to continuous learning. She is always the first to offer to try something new or to take responsibility for something that she doesn’t know how to do. She is a tough but fair and supportive supervisor and a very loyal employee. She always takes the responsibility for any errors made by her team and does her best to solve them in a way which enables the team to learn from their mistakes while not zeroing in on any individual in a public setting. When employees require discipline, she is discreet and professional and believes in giving employees every chance to improve themselves. For all of these reasons and a million more, I truly believe that she serves as an example of what a woman in manufacturing should strive to be.”

The Finalists for The 2017 Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing Award Were:


Stacy Street, Human Resources Specialist at Utility Trailer Manufacturing, Inc. in Glade Spring, Virginia.




Angie Barr, Chief Financial Officer at Strongwell in Bristol, Virginia.


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Julie Fuller, VP of Engineering and Purchasing at Tadano Mantis Corporation in Richlands, Virginia


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Trixy Surber, Production Planner at Scholle IPN in Chilhowie, Virginia
Tina Clevinger, Office Manager/Purchasing at West River Conveyors in Oakwood, Virginia
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