BorgWarner Jalisco Plant Manager to receive Women in Manufacturing Award
The Manufacturing Institute, a Washington, DC-based organization dedicated to improving manufacturing, will grant a Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Award to Skotti Fietsam, Plant Manager at BorgWarner Morse Systems, a facility located in El Salto, Jalisco.
The award honors women who demonstrate excellence and leadership at all levels of the manufacturing industry. STEP stands for science, technology, engineering and production.
“Skotti passionately pursues excellence with energy and an engaging attitude,” said Tonit Calaway, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, BorgWarner. “We are very proud of her accomplishments. Skotti is a role model for anyone who aspires to a fulfilling career in manufacturing,” he added.
Using her lean manufacturing and effective communication skills, Skotti has improved supplier reliability in China, launched a startup operation in Brazil and is leading a rapidly growing facility in Mexico.
At the same time, she helped establish a community outreach committee and developed formal mentoring programs. “I am humbled to receive such an award and excited to continue developing future leaders,” said Fietsam.
According to The Manufacturing Institute, women make up about 47% of the labor force, but only 27% of the manufacturing workforce.
The STEP Ahead Awards promote the role of women in manufacturing as part of the larger STEP Ahead initiative, launched to attract, advance and retain strong female talent in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research and leadership.