Miles Fiberglass & Composites president receives Women in Manufacturing award

Lori Luchak-Olund, president of Miles Fiberglass & Composites and past chairwoman of the American Composites Manufacturers Assn. (ACMA), has been named of 160 to receive the National Association of Manufacturer's award.

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The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA, Washington, D.C.) reported on Jan. 8 that National Association of Manufacturer's (NAM’s) Manufacturing Institute has chosen past ACMA chairwoman Lori Luchak-Olund, president Miles Fiberglass & Composites (Portland, Ore., USA), to receive the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award. The STEP Awards honors women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry. On Feb. 6, The Manufacturing Institute will recognize 160 recipients of the STEP Awards at a reception in Washington, D.C.

“Lori Luchak’s innovative leadership has advanced the sustainability of composites manufacturing throughout North America,” says ACMA President Tom Dobbins. “We are thrilled that her contributions are being celebrated. Lori is a leader in ACMA and an important role model to future women in manufacturing.”

“These 160 women are the faces of exciPng careers in manufacturing,” said Jennifer McNelly, president, The Manufacturing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. “We chose to honor these women because they each made significant achievements in manufacturing through posiPve impact on their company and the industry as a whole. “The STEP Awards are part of the larger STEP Ahead initiative launched to examine and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research, and best pracPces for acracting, advancing, and retaining strong female talent.

A recent survey from Deloice and The Manufacturing Institute found that nearly 70 percent of American manufacturing companies have a moderate to severe shortage of available, qualified workers.

The STEP Awards program, being held at 5:30 p.m. February 6 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. will highlight each honoree’s story, including their leadership and accomplishments in manufacturing.