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Alcoa BCS President receives STEP Award

Today, Alcoa announced that Diana Perreiah, President of Alcoa Building and Construction Systems (BCS) in North America, was awarded the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award by the Manufacturing Institute. This is the second annual Women in Manufacturing STEP Awards which recognizes women for excellence in manufacturing. The STEP awards recognize all levels of the industry from the factory floor to the President of a company, and they will hold a reception for the 160 recipients from over 110 companies in Washington D.C. on February 6, 2014. Each individual will be honored, and their story will be highlighted.

An Alcoa logo is seen on glass at the corporate headquarters January 7, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Alcoa announced they would layoff 13 percent of their workforce, or 13,500 employees worldwide.
Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

“The manufacturing world is changing and needs women now more than ever,” said Diana Perreiah, President, Alcoa BCS North America. “Today’s manufacturing industry offers high-tech, higher paying careers in which women can and do succeed, and where their diversity of thought, experience, skills and background are needed to ensure continued advancements.”

“Under Diana’s direction, Alcoa Building and Construction Systems North America continues to thrive. In a challenging market, her team has achieved positive operational results, while realizing record employee safety and engagement levels,” said Glen Morrison, President, Alcoa Building and Construction Systems. “Diana has helped build one of the most diverse teams in Alcoa that has become a strong talent pipeline for the organization.”

The Manufacturing Institute launched the STEP Awards in 2012 to honor women and bring more attention to the manufacturing industry. According to conducted research surveys, the manufacturing industry faces a skills gap with approximately 70 percent of manufacturing companies reporting a moderate to severe shortage of qualified workers. While the labor force is comprised of 50 percent of women, the manufacturing labor force is comprised of 25 percent women. The goal of the STEP awards is to influence the next generation of a women to enter the industry.

Check out the attached video for more on the gender gap in the manufacturing industry

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