Women at Shaw Industries To Receive National Recognition for Contributions to Manufacturing Industry

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The Manufacturing Institute honors Shaw Industries' Kellie Ballew, Reesie Duncan and Deanna Mathis with 3rd Annual STEP Ahead Award.

"These women are the faces of exciting careers in manufacturing," said The Manufacturing Institute President Jennifer McNelly.

The Manufacturing Institute will award Kellie Ballew, product sustainability manager, Reesie Duncan, Shaw Contract Group creative director; and Deanna Mathis, supply chain business solutions manager with the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award. The STEP Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry.

Ballew and Duncan are among the 100 recipients to be recognized as honorees and Mathis is among the 30 emerging leaders selected. This year’s program was the most competitive to date with hundreds of applicants from numerous manufacturers across the country reflecting the diversity of manufacturing sectors and positions.

Ballew was selected for the positive impact she has made within Shaw, and the industry, through her role in the development and implementation of Shaw’s EcoWorx tile reclamation operation; Duncan selected for encouraging innovation and inspiring others to push the boundaries of what is possible in product design manufacturing, as evidenced by thirteen consecutive years of Best of NeoCon awards for the Shaw Contract Group brand; and Matthis selected for her leadership in managing Shaw’s parcel carrier transition from UPS to FedEx.

"These women are the faces of exciting careers in manufacturing," said The Manufacturing Institute President Jennifer McNelly. "We chose to honor these women because of their significant achievements in manufacturing through positive impact on their company and the industry as a whole."

The STEP Awards are part of the larger STEP Ahead initiative launched in 2012 to promote the role of women in manufacturing through recognition and research.

“The perspectives, judgment, market knowledge, and innovation of women throughout our organization are critical for the long-term success of our company,” said Vance Bell, CEO, Shaw Industries. “We are fortunate to have the tremendous talent represented by these award-winning women.”

The efforts of the STEP Ahead program parallel those of the Shaw Women’s Innovation Network (WiN), a program Shaw launched in 2014 to support the development of leaders at Shaw through resources and opportunities that help women drive successful careers. WiN recognizes the important contributions of women within the workplace and provides members with access to educational resources and training focused on career development and core competencies, mentorship, volunteerism, networking and more.

Ballew, Duncan and Mathis receive the STEP Ahead Awards on March 26, 2015 at a reception in Washington, D.C. The STEP Awards program will highlight each winner, including her leadership and accomplishments in manufacturing. These stories will help inspire next generation female leaders in manufacturing and support current female talent within the industry.

About Shaw Industries
The world’s largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floorcovering provider, Shaw Industries Group, Inc. is a vertically integrated manufacturer that supplies carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, tile & stone flooring products and synthetic turf to residential and commercial markets worldwide. A wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. with more than $4.8 billion (USD) in annual sales and 23,000 associates, Shaw is headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, with salespeople and/or offices located throughout the U.S., as well as Australia, Canada, China, India, Mexico, Singapore and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit http://shawfloors.com/about-shaw.

About The Manufacturing Institute
The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. As a non-partisan organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to the nation's manufacturers. The Institute is the authority on the attraction, qualification and development of world-class manufacturing talent. For more information, please visit http://www.themanufacturinginstitute.org.

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