American Crane & Equipment Corporation's Karen Norheim Named as 2020 STEP Ahead Awards Honoree

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Karen Norheim of American Crane and Equipment Corporation to be honored at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

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Leaders like Mrs. Norheim enable companies to “STEP” it up in manufacturing.

On Thursday, April 30th, 2020, American Crane's Karen Norheim will be honored as one of this year's 2020 STEP Awards recipients at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

The Manufacturing Institute launched the STEP Women’s Initiative in 2012 to celebrate women in the manufacturing industry that are making a difference through advocacy, mentorship, engagement, promotion, and leadership. The Eighth-Annual STEP Ahead Awards will highlight the achievements of real women in manufacturing on a national stage with a formal gala to celebrate individuals. This national honor identifies top talent in the manufacturing industry and further encourages award winners to mentor and support the next generation of female talent to pursue manufacturing careers.

Leaders like Mrs. Norheim enable companies to “STEP” it up in manufacturing. As an Honoree, Karen joins a network of women who are making significant contributions to the U.S. manufacturing industry.

Karen Norheim is passionate about all things manufacturing. As the 2nd generation coming into the leadership role for the her family’s company, American Crane & Equipment Corporation, Karen has sought to solidify the “Founder’s Legacy” while putting her own stamp on the company culture.

Karen’s company’s culture – GRIT Matters: Perseverance, Heart & Integrity is the core of their vision, mission and values. Her role, as she puts it, is that of the gardener as she leads the successful day-to-day operations of American Crane, a 180-person manufacturing facility headquartered in Douglassville, Pennsylvania, into the future. American Crane is recognized as a leader in the design and manufacture of cranes, hoists and other material handling equipment.

The work that Karen has accomplished by mentoring others and promoting the industry has made her a leader in the manufacturing industry in Berks County and beyond. She is a true spokesperson for the great jobs and quality of life that the industry can provide, and she is also a dynamic force when it comes to the immense technology and innovation occurring in manufacturing at a rapid rate. Karen is an advocate for encouraging young people to consider a career in manufacturing – particularly women. She is a frequent speaker at local schools and professional organizations.

In addition to her many roles within the company, Karen also sits on the boards of many industry leading organizations. Karen plays a pivotal role in the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance’s Next Gen Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership. Her leadership within this group as an appointed “Champion” has strongly supported the identification of common areas for regional growth, talent development, and workforce pipeline solutions that can be addressed with one voice. Karen is Vice-President of Crane Manufacturers Association of America, Inc. (CMAA), and also serves as Chairperson for the National
Board of Women in Manufacturing (WiM).

American Crane & Equipment Corporation (ACECO) is a privately held international material handling company with locations in Southeastern Pennsylvania, USA. They are the leading manufacturer of cranes, hoists and other material handling equipment, with powerful innovation, proven experience and are a government approved supplier.

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