American Crane & Equipment Corporation's Karen Norheim Named as Nominee in the 25th Annual Tribute to Exceptional Women

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YWCA Tri-County Area's 25th Annual Tribute to Exceptional Women. Dare to be Powerful!

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"These women are fearless leaders whose impact on women and girls in our country is undeniable" - Alejandra Castillo, YWCA USA CEO

On Tuesday, March 24th, 2020, American Crane's Karen Norheim will receive an award as one of this year's YWCA Tri-County Area's 25th Annual Tribute to Exceptional Women. Dare to be Powerful!

The YWCA's mission lives in the soul of everyone at YWCA Tri-County Area, because we demand a world of equity and human decency. We envision a world of opportunity. We commit ourselves to the work of justice. Every day, we get up and do the work.

Over the past 25 years, YWCA Tri-County Area (YW3CA) has honored over 200 women who get up and do the work in our communities at our annual Tribute to Exceptional Women. This tradition of honoring exceptional women will continue at this year’s annual luncheon hosted at Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Pa.

YW3CA’s Tribute to Exceptional Women recognizes women for their ability to lead by example, embrace community responsibility, and demonstrate exceptional leadership in one of the several awards categories. YW3CA has been proud to provide this opportunity for the community to recognize and celebrate the exceptional contributions made by women in the tri-county and surrounding areas.

"These women are fearless leaders whose impact on women and girls in our country is undeniable. They exemplify the essence of Audre Lorde's words and the ethos of our organization's mission to eliminate racism and empower women. Their tireless efforts and dedication to improving and centering the lives of women and girls are truly admirable, and we are proud to life up and recognize these women for their leadership." - Alejandra Castillo, YWCA USA CEO

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 identication 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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