Since 2015, MetalForming magazine has published its Women of Excellence list to promote the importance of women in the metal forming and fabricating industry. Based on the criteria of longevity, accomplishments, and personal attributes, The Women of Excellence list recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding talent in a manufacturing career.
Karen Phillips, a 25-year veteran of O’Neal Manufacturing Services has been named a recipient of this year’s Women of Excellence award. Karen has displayed leadership, team support, and approachability that have been invaluable in the industrial safety arena. In addition to her professionalism and strong work ethic, Karen’s dedication and experience have earned her multiple awards and certificates of achievement that have contributed to the creation of a world-class safety program at the OMS Pittsburgh facility.
“I am truly humbled by this recognition and greatly admire all the women I know who are expert welders, machine operators, and office employees in metal fabricating businesses.”
Karen’s experience in the metals industry began in administrative support and grew to include roles of shipping supervisor, production supervisor, ERP expert, safety specialist, and environmental health and safety manager. In her 25-year tenure, Karen has demonstrated on-the-job excellence and a commitment to manufacturing.
“A lot has changed in 25 years,” said Phillips. “The sky is the limit for women in the steel industry.”
MetalForming magazine, in conjunction with the Precision Metalforming Association and Women in Manufacturing Association, created this acknowledgment not only to recognize individuals who make our industry progressive, dynamic, and innovative but also to help support those females that may be interested in a similar career. It is their hope that these awards celebrate the achievements of women in manufacturing and inspire other women to pursue manufacturing opportunities.