Two women in the plastics industry were recently recognized as 2015 STEP Ahead Award honorees: Annette Crandall, President of Quality Assured Plastics Inc., a Lawrence, MI–based custom injection molding company; and Brenda Galindo, Material Planner for Lancer Corp., a maker of soda fountain and beverage dispensing machines based in San Antonio, TX. STEP stands for science, technology, engineering and production.
Crandall told PlasticsToday that she doesn’t really consider manufacturing a “man’s world,” adding that “it’s our world and I use my unique skills and abilities to do what needs to be done to succeed.” She does admit that it can sometimes be difficult for a woman to earn the respect of her peers in this industry, “but performance earns respect and success speaks for itself.”
For other women out there in the plastics industry, Crandall has this advice: “Go for it! There are a lot of great opportunities in the plastics industry for anyone who loves to make things, lead teams, solve problems and improve processes.”
Crandall was instrumental in many aspects of the new business, from writing the corporate bylaws, incorporating the business and working with financial institutions to creating a business plan and overseeing the day-to-day operations. She currently provides leadership not only as President, but also in human resources and finance. Under her guidance, Quality Assured Plastics has grown into a $5-million injection molding company with 50 employees.
Commenting on the influencers in her life, Galindo said, “Growing up in a family of mostly women, the one that stands out the most to me would be one of my older sisters, Wendy. She showed me how to stand on my own two feet and not accept defeat; to stand back up and try again.”