Three Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. employees have earned Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards from the Manufacturing Institute.
Christine Linder, manufacturing services manager at Cooper’s manufacturing facility in Texarkana, Ark., Stacie Rampe, corporate benefits and payroll manager in Findlay, Ohio, and Kelsey Wensink, regional credit manager, also in Findlay, are among 130 women nationally to earn the honor in 2017.The STEP Ahead Awards program, now in its fifth year, recognizes women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of manufacturing, from the factory floor to senior executive leadership. On April 20, winners of the STEP Ahead Award will be recognized at a reception in Washington, D.C. The three Cooper honorees will attend along with members of the tire company's senior executive leadership team.
“It’s gratifying to see that three Cooper leaders, out of hundreds of women who were nominated nationwide, earned this important recognition," says Brad Hughes, Cooper’s CEO and president. "Christine, Stacie and Kelsey continue to make a positive impact at our company, in the field of manufacturing, and in our communities. All three play integral roles at Cooper and serve as outstanding role models to other women and men in their manufacturing careers.”
Linder joined Cooper as a co-op student in 2002 and three years later became a full-time member of the Cooper team. She has served in a variety of engineering roles with the company before accepting her current position as manufacturing services manager. Her community volunteerism includes serving as a wish granter for Make-A-Wish and as a board member for the United Way of Greater Texarkana. Linder was named a young professional “On the Rise” by Modern Tire Dealer in 2016. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Toledo and a master’s degree in business administration from Texas A&M University – Texarkana. Rampe has more than two decades of experience in manufacturing. She joined Cooper in 2012 as a senior human resources business partner and later moved into her current position as corporate manager of payroll and benefits. In the community, she promotes tire and vehicle safety for teens and young adults as a volunteer for Cooper’s Tread Wisely program. She also serves as a board member for Children’s Mentoring Connection of Hancock County and the Business Affiliates Scholarship program at the University of Findlay. Rampe holds a bachelor’s degree in human resource management and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in organizational leadership, both from the University of Findlay.
Wensink, honored as a STEP Ahead Award Emerging Leader, a category for women in manufacturing under the age of 30, has been a Cooper employee since 2009. She worked in several purchasing and sourcing roles before taking on her current position as regional credit manager.Wensink volunteers as a member of Cooper’s Dream Team, a group of employees who work with youth to enhance the image of careers in manufacturing. Wensink holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a specialization in supply chain management, from Bowling Green State University, and is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration with a focus on organizational l eadership from the University of Findlay.
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