Just among us girls: Plastics industry management isn’t just a “Guy Thing” any more

02/23/2012

Some believe it's long overdue, but at last women are being recognized for their accomplishments in the plastics industry. Recently, Maureen Steinwall walked away with the Processor of the Year Award, awarded by Crain Communications Plastics News. She was up against some formidable competitors - male-owned/managed companies, I might add - and it's not too over-the-top to say she was plenty excited about the recognition.

"There's still some reluctance in the [plastics] industry to accept women as owners," Steinwall said to me as we talked about whether or not things have changed over the past couple of decades.

She bases her observations on her experiences as a owner of Steinwall Inc., which she purchased from her father in 1987, admitting that there are times when she has trouble making inroads with a potential customer or winning business because of a bias in dealing with a woman-owned manufacturing company....
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