Eaton Employees Honored with Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Award

Eaton Employees Honored with Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Award

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Power management company Eaton announced that The Manufacturing Institute awarded Lauryn King, team leader, Assembly Technicians, Vehicle Group, Eaton, and Staci Kroon, executive vice president, Eaton Business System, the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award for their achievements in the manufacturing industry. The STEP Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory-floor to the C-suite.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by The Manufacturing Institute alongside a distinguished group of women who work tirelessly to achieve industry excellence and success for our customers,” said Kroon. “I am especially proud to be recognized with Lauryn King, one of Eaton’s best and brightest young employees who early in her professional career has demonstrated the kind of leadership qualities that embodies our values at Eaton.”

STEP Ahead is designed to help improve the retention of existing female talent and highlight role models that can help raise awareness about careers for women in manufacturing. The Manufacturing Institute announced the recipients of the STEP Awards March 1, and held an awards reception on April 21 in Washington, D.C.

“These 130 women are the faces of exciting careers in manufacturing,” said Jennifer McNelly, executive director, The Manufacturing Institute. “We chose to honor these women because they each made significant achievements in manufacturing through positive impact on their company and the industry as a whole. The STEP Ahead Awards are part of the larger STEP Ahead initiative, launched to examine and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research, and leadership for attracting, advancing, and retaining strong female talent.”

King began her career at Eaton in 2013 as a test engineer and was named team leader, Assembly Technicians in 2015. She began her career in 2009 with Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems where she held engineering and managerial positions of increasing responsibility. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Astrophysics and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, both from Indiana University.
Kroon began her career at Eaton in 1996, and has held numerous operations and business leadership roles in the Vehicle Group including president, Automotive, North America, general manager of the Heavy Duty Transmission business in North America, director of Business Development, business unit manager and manufacturing operations manager for Eaton’s automotive business.

Kroon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the Wharton School of Business, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Postgraduate Degree in Design, Manufacturing and Management from Cambridge University.


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