Second Annual Women in Manufacturing STEP Awards Recognize Women for Excellence in Manufacturing

January 6, 2014

The Manufacturing Institute Will Honor Diana Perreiah, President, Alcoa Building and Construction Systems (BCS) North America

The Manufacturing
will award Diana Perreiah, President of Alcoa Building and
Construction Systems in North America, with the Women in Manufacturing
STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award. The STEP
Awards recognize 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.

“The manufacturing world is changing and needs women now more than
ever,” said Diana Perreiah, President, Alcoa BCS North America. “Today’s
manufacturing industry offers high-tech, higher paying careers in which
women can and do succeed, and where their diversity of thought,
experience, skills and background are needed to ensure continued

“Under Diana’s direction, Alcoa Building and Construction Systems North
America continues to thrive. In a challenging market, her team has
achieved positive operational results, while realizing record employee
safety and engagement levels,” said Glen Morrison, President, Alcoa
Building and Construction Systems. “Diana has helped build one of the
most diverse teams in Alcoa that has become a strong talent pipeline for
the organization.”

Manufacturing faces a serious skills gap. A recent survey from Deloitte
and The Manufacturing Institute found that nearly 70 percent of American
manufacturing companies have a moderate to severe shortage of available,
qualified workers.

Part of this gap is the underrepresentation of women in the industry.
While women make up approximately 50 percent of the labor force in the
United States, they comprise just 25 percent of the manufacturing labor
force. In 2012, The Manufacturing Institute launched the STEP Awards to
honor women in the industry and to inspire the next generation of female

“The 160 women we are honoring are the faces of exciting careers in
manufacturing,” said Jennifer McNelly, president, 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 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 best practices for attracting, advancing, and retaining
strong female talent.”

On February 6, The Manufacturing Institute will recognize 160 recipients
of the STEP Awards at a reception in Washington, D.C. The STEP Awards
program will highlight each honoree’s story, including their leadership
and accomplishments in manufacturing.

About Alcoa

Alcoa (NYSE:AA) is the world’s leading producer of primary and
fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and
refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum
industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the
aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial
transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the
past 125 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled
products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels,
fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building
systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as
titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral
part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and
engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow
Jones Sustainability Index for 12 consecutive years and approximately 75
percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in
active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 30
countries across the world. For more information, visit,
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About The Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate
of the National Association of Manufacturers. As a non-partisan
organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge
information and services to the nation’s manufacturers. The Institute is
the authority on the attraction, qualification and development of
world-class manufacturing talent. For more information, please visit

Alcoa Foundation
Suzanne van de Raadt, Communications Manager, 646-404-4027