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Crestview Hills Woman, Toyota Manager, Wins Award

The Manufacturing Institute bestowed its Women in Manufacturing STEP (science, technology, engineering, and production) Ahead Award to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky general manager of production control Renee Robertson.

She is a resident of Crestview Hills.

The STEP Ahead Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers. Award winners represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory-floor to executive leadership.

 “The women who we are celebrating represent the exciting career opportunities available in manufacturing,” said Michelle Kumbier, 2019 Chair of STEP Ahead and Chief Operating Officer at Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “The STEP Ahead Award honors successful women in this industry for their significant achievements and the positive impact they have made on their companies, their communities and the industry as a whole.”

Women totaled 47 percent of the U.S. labor force in 2016, but only 29 percent of the manufacturing workforce – constituting one of manufacturing’s largest pools of untapped talent.

“Renee’s dedication to our team at Toyota Kentucky and her influence in seeing more women begin and excel in manufacturing careers is exemplary,” said Susan Elkington, president of TMMK. “It is because of the persistent efforts of Renee and others that we are able to inspire confidence in young women to pursue rewarding careers in manufacturing.”

As the production control general manager at Toyota’s largest manufacturing facility in the world, Robertson leads a team of 120 and oversees production planning, parts ordering and logistics. Previously, she held multiple positions across the organization including in accounting and finance; purchasing; diversity and inclusion; and business planning.

Renee is one of three Toyota team members from multiple operations across North America to receive the STEP Ahead Award this year, others recognized include:

  • Shamaya Morris, Production Engineering Specialist, Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia
  • Marie Kendrick, Powertrain Engineer, Bodine Aluminum, Troy, Mo. (Posthumous)

-Staff report

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