Melissa Irons, a procurement manager, and Arwen Kathke, a senior engineer, are among a class of 130 women.  -  Photo: The Manufacturing Institute

Melissa Irons, a procurement manager, and Arwen Kathke, a senior engineer, are among a class of 130 women.

Photo: The Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute (MI) announced it will honor Cooper Tire’s Missy Irons and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Arwen Kathke at the 10th annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production (STEP) Ahead Awards gala on April 28 in Washington, D.C.

The STEP Ahead Awards celebrate women’s impact on the manufacturing industry. 

Winners were chosen by an external panel of industry leaders based on the criteria of innovation, leadership, mentorship, and community engagement.

Irons, a procurement manager, and Kathke, a senior engineer, are recognized as 2022 STEP Ahead Honorees among a class of 130 women.

"The STEP Ahead Awards highlight women who are role models to the next generation of manufacturing leaders," said Rich Kramer, Goodyear CEO/president. “Both Missy and Arwen have made exceptional contributions to our business and communities, and we are proud to see them join the program alongside a decade of inspiring STEP Ahead alumni.”

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