Award recognizes women in manufacturing who demonstrate excellence and
DULUTH, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 16, 2019--
AGCO Corporation (NYSE: AGCO), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor
of agriculture equipment and solutions, announces that Jane Song,
manager, production for AGCO Power in Changzhou was honored with a 2019
STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production) Ahead Awards
from The Women In Manufacturing, an initiative of the Manufacturing
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From L: Director, HR Talent Management, Diversity & Inclusion Eric Haggard; Senior Manager, Talent Management APA Jessie He; Manager, Production, AGCO Power Jane Song; SVP, Global Business Services Lucinda Smith; VP, HR, APA and Global Programs Lauri Lipka; SVP, General Manager, APA Gary Collar. Photo by David Bohrer/National Association of Manufacturers
This honor identifies the best of the best women at all levels of the
manufacturing industry, from the factory floor to the C suite.
“We are proud that this is the seventh consecutive year AGCO women have
been honored with a STEP Ahead Award. Jane Song, our 2019 honoree, makes
a difference every day at AGCO and in her community,” said Lucinda
Smith, senior vice president, Global Business Services at AGCO. “Jane’s
recognition through the STEP Ahead Program speaks to the importance of
TRAIT, AGCO’s diversity and inclusion program.”
Jane is a remarkable woman whose career path is an inspiration to the
whole AGCO Power team, as leadership roles are rare among women in this
industry in China. She is also committed to ensuring her employees have
the training they need to be successful in their roles. Under her
management, more than 90 percent of employees have three-station
operating matrix skills. Her employees are comfortable contributing
ideas to improve workflow, and due to her mentoring, the LEAN
Manufacturing 6S results are outstanding at the Changzhou location.
“As a production manager, I need to work closely together with my
colleagues for the best output. I have learned a lot from the work and
the people and enjoy it all,” said Jane.
Jane is also passionate about giving back to her community. She has lent
her organizational and leadership skills in a number of ways to benefit
the elderly and intellectually disabled children.
TRAIT, AGCO’s diversity & inclusion program, is built on our core values
of Team Spirit, Respect, Accountability, Integrity and Transparency.
AGCO Global Women’s Network is an integral portion of TRAIT and is a
business advisory group that develops, promotes and advocates leadership
of women as growers of profitability, collaboration and a diverse
culture across AGCO.
The STEP Ahead Awards, 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.
“Women are the single largest pool of untapped potential talent within
the manufacturing industry, and we must continue to do everything we can
to promote gender diversity within this field,” said Keira Lombardo,
Chair of STEP Ahead and executive vice president of corporate affairs
and compliance for Smithfield Foods. “The STEP Ahead Awards program not
only recognizes the incredible women in manufacturing who have an impact
on the daily lives of people all over the world, it sends an incredibly
powerful message to the next generation of female leaders that the
manufacturing industry offers innovative and fulfilling careers in which
women can thrive.”
“AGCO is very proud of Jane Song`s recognition,” said Lucinda Smith.
Recently several AGCO facilities, departments and employees have also
been honored for significant achievements and contributions to the
industry. Examples of these recognitions are: China Automotive Logistics
Innovation Award, by China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing;
Bronze, Best Workplace for women, by Association for Women`s Career
Development Hungary; Diversity & Inclusion, by World HRD Congress; Best
Place to Work in Brazil, by Love Mondays/Glassdoor; and Manufacturing
Leadership Award, by National Association of Manufacturers.
AGCO (NYSE:AGCO) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and
distribution of agricultural solutions and delivers high-tech solutions
for farmers feeding the world through its full line of equipment and
related services. AGCO products are sold through five core brands,
Challenger®, Fendt®, GSI®, Massey Ferguson® and Valtra®, supported by
Fuse® smart farming solutions. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in
Duluth, Georgia, USA, AGCO had net sales of $9.4 billion in 2018. For
more information, visit http://www.AGCOcorp.com.
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About The Manufacturing Institute
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information and services to the nation's manufacturers. The Institute is
the authority on the attraction, qualification and development of
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