Sonya Hanson
Quality Manager & EHS Coordinator
A.J. Oster, LLC
Warwick, RI

"I was raised in the mill village where my great grandfather was the mill Superintendent, where folks were proud of what they created. Manufacturing builds this type of pride. Pride ignites passion. The combination creates an atmosphere that produces world class quality products, strengthens our economy, and supports local communities.”

Sonya is the only woman among the 30 production employees at A.J. Oster’s Rhode Island manufacturing plant.  She joined the company in February of 2004, and over the past ten years she has earned the respect of her peers and management alike. She is a trusted go-to person, and her opinions are highly valued by those who work with her.  Safety is of paramount importance at A.J. Oster, and the company is in the process of applying for Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) certification. In VPP, management, labor, and OSHA work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses through a vetted system.
 
Sonya is A.J. Oster’s Rhode Island plant champion for the VPP application process, working with the corporate safety manager to ensure project deliverables are accomplished on time. Sonya has taken the lead to guide the team through the VPP certification process, a comprehensive review where employers must undergo a rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals.  In addition to her responsibilities in her role as quality manager and being instrumental in the VPP process, Sonya also contributes to LEAN and 5S initiatives through the manufacturing plant.  
 
Sonya’s tenacity, work ethic, dedication, and loyalty set her apart. She has a strong sense of urgency and passion for excellence.   Her enthusiasm is contagious and makes her a leader people want to follow. She has raised the bar on safety and quality.  Her technical knowledge, her track record, and her leadership skills make her a true role model.

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