Swee Har Wilcox
Armstrong Flooring, Inc.
"Today’s manufacturing is safer, cleaner, greener and high tech. Most of all, it provides multitudes of opportunities and growth for all people with diverse talents and aspirations. Through innovation, collaboration and continuous improvement, every team member is given a platform to transform ideas into tangible products."
Swee Har has demonstrated courage and skill in initiating changes to the organizational structure to address the changing needs of the plant and customers. She has effectively applied Lean principles to ensure alignment on roles, priorities, and expectations, and designates time on all shifts to ensure a connection to the entire workforce. Swee Har has also been a strong customer advocate, surpassing service targets and engaging the entire workforce in quality through a system that is recognized as a model for the entire Hardwood Division. She has been very effective in building her leadership team through hiring and onboarding new talent, promoting within, and initiating professional development based on the needs of the team and the individuals.
Swee Har is a tremendous mentor in several areas. She serves on a steering committee for the corporate Engineering Leadership Development Program to select, onboard, and mentor recent college graduates in preparation for future leadership roles within the company. Swee Har is proactive in reaching out to peers to share good ideas and collaborate on improvement initiatives that benefit not only the Jackson plant, but other plants in the company as well.
She is a board member of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce where she serves on the steering committee for “Forward Jackson” to develop the 5-year strategic plan. Swee Har has also supported the Chamber’s “Leadership Jackson”, a professional leadership development program, as a Guest/Panel speaker for the last three years. She leads Armstrong Flooring’s employee fundraising efforts in Jackson and supports several non-profit organizations, including the United Way, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, and the Regional Interfaith Association.