Candace Corso
Production Supervisor
3M


“Manufacturing is a place where you can truly make a difference. We have a direct impact on the product, how it is made, tested and shipped. We are empowered to explore new opportunities and work with global teams to solve engineering problems.”





Candace has successfully managed more than $6 million in capital projects ranging in size from $50,000 to $2 million. In addition to completing a $2 million project to install a new curing system for a continuous production line, she led the installation of four separate capital equipment projects on a radioactive production line. As a process engineer, Candace has managed customer demand challenges through completion of several lean projects in her production area, among other impactful achievements. Candace’s willingness to lead difficult projects and tackle challenges head-on has been key to her success.

While working with 3M’s Fuel Cell Team, her efforts were integral to a number of key improvements which ultimately spurred a Kaizen initiative for the entire Fuel Cell group. While serving as Chair of 3M’s DiscoverE program, Candace increased program volunteers from 35 to more than 300, and the number of students impacted from 400 to over 4,000. This remarkable achievement led Candace to earn a 3M Gives Volunteer Award in 2015.  

She has mentored many people in her career including women, new hires and interns at 3M, and currently, a high school student who is in an engineering program. Candace has worked closely with her mentees to provide professional guidance, facilitate manufacturing site visits, job shadowing opportunities and more. Her passion for manufacturing and engineering is reflected by her mentees, and is evident to anyone who reaches out to her for advice and guidance.

Candace volunteers her time in the community where she has been a judge at regional and state science fairs and has facilitated companywide efforts to support Lego League kit-building. She is actively involved with local colleges and summer programs for young women to promote STEM careers. Through 3M’s Volunteer Club, Candace also volunteers at events for Second Harvest Heartland, local animal shelters and Habitat for Humanity. In her spare time, Candace is an active triathlete and competes at the World Championship level for half Ironman events.

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