Lois Crandell
Plant Leader- Plastics Center of Excellence
GE Appliances, a Haier Company

“Manufacturing energizes me. Working with people and turning challenges into opportunities never gets old. It is rewarding to be able to coach people – both hourly and salaried - to think differently so that they can see the problems, identify possible abatements and execute solutions.”

Through her relentless focus on Environmental Health and Safety, Lois Crandell has distinguished herself as one of GE Appliances’ newest Plant Leaders. Her plant, one of the company’s top performers, has delivered a challenging operating plan and is on its way to producing over $1 million of favorability for the business.

In her previous role as Executive Sourcing Leader, she single-handedly led her team to successfully reduce or eliminate high risk to the business by dual-sourcing a product or completely moving the product to a more reliable supplier—all without impacting delivery to customers or introducing long-term contracts.

With experience in numerous fields including Plant Operations, Environmental Health and Safety, Quality, Manufacturing, Engineering, Program Management, Lean and Process Improvement, Lois is renowned for her strong project management skills, process diligence and task execution. This breadth of experience makes Lois a leader in promoting manufacturing career paths, particularly for young women. She is routinely sought after by employees to provide guidance and mentoring based on her experiences, but more importantly because of her approachability and willingness to invest in people.

Lois’ collaborative and inclusive leadership over the last year has been historic for the plant. Her dedication to strengthening work relationships, developing talent and impacting the community are evidenced through her involvement with organizations like the GE Appliances Women’s Network. Through the Women’s Network, she created a Working Moms organization to provide resources and support for mothers in the workforce. Also leading the company’s United Way campaign, Lois inspires employees to make a difference in the greater Louisville community by donating to nonprofit organizations and accredited schools.

Her commitment to giving back to the community is more than a passion—it’s her life. Despite frequent relocations throughout her career, Lois always finds time to support local organizations through various volunteer efforts. From serving on the Board of Directors for Kentucky’s Make-A-Wish Foundation, to working with Family Scholar House and the Cincinnati Children’s Advisory Council, Lois continually lends support to those who truly need it.

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