Sherry Lee
Plant Manager, Plastics Plant, Chesterfield, SEF
Stanley Black and Decker

“Manufacturing has given and continues to give me opportunities to grow. To see processes change time and time again, until it is the best it can be, is just one of the remarkable aspects of this industry. Manufacturing is an opportunity for innovation to be stretched until you think it cannot be stretched any further, and then you do it all over again.”

As a Stanley Black and Decker Plant Manager, Sherry Lee is responsible for a product that generates more than $35 million in revenue through the contribution of approximately 75 employees. Over the last 12 months, Sherry has led an Industry 4.0 initiative, defining how to leverage technology to develop a highly competitive model for the plant in a high cost labor environment. As a result of Sherry’s leadership and diligence, the plant has achieved an 8 percent increase in OEE and an 11 percent increase in labor productivity. It was then designated as one of two “Lighthouse Factories” in the Stanley Black and Decker portfolio of more than 100 facilities based on these achievements.

Sherry’s experience and pragmatic demeanor have been critical in her leadership of the Stanley Black and Decker team. She’s unafraid of challenges, and brings people along on each project journey through education and skill development. Recently, Sherry was instrumental in developing a relationship with the University of Michigan Tauber Institute advocating for three students to spend time on projects with Stanley Black and Decker. As an active leader in the Stanley Black and Decker Women’s Network, Sherry also encourages other women in their career aspirations and serves as a role model for how women can be successful in manufacturing.

Sherry is a compassionate leader who isn’t afraid to expend energy to make things happen. She was essential in installing a “Jeans Friday” initiative at the company’s Chesterfield location which raised money for local charities. Sherry also personally organized support for the Sandcastle Grief Support charity and the Berville Lions Club providing services to the visually impaired. In addition, Sherry developed a student internship opportunity with a local community college and coordinated a donation tool with a local fire department. Sherry does a lot of good work for the community behind the scenes, not seeking public recognition. Across multiple initiatives, she’s set a powerful tone for participation and giving back. 

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