Elia Lopez
Plant Manager – Lima, OH
Procter & Gamble 
“For 30 years, I've loved manufacturing! This is where talented individuals bring innovation to life with executional excellence! We delight consumers with our products, and we are constantly leveraging new technology and ideas to meet the future needs of our consumers while providing value for our business and employees.”

Elia is the Site Leader of the Procter & Gamble site in Lima, Ohio. This is the company’s largest manufacturing site in the entire company, but during her tenure of more than three years, Elia has delivered record productivity improvements, record net savings, record volumes and record organizational survey scores. Most impressive is her sustained contribution across multiple Procter & Gamble businesses and technologies across 30 years.

Recognized for her strong connection to people on the manufacturing floor, Elia is a role model of servant leadership and is always seeking to simplify the life of the operator. She openly advocates for more women to receive opportunities in the company and to set them up for success. Elia is a mentor for several young leaders and also devotes a significant time sponsoring the Latino Network for the region, visiting sites with high enrollment of Latino leaders and provides mentoring on how to be successful in the Procter & Gamble culture.

Under Elia’s leadership, Procter & Gamble’s presence and recognition in the community has risen. She is an Executive Board member of the Ohio Manufacturer’s Association, the Allen Economic Development Group, the Greater Lima Region, Inc, and LINK LIMA of Allen County, OH. The organization has sponsored job fairs, focused on driving STEM awareness among high school students and required volunteerism within the Site Leadership Team. Local job fairs have introduced members of the community to Procter & Gamble manufacturing and helped them understand the key skills needed to successfully join the team. Elia and her team have worked to create a strong Procter & Gamble equity in the Lima community. For example, the Lima team partnered with a local baseball tournament for a booth which highlighted the launch of Tide’s Fabric Care. This allowed manufacturing to connect consumers to the product benefit, resulting in increased awareness and higher sales.   

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