Erid Valdez Vasquez
Plant Manager
Rockwell Automation

“Manufacturing gives me the extraordinary opportunity to stay at the forefront of technology and strengthen my leadership skills while my team and I grow together. In many ways we get to be part of our company success and help to develop the next generations, assuring the future of the industry.”

In her second year as plant manager, Erid continuously makes significant contributions in support of Rockwell Automation’s yearly performance objectives. She developed and executed strategies which led her plant in the Dominican Republic to achieve one full year with no recordable safety incidents. Erid’s efforts also helped the plant reduce the number of quality defects by 34 percent and achieve its yearly gross productivity improvement goals. In her work, Erid has continued to develop a culture of excellence in safety, quality, cost savings and inventory management.

Leadership skills such as Erid’s come in handy within a facility of 394 employees. In addition to helping lead a Fiscal Year 2018 Operations and Engineering kick-off meeting, she has been asked to utilize her skills to develop and oversee the 2018 plant manager’s forum. Erid often speaks at corporate events and all-employee meetings where she is viewed as an effective and dynamic leader.

During 2017, Erid was a formal mentor for three women. All three grew either in their careers or outside of the company thanks to her mentorship. She has also hosted mentoring events in which she brought in leaders to speak to the women of her facility. Erid created the Dominican Republic chapter of the Professional Women Council (PWC), which has been very effective in helping women develop in the workplace.

Through the PWC, Erid has helped support local schools with supply drives and reading events, has been involved in STEM workshops for young children and sponsored the orphanage “Pasitos de Jesus.” She has also been involved in environmental care efforts for reforestation and coast cleaning activities, including events where volunteers have picked up thousands of pounds in waste and recyclable material. Erid’s leadership and commitment to her community has continued to make a difference in the Dominican Republic.

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