Melissa Greenlee
Director of Operations - Findlay Operations
Whirlpool Corporation

“Manufacturing represents the true essence of craftsmanship and the American pride that our employees have in their work. As a leader, I have been given opportunities to grow and develop many individuals, as well as myself, all striving to manufacture family-oriented products.”

As Director of Operations at Whirlpool’s plant in Findlay, OH, Melissa Greenlee has managed a spend of more than $65M across many new product launches and a variety of projects. Under her strong and agile leadership, her team has developed new concepts for an oven cavity and dishwasher tub, installed new Industry 4.0 technology automation, and increased production capacities.

Melissa recently led a multiyear transformation of the technology and processes inside the launch of a new product. This required developing a new manufacturing process to integrate a programming technology to flash controls within the factory. The process devised by Melissa and her team is now considered a best practice, to be carried across all Whirlpool plants in future product launches.

She is an active member of the Whirlpool Women’s Network (WWN), an employee resource group working to engage and empower women. As part of this initiative, Melissa co-chaired a mentor circle for female engineers at Whirlpool’s five Ohio plants. She also facilitated a StrengthsFinder 2.0 session at the Clyde, OH, plant to help female employees develop their talents. In 2017, Melissa directly mentored ten technical professionals, who were so enthusiastic about the process that they are now moving forward as mentors themselves to pay it forward. She also works tirelessly to inspire the next generation by promoting STEM activities in local schools.

Melissa is an engaged member of the Findlay community. She is active in her church, teaching Sunday School and donating to every food drive. She also regularly runs in 5K races to benefit local charities. Melissa understands the importance of supporting local businesses and shops local whenever possible. She also makes time to volunteer at the local soup kitchen as well as with her daughter’s school activities.

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