Kayla Lowrie
R&D Manager
Armstrong Flooring, Inc.

“Manufacturing is an outlet for creativity and problem solving resulting in a tangible commodity. It is an opportunity to mold, develop and shape dreams into reality. My passion stems from driving my team to invent and revamp products by pushing boundaries, utilizing unfamiliar materials and embracing technological advancements.”

As R&D Manager at Armstrong, Kayla has accountability for a team of 17 scientists, engineers and technicians, providing direct support to the company’s North American Resilient flooring business. In addition, she works closely with Armstrong’s team in China to ensure strong global analytical capability. In recent years, Kayla has played a lead role in helping Armstrong’s R&D team be more effective in project execution, rapid commercialization, competitive benchmarking, and reverse engineering. She also lends her technical strengths in the area of Product Stewardship, helping maintain the highest standards. Finally, Kayla has a strong commitment to safety, serving on the site’s Emergency Response team and acting as R&D representative to the Corporate Safety Committee.

The example Kayla sets resonates within her team, inspiring those around her to take on new challenges, to meet and exceed company goals, and to advance their own careers. Kayla serves as a mentor, both formally and informally, for new female talent within R&D, and the success of her mentorship is demonstrated by her mentees’ upward progress within the company. From a training perspective, Kayla has taken the initiative to become a certified facilitator of Armstrong’s Courageous Leadership course, which positively impacts employees across the organization.

As part of the company’s community outreach, Kayla recently participated in the Bring Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day event, held at Armstrong’s corporate headquarters in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She not only served as a planning committee member but also as a panelist, providing insight to children in attendance on a variety of science-related careers. Kayla has also been involved with STEM activities in the community, including helping to organize a day-long activity for Girl Scouts to learn more about STEM careers and explore hands-on science experiments. 

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