Emily Schmitt
General Counsel
Sukup Manufacturing Co.

“Growing up in rural Iowa, I've seen how manufacturing enhances the local community and distributes products around the world. I am passionate about implementing pragmatic, manufacturing-based solutions to solve real world issues and also empowering those around me to grow both in their passion and their careers in manufacturing.”

Sukup Manufacturing Co. is the world’s largest grain bin manufacturing company and was founded by Emily’s grandfather, Eugene. Following his passing in 2018, Emily took on a new leadership role as General Counsel, in which she has already made an incredible impact. For example, Emily played a key role in bringing an onsite health clinic to fruition—a project which reflected the company’s longstanding commitment to treating employees like family. In addition to advocating for the onsite clinic as an investment in employee wellness, she was directly involved in the complex regulatory and insurance issues that came with opening a healthcare operation within a manufacturing facility. Today, “Sukup Healthcare Solutions” offers a variety of wellness services to employees. 

Emily tackles the manufacturing skills gap head-on by championing a number of creative initiatives including the addition of a satellite office at the Iowa State University Research Park. This office allows Sukup to have direct access to engineering talent at the University, and brings a more urban option to young employees who may not be willing to relocate to Sheffield, IA. She also led a major expansion of Sukup’s internship program in which the company hired 40 manufacturing interns for the first time, in addition to numerous other efforts. 

Emily is particularly passionate about the Sukup Safe T Home,® which is an 18-foot diameter grain bin that has been heavily modified to serve as a livable shelter. With approximately 350 Safe T Homes® in Haiti, Uganda, Peru and Kenya, the shelter has a 100 percent success rate against a Category 4 hurricane. Emily has traveled widely to speak about the importance of Safe T Home® and in 2018, she made her first trip to Les Cayes, Haiti, to witness its impact firsthand. Emily considers the Safe T Home® the embodiment of two of Sukup’s greatest values: making quality products from steel and giving back. Additionally, Emily serves on numerous boards and countless civic organizations within in her community. 

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