Teresa Beach-Shelow
Superior Joining Technologies, Inc.
Manchesny Park, IL

“Manufacturing employs a skilled workforce and engineers that provide products for all.  Loss of manufacturing/engineering would lower our intellectual strength. Manufacturing is also an economic engine that typically is a higher wealth-creating sector of our economy that generates 1.5 service employees for each job in manufacturing.”

Despite her many recognitions as a co-founder and board member of numerous manufacturing organizations, as well as 20 successful years of supplying the aerospace industry, Teresa is proudest of her volunteer work with young people and displaced workers, encouraging them to chose manufacturing as a career.

As co-founder of Women of Today’s Manufacturing, a northern Illinois-southern Wisconsin group, Teresa created Manufacturing Camp, a one-week camp for teens, as well as camp scholarships. Her effort reached more than 100 regional students.

It grew into a nationwide project with nearly a dozen camps every summer when the Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association brought the effort under its wings. Now called “Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs,” it has influenced nearly 4,000 youths in 27 states. Nutsandboltsfoundation.org.

One camper said, “I realized that I am doing something that not every young woman gets to do. I could see myself as a welder and making a good living.” Another said he “liked the ability to see firsthand how products are made from raw materials to the final products.”

Teresa’s work with displaced workers is equally as heartening. She is frequently asked to speak about women in manufacturing, public-private partnerships, workforce attraction and entrepreneurship.


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