Sandra Westlund-Deenihan
Chief Executive Officer and Design Engineer
Quality Float Works, Inc.
Schaumburg, IL

“I am a third generation manufacturer – it is in my DNA.  There is nothing more satisfying than conceptualizing a design and turning it into a finished component. I am extremely proud to carry on a family tradition as a manufacturer.”

Sandra serves as Chief Executive and Design Engineer of Quality Float Works, Inc., the premier manufacturer of hollow metal float balls and float assemblies in the nation. Founded by her grandfather in 1915, Sandra took over as President in 1995 and turned this virtually unknown family-owned and operated small-business into a global industry leader. Today, Quality Float Works, Inc. exports its products throughout Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

Sandra has long been an advocate to increase the pipeline of women in STEM and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Education Foundation (NAPE-EF), and works with several other state and national organizations looking to solve the skills gap.  Through her efforts, she has been instrumental in bringing a successful STEM Equity pipeline program to her local school district to engage young girls in STEM learning.

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