Debbie Freligh
Design/Project Engineer
Westminster Tool 

Plainfield, CT

“Anyone considering a career in manufacturing should be proactive; not only in getting the education and developing the skills needed to succeed, but also in networking. Get to know people in manufacturing. Take tours of manufacturing companies. Most importantly, find knowledgeable and enthusiastic mentors who want you to succeed.”

Debbie took Westminster Tool by surprise when she was hired as an engineering intern in February, 2012. In a pace that few can match, Debbie implemented changes to help the company run more
efficiently and become more profitable. In just 15 short months, she has transitioned to functioning as the company’s operations manager.

Debbie’s accomplishments are rooted in the fact that she does not accept the status quo, and forces herself to thrive and prevail in any situation.   From working toward continuous improvement by running Westminster Tool’s “Ideas” system, based on the book, “Ideas are Free,” to implementing weekly production meetings, Debbie has shown exceptional initiative and project management skills.

Westminster Tool’s President, Raymond Coombs, says, “What sets Debbie apart from others, is that when she recognized that her career in the banking industry wasn’t the path she wanted to stay on, she took action.  She went back to school to pursue a degree in Engineering, and found a career that she loved… applying skills and experiences she had from her career in banking to complement the picture.”

Debbie is continuing her education, pursuing a BSME at the University of Hartford. She also continues to excel in the work setting, and is active in the community in a range of ways, including tutoring, mentoring local students, and working with the Northeastern CT Manufacturing Expo as a team coach and judge.

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