LaRuthie Holder Mason
START Industrial Maintenance Training Manager
Shaw Industries Group Inc.
Dalton, GA

“I am passionate about manufacturing because it's such a dynamic field with various growth opportunities. As a mechanical engineer at Shaw Industries, I am empowered to innovate, solve problems, optimize processes and implement solutions to make things more efficient. I enjoy working in this type of environment.”

As Plant Engineer at Shaw’s laminate manufacturing facility, LaRuthie led efforts that resulted in business results. With a focus on both people and process, she demonstrated both the technical ability and leadership competency required to improve plant operations.  Her success led to her promotion to her current position, where she is responsible for training maintenance personnel at more than 70 plants in nine different states. 
LaRuthie champions diversity and inclusion, not only through how she interacts with her team and others in the organization, but also by participating in Shaw’s Diversity Council and the Women’s Innovation Network. Through her involvement she encourages dialogue around difficult topics and creates a culture of candor. She uses these opportunities to share her perspective and insights, as well as to understand those of others.
She participates in Shaw College's recruiting efforts and shares her experience with current student, offering perspective and guidance. LaRuthie is an effective mentor for her team, providing feedback, instruction and developmental guidance to help her staff excel.  Fostering STEM learning amongst middle school students, she also volunteers with the Dalton-Whitfield Design/Engineering/Manufacturing Summer Camp, a program designed to teach 6th, 7th, and 8th graders learning advanced manufacturing skills. 
LaRuthie is a founding member of the Young Professional of Northwest Georgia and served on the Board of Directors for two years. After being selected for the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Leaders class, LaRuthie was one of several participants to lead the efforts to start this organization to better engage young professionals into the local community.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Chattanooga Scenic City Sickle Cell Corporation.

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