Pamela Nielsen-Fernandez
Plant Manager
Sealed Air Corporation
Holyoke, MA

“I am passionate about manufacturing because it takes many talented people to make a product come to life, and I am excited to be a part of that process. Every day I am privileged to work with a diverse group of people to create solutions that help my customers win.”

As plant manager in the Holyoke, MA operation, Pam has managed a volume growth of more than 35 percent over the last five years while also leading successful plant projects, including a global product launch and a new equipment installation. Pam worked with a corporate business management team to spearhead a global roll out of Sealed Air’s PakNatural® sustainable loose fill product. This included coordinating start up in her facility as well as in six other global facilities, developing product recipes, run conditions and customer specifications. Shortly after the conclusion of this project, Pam led a $1.5 million equipment installation project in her own facility that required relocating equipment from another facility with no impact on customer service levels and minimal disruption to the existing manufacturing operations. 
Pam has distinguished herself as a successful contributor to the business. Prior to her current assignment, she was responsible for developing Sealed Air’s Lean Six Sigma program. Pam provided training to more than 230 employees in the North America and Asia Pacific regions of Sealed Air in Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt methodologies and personally coached more than two dozen employees to project success, delivering more than $8 million in efficiency and cost savings.  Over the years, Pam has mentored many fellow employees, taking time to assist others in professional growth through guidance, counseling and providing opportunities to showcase their talents
Pam is also committed to working with the local community.  She has been a member of the Holyoke Mayor’s Industrial Development Advisory Committee for many years and is a member of the newly developed Holyoke Workforce Development Forum chartered to partner with the community and local school district to prepare the community for careers in manufacturing.

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