Wichita, KS, -  The recent encounter between Collie Hutter and real-life Rose the Riveter Connie Palacioz presents a glimpse into the dynamic history and future of women in manufacturing. The last time Connie Palacioz worked on building B-29s was in 1945. Now this 90 year old real-life Rosie the Riveter volunteers her time in the renovation of a 1944 B-29 nicknamed Doc. Connie began her riveting in 1943 with Boeing in Wichita, KS until she was asked to leave the industry to make way for the boys returning home from overseas. Although she switched to a career in hairdressing and raising a family, her passion for machines remained. Her enthusiasm and contributions inspire future generations of women in manufacturing.

Collie Hutter was one of 122 STEP Award Honorees in 2013. She is the president and co-owner of Click Bond, Inc. in Carson City, NV, as well as past president of the Nevada Manufacturers Association. The STEP Awards are part of the greater STEP Ahead initiative aimed at recognizing, encouraging, and supporting women in the manufacturing industry.

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