The Manufacturing Institute will honor Adrianne Tipton, PhD, Chief Technology Officer at Novolex

HARTSVILLE, South Carolina, March 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Manufacturing Institute (MI), the training and workforce development partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, announced that it will recognize Novolex® Chief Technology Officer, Dr. . Adrian Tiptonwith the STEP Ahead award from Women in Manufacturing.

The STEP Ahead awards recognize women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from factory floor to C-suite.

“It’s an honor to be recognized among this incredible group of women in manufacturing,” said Adrian Tipton, PhD, Chief Technology Officer of Novolex. “Novolex has created a community that elevates and inspires innovation in all its forms to develop new products, improve our operations, and support our employees and communities. I am proud to accept this award and to be able to continue to promote opportunities for women at Novolex and encourage others to seek roles in broader manufacturing.”

The STEP Women’s Initiative is the country’s flagship program to close the gender gap in manufacturing. STEP strives to foster a 21st century manufacturing workforce by empowering and inspiring women in manufacturing through recognition, research and leadership, as well as motivating alumni to give back to the next by mentoring the next generation.

“Adrianne has contributed to remarkable advancements at Novolex, from developing and commercializing innovative sustainable packaging solutions that support the circular economy, to improving our health and safety initiatives and engineering programs. across the company,” said Stan Bikulege, CEO of Novolex. “His determination to help others has been felt in our 10,000 strong Novolex family. We look forward to Adrianne’s continued leadership and remain committed to raising the next generation of female talent in manufacturing.

Added Denise RutherfordPresident of STEP Ahead 2022, “The STEP Ahead Honorees and Emerging Leader 2022 recipients are excellent representatives of the exciting opportunities available in manufacturing. These remarkable women and the leadership they demonstrate are helping to inspire the next generation of female leaders to consider a career in manufacturing.”

The STEP Ahead Awards recognize outstanding women in manufacturing and motivate them to mentor the next generation through an annual awards gala and associated leadership training program. The stories of these women and the leadership they demonstrate will help inspire the next generation of female leaders in manufacturing and support current female talent within the industry. In the first five years of the program, STEP Ahead award winners have reached more than 300,000 people, from industry peers to school-aged children.

“The STEP Ahead Awards are central to industry efforts to recognize and empower women,” said Caroline Lee, president of MI. “Our award winners and emerging leaders serve as role models and have their own multiplier effect on the number of women in the workforce, paying it off to help others find their way to successful and rewarding careers in modern manufacturing. After 10 years of STEP Ahead Awards, we have honored over 1,100 women leaders in manufacturing, who in turn have impacted hundreds of thousands of people through mentorship and volunteer work. We are so proud to all of these women, and we look forward to seeing what STEP and its awardees and emerging leaders will accomplish over the next 10 years.”

The biggest challenge facing manufacturers continues to be the growing labor crisis – the shortage of qualified talent to fill vacancies. Manufacturers can close the 50% skills gap simply by bringing 10% more women into the industry.

Women make up about half of the American workforce, but make up less than a third of the manufacturing workforce. STEP Ahead empowers and inspires women in manufacturing. The goal is to create networks for women to be supported in their industry and to elevate the role models who can motivate and mentor the next generation.

At April 28MI will recognize 130 recipients of the STEP Ahead awards in washington d.c. The STEP Ahead Awards program will highlight the story of each winner and emerging leader, including their leadership and achievements in manufacturing.

About Novolex
Novolex develops and manufactures various packaging products for multiple industries in the restaurant, delivery and delivery, food processing and industrial markets that touch nearly every aspect of daily life. The Novolex family of brands provides customers with innovative food and delivery packaging products and performance solutions for their business needs today while investing in research and development to design more sustainable choices for the

to come up. With more than 10,000 employee families, Novolex operates 57 manufacturing plants in North America and Europe, including two world-class plastic film recycling centers. To learn more about Novolex, visit

About the Manufacturing Institute
The Manufacturing Institute develops and supports skilled workers in the manufacturing industry for the advancement of modern manufacturing. MI’s various initiatives support all American workers, including women, veterans, and students, through job training programs, community building, and career advancement in manufacturing. As the workforce development and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, MI is a trusted advisor to manufacturers, providing them with the resources to solve the toughest challenges in the industry. ‘industry. For more information, please visit

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