Women in Manufacturing
This week, we’ll discuss the unique challenges of being a woman in manufacturing, and how to bring more women into the industry and pave the way for a more diverse future.
Structural Business Unit Director, OMG, Inc.
Nikki Long is currently the Structural Business Unit Director for OMG, Inc (a Steel Partners Company) and has been with OMG’s FastenMaster Division for 19 years. She is a dynamic executive leader with a proven track record of sales and marketing success in the building materials industry. She excels in team development, strategic business planning, and collaborating with internal departments to launch successful products and programs across retail, wholesale, and private label channels.
Nikki possesses a continuous improvement mindset and has extensive experience in establishing repeatable business processes to drive organizational change, new revenue streams and profitability.
Nikki holds a BA in English and History from Smith College. She is a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, U.S. Vets, and an active member of the ACLU. She was most recently recognized by HBS Dealer as a Top Woman in the Hardware and Building Supply Industry and was named to the Business Excellence Class of 2021.
Author and Founder, yk2020, LLC
Global Director of Manufacturing Quality, Beam Suntory
I grew up in Frankfort, KY and took a non-traditional path out of high school. I have worked in the Food Manufacturing industry my entire career and discovered a passion for Food Safety and Quality early on. I went to college while working full time, earning an Associate degree in Natural Sciences and then a B.S. in Food Science from Kansas State University. I worked for the J.M. Smucker Company as Plant Sanitarian at in Lexington, KY for several years before coming to Beam in 2014. Since then I have spent time in both Production and Quality on different shifts. Our Frankfort facility produces more than 14 million cases of spirits products annually including brands like Jim Beam, Cruzan Rum, Pinnacle Vodka, and On the Rocks. I am very involved with Diversity and Inclusion initiatives within Beam Suntory as well as within my local community.