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Raymond's Amber Pratt-Lum honored in 5th annual Step Ahead Awards
Amber Pratt-Lum of The Raymond Corporation wins a STEP Ahead award, a designation for women demonstrating excellence in manufacturing
Amber Pratt-Lum of The Raymond Corporation wins a STEP Ahead award, a designation for women demonstrating excellence in manufacturing

The Manufacturing Institute has awarded Amber Pratt-Lum, project administrator supervisor of total process reliability (TPR) at The Raymond Corporation, with the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award. The STEP Ahead Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory floor to the C-suite.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to be selected for this award. I would not be where I am without the support and dedication of my amazing team,” said Pratt-Lum. “I’ve always had strong female role models, and I think it’s important to be one for young women, to show there is a world of possibilities open to them and to help them reach their full potential — especially in manufacturing.”

Pratt-Lum’s talents have been instrumental in the creation and rollout of the TPR team at The Raymond Corporation. Throughout her tenure, she has been acknowledged not only for her technical knowledge and abilities, but also for her concern for all organization team members and their development. In addition to her current role as project administrator supervisor, Pratt-Lum also is leading the manufacturing departments throughout the company’s multiyear plan on TPR. With her strategic thinking skills and ability to clearly set expectations and goals, she is a major contributor to Raymond’s mission for the future.

“These women exemplify the path an exciting career in manufacturing can take,” said Heidi Alderman, 2017 Chair of STEP Ahead and senior vice president of Intermediates North America, BASF Corporation. “STEP Ahead recognizes women nationwide for their significant achievements to the field of manufacturing, and the positive impact on their companies and the industry as a whole.”

On April 20, The Manufacturing Institute recognized 130 STEP Ahead Awards recipients at a reception in Washington, D.C. The STEP Ahead Awards program highlighted each honoree’s story, including her leadership and accomplishments in manufacturing.