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Missoula Woman Honored with National Manufacturing Institute Award

Wendy Koster

Wendy Koster, General Manager of Missoula based Diversified Plastics, Inc., has been awarded the Manufacturing Institute's STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, Production) Ahead Award celebrating women in the manufacturing industry making a difference through advocacy, mentorship, engagement, promotion and leadership. Koster is one of only 100 women selected from throughout the U.S. to receive the special recognition.

"We are exceptionally proud of Wendy's accomplishment and for this special recognition of her hard work, dedication and leadership within the Diversified Plastics organization," said Brad Reid, President.

Wendy started with Diversified Plastics in May of 2008, as the HR Director. Within a few years of effective and dedicated hard work, she was asked by Brad Reid to accept the position of General Manager of Diversified Plastics, Inc. Jasmine Rusnell, HR Coordinator, has worked for Wendy for the past five years. She said, "Wendy has truly been a role model and mentor to me. She continues to inspire me both professionally and personally."

The Manufacturing Institute launched the STEP initiative and recognition program in 2012 with the purpose of bringing attention to what manufacturers are calling the skills-gap workforce crisis and to what women can do to help fill the gap and lead the manufacturing industry solidly forward in the 21st century. According to Carolyn Lee, Executive Director of The Manufacturing Institute, "STEP Ahead focuses on honoring the best of the best female leaders in the manufacturing industry now and arms them with the tools needed to pay it forward and inspire, engage and mentor the next generation of women entering the workforce."

For more information contact:

The Manufacturing Institute

733 10th Street, NW Suite 700

Washington, DC 20001


Diversified Plastics, Inc.

3721 Grant Creek Road

Missoula, MT 59808

800-321-0084 / 406-543-6653

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