Shaw’s Edwards receives STEP Ahead Award

Amanda EdwardsDalton—The Manufacturing Institute, the workforce development and training partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, will recognize Amanda Edwards, Shaw’s vice president of enterprise excellence, with a STEP Ahead Award at its annual awards ceremony in November.

The STEP Ahead Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers, representing all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory floor to the C-suite. Edwards was recognized for her commitment to STEM education, inspiring future female engineers and uplifting women throughout their manufacturing careers.

“Amanda embodies what it means to be a servant leader and lives by Shaw’s mission to create a brighter future both within our company and beyond,” explained David Morgan, Shaw’s executive vice president of operations. . “She has paved the way for other women at Shaw, mentored young engineers and inspired future STEM leaders through her involvement with our local university. She is also a customer-centric leader with a love of action and results, and her attention to detail has saved the company hundreds of thousands of dollars through process improvements and innovations. I can think of no one more deserving of this honor and congratulate her on such a remarkable achievement.”

Edwards was the first female operational leader of Shaw’s quality assurance, technical support, accredited labs and operational excellence teams. Her responsibilities in this role included traveling to China and restructuring a quality assurance program in Asia, where she hired and built leadership teams aligned with the company’s values. She currently drives compliance and risk mitigation in North America, Asia and at all Shaw facilities around the world. Edwards is now the chairman – and was the first female voting member – of the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Strategic Issues Leadership Council, which focuses on consumer marketing efforts and advancing the viability of soft surfaces in the flooring industry.

“I am both proud and humbled to receive this great honor,” said Edwards. “I’ve always loved to know how things are made. In production you get to work with real people who make products that consumers need. As a manufacturing leader, my job is to make sure that the time our employees spend outside their families making floors is worth it. That is very important to me as a working mother.”

On November 4, the Manufacturing Institute will recognize 130 recipients of the STEP Ahead Awards, including Shaw’s Edwards, at a gala in Washington, DC.

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