Missoula Woman Honored With Highly Selective National Manufacturing Institute Award

Missoula, MT – Mrs. 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.

A special gala presentation ceremony has been scheduled for April 11, 2019 and will take place fittingly at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Koster will be one of only 100 women selected from throughout the U.S. to receive the special recognition.

“Needless to say, 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. “I’d have to claim to be Wendy’s biggest cheerleader and am pleased to do all the boasting for her. If you knew her, you would realize that she is quite humble and self-effacing.”

Wendy started with Diversified Plastics in May of 2008, as the HR Director, rejoining the workforce after 15 years of fulfilling her decision to be a stay-at-home mother for her four children. 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. Her co-workers have wholeheartedly agreed with his decision. For instance, Jasmine Rusnell, HR Coordinator, has worked for Wendy for the past five years. She says, “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 21 st 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.”

About The Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute, the social impact arm of the NAM, drives programs and research to promote modern manufacturing and jump-start new approaches to growing manufacturing talent. For more information, please visit www.themanufacturinginstitute.org.

About Diversified Plastics, Inc.

Diversified Plastics, Inc. is a family business that began in 1976 as a supplier of engineered plastic wear strips for lumber and pulp mills. From those humble beginnings, the company has grown to become a North American leader in Engineered Industrial Plastic Products throughout the US and in several International countries. They continue to innovate and look for ways to improve the life of a product or system and reduce procurement and maintenance costs. Diversified Plastics can help you choose the best process to maximize your investment. www.dpiplastics.com