Iowa Publication Discusses Breaking the Manufacturing Ceiling

From left: Mary Pat Tubb, factory manager, John Deere Davenport Works; Rebecca Guinn, factory manager, John Deere Waterloo Works; Rosalind Fox, factory manager, John Deere Des Moines Works; Lesley Conning, factory manager, John Deere Ottumwa Works.

The following is an excerpt from a recent article in the Business Record, a publication based in Central Iowa that covers industrial news, titled “Breaking the Manufacturing Ceiling”.

Many proud Iowans are aware of agriculture manufacturing giant John Deere’s history, with its start across the Mississippi River in Illinois in 1837. The company’s slogan, “Nothing Runs Like a Deere,” is common knowledge, as is its trademark green tractors. What might not be as well known is that many of the company’s major factories in the U.S. are run by women.

Deere, with its 74,400 employees globally and $3.25 billion in net sales, operates a dozen equipment division locations in the U.S., and six of them are led by women engineers. Many of the Deere factories in Iowa — Davenport Works, Des Moines Works, Ottumwa Works and Waterloo Works — are women-led. Those leaders recently shared their experiences and a few ways they reached their success.

Rosalind Fox, factory manager, John Deere Des Moines Works; Mary Pat Tubb, factory manager, John Deere Davenport Works; Lesley Conning, factory manager, John Deere Ottumwa Works and Rebecca Guinn, factory manager, John Deere Waterloo Works have each earned their way into a top spot at the world’s largest agricultural company.

“I’m proud to work alongside the other female factory managers,” Fox said. “We have become good friends as a result of this experience. Even though we work at different facilities, we pick up the phone and call each other or send emails when we’ve got a question. We’re really supportive and help empower one another.”

Visit the Business Record website to read the full article.