RapidMade CEO Renee Eaton

RapidMade CEO Renee Eaton

Kudos to Oregon Business Magazine for its feature, Women’s Work, which details the chronic gender gap that continues in manufacturing. The article is based on interviews with female professionals in trade organizations, manufacturing firms, and higher education.

Together they show how improving gender representation requires a concerted approach from across the industry to reshape an institutionalized culture of gender-based segregation and redefine archaic norms of what work women can and cannot do.

Strategies proposed include:

  • Advising businesses that diversity will ease the labor shortage and improve the bottom line.

  • Promoting manufacturing careers to female students and professionals.

  • Providing supportive networks, like Women in Manufacturing and Oregon Tradeswomen, to help women secure employment and businesses find and retain female employees.

  • Breaking down the “bro culture” prevalent in manufacturing.

RapidMade CEO Renee Eaton, a Women in Manufacturing chair of its Oregon chapter was among the women featured in the article. RapidMade is a Portland-based additive manufacturing (3D printing) and engineering services firm.

Before starting RapidMade, Renee Eaton worked in higher education teaching management classes and career counseling at Oregon universities for almost a decade.  While she loves the world of 3D printing, engineering, product design and additive manufacturing, she sometimes misses working with college students.

Last week, she had an opportunity to return to the classroom.  Each year, at her youngest daughter's school, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Renee presents an Interviewing Skills Workshop to its Senior class.  In addition to giving back to the community, Renee gets  to practice her own interviewing skills - which she put to good use this past year.  An added bonus was the event's timing which coincided with the horrendous Portland snow and ice storms.  She's calling it Karma.

 

 

Braving the ice and rain, RapidMade joined other manufacturers and suppliers at this week's Northwest Food and Beverage Manufacturers Expo and Conference.  The Expo is a familiar event for RapidMade's management team which has more than 40 years of experience in food processing and material handling as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), engineer, manufacturer and 3D printer.

OEMs turn to RapidMade for our engineering design services.  Once equipment is operational, using our engineering staff and additive manufacturing allows food processors to 3D scan, reverse engineer and produce components - either using 3D printing or traditional manufacturing.

Held annually, the Expo offers "leading-edge educational sessions with the largest regional trade show in the industry."

Come join us this Thursday to celebrate (details below)!

When: Thursday, October 29th | 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Where: Sentinel Hotel | 614 SW 11th Ave. | Grand Ballroom

#PBJManufacturing

The Oregon Manufacturing Awards are intended to recognize Oregon Manufacturers. This is one of the few public awards programs for manufacturers in the United States.  We're honoring manufacturing firms from all over our region for outstanding operations, products, facilities, and most importantly, the best manufacturing workforces in the world.

As part of the awards program, Tim BoyleCEO of Columbia Sportswear will be joining us for a live Q&A with Publisher Craig Wessel. Tim is at the helm of the 70 year old sportswear apparel giant which his grandparents began in 1938. Although it is a public company today, Columbia remains a family affair. Boyle's 91-year-old mother Gertrude, aka "one tough mother" is chairman of the board, and both his son Joe and sister Sarah Bany are on the board. Tim started working at the company after his father passed away, helping his mother Gert run the fledgling retailer while he was finishing college. He took over as CEO in 1989.

Don't miss this conversation with this fascinating Oregon company, and discussion on where Columbia is headed in the future! 

Companies being recognized this year are:

  • Beaverton Foods
  • D.R. Johnson Lumber
  • Energy Storage Systems
  • Evo, Inc.
  • FEI
  • Indow
  • Microchip Technology Inc.
  • Pratt & Larson Ceramics
  • Premier Press
  • RapidMade
  • Shwood
  • Townshend's Tea Co.
  • Valliscor