Women in Manufacturing: Safco Products
28 Oct 2020
Blog, Manufacturing, Investors, Jobs, Workforce Development, Success Stories, Spotlight
Welcome back to our series on Women in Manufacturing! In case you missed it, check out our other features!
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Tiffany Plagman is an Assembly Group Lead at Safco Products. The Laurens native now lives in Spencer and commutes to her job in Milford. Before getting a job a Safco, Plagman only had experience in retail, and she wanted to do something different. Her hands-on job makes the days fly by, and she doesn’t get bored because there is always something new to learn!
“I had never worked in manufacturing before and had no idea what I was getting myself into,” says Plagman. “What I’ve learned is that anyone can succeed in manufacturing.”
“There is always something new to learn. You will never get bored doing the same thing day in and day out.”
Because the job is hands-on, Plagman’s days fly by. “There are times when other departments need help so you get to learn many different areas of the plant.”
Kassandra Kroger is a buyer at Safco. She was born and raised in the lakes region and has a degree in Business Management and Marketing from Northwest Missouri State University. She has been at Safco almost three years.
“After graduation, I returned to the area exploring several job opportunities before finding my call in manufacturing,” Kroger says. “After trying out several career paths post-graduation, I hadn’t found the perfect fit. My parents both have 20+ years in manufacturing industries, and I decided to explore the option for myself.”
Jordan Doll is also a buyer with Safco. She recently relocated to the lakes region where she found her home at Safco.
“Initially, my background in purchasing drew me to this role. It was during the interview process that I was first introduced to the appeal of a career in manufacturing,” Doll explains. “I quickly observed an environment where creativity, ingenuity, and continuous improvement are embraced. All of this, coupled with a team that feels like family, made joining Safco the easiest choice I’ve made.”
Kroger and Doll enjoy the variety they have in their positions at Safco. Working with small and big suppliers and learning the vast array of positions within a plant make their jobs interesting.
“Manufacturing isn’t always repetitive daily tasks, as many assume. Many manufacturing operations, like ours, are flexible and constantly evolving,” they share. “Every role in a plant is valued. No matter your position, your ideas have the ability to bring about change.”
Stay tuned for more features on women in manufacturing coming soon!