Andrea AllisonSome people may think once you’re out of school you stop learning, but that’s definitely not the case for me.

Every day I come to the plant, I know I’ll be learning something new just from being around people who are passionate about their jobs and passionate about Whirlpool. Because I’m working with people from diverse backgrounds, I’ve gained different perspectives and insights into manufacturing, which I wouldn’t otherwise have.

I carry that learning to the Materials Department at Findlay, which is an exciting area to be working in right now. We’re working on implementing projects that not only will improve our current state but also will open doors for more opportunities for Materials to grow. It’s been a great experience for me to be involved with the changes and really see the significant improvements that have taken place during the past year. Aside from the Materials group, the entire Findlay plant has continued to stay innovative in the changes that have been made around the plant.

I’ve also learned it’s important to know the products we make and the people who build them. Not only are our people great at assembling the product, but they also solve problems and contribute innovative ideas to make our product and processes better. They truly put their all into their jobs.

In addition to providing good, well-paying jobs, Whirlpool also provides an opportunity for employees to grow and learn. It all comes together for me when I see our appliances in the homes of my family and friends. It’s a great feeling knowing that I’m helping to make life easier for them, as well as in the lives of many others.

That’s why Manufacturing Matters to me.

Throughout October, we are celebrating U.S. manufacturing — and the men and women who work in our plants to bring innovation to life every day.  Andrea Allison, materials engineer, and member of the Global Supply Chain Leadership Development Program at the Findlay plant, shared her thoughts on why Manufacturing Matters to her.