Champion For Industry Award

Meet Karen Norheim, our February 2019 Winner below.

Karen Norheim

Karen Norheim

Executive Vice President, American Crane & Equipment Corp.

In her years at American Crane, Karen has successfully been able to revitalize and modernize her company’s culture. She created the grit matters campaign, which provides employees with the ability to work through challenges together as well as share success stories. This initiative has enhanced collaboration across various departments, and as a result has led to increased profitability for the company.

Karen is very active in her community, and is an advocate for causes she believes in. She sits on the board of directors of Women in Manufacturing (WiM), a national organization that is dedicated to supporting and promoting the role of women in industry. She is also the Chairwoman of the Eastern PA chapter of WiM. Karen was also voted in as the Vice President of the Crane Manufacturing Association of America (CMAA) late last year.

Paving the Way for Women in Manufacturing, Karen Norheim Wins Champion for Industry Award


For Norheim, strong communication skills and a sense of humility have helped her immensely in forging a successful career. “If you’re in a leadership role, you need to be able to not take yourself so seriously,” she laughs. As humble as she is, there’s no doubt she’s made serious inroads in industry — at American Crane, and for the many women looking to break into the world of manufacturing. Read the full article here.


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