Imlay City, Mich. — Coleen Felstow used to joke about how her career path led to her becoming president and majority owner of a plastics injection molding company.
"People would always say, 'How did you end up in the plastics industry.' I would get that question a lot. I liked to answer, 'Well, it's been a dream of mine since I've been a little girl.' I always got a laugh for that one."
Kidding aside, Felstow is an evangelist for plastics manufacturing. She was particularly excited to network with women at the recent Plastics News Women Breaking the Mold event in Nashville, Tenn.
"You don't think of manufacturing or plastics as being glamorous careers. But I think that is starting to change. Hopefully younger women will see that. It is powerful to be in this industry," she said.
"My dad worked at Chrysler for 36 years, and he was a foreman in Sterling Heights, [Mich.] there in the stamping plant. I just was brought up with respect for manufacturing," she said. "Manufacturing is really what makes the economy work."