Sealed Air Plant Manager Honored With 2015 STEP Ahead Award

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Sealed Air Plant Manager Honored With 2015 STEP Ahead Award

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Pam Nielsen of @Sealed_Air wins prestigious STEP Ahead Award for excellence, leadership in manufacturing
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 11:15am

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 2, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) is pleased to recognize Pam Nielsen, Holyoke, Massachusetts, Plant Manager, who has been selected as a recipient of the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards given by The Manufacturing Institute, an arm of the National Association of Manufacturers, a U.S.-based business advocacy organization. The STEP Ahead Awards honor women at all manufacturing levels who have demonstrated leadership and excellence in their careers.

As plant manager, Pam has managed a volume growth of over 35% over the last five years while also leading successful plant projects, including the PakNatural® global product launch and a new equipment installation. In addition, Pam has supply chain leadership responsibilities for the Jiffylite® mailer product line in North America. As part of her responsibilities for this product line, Pam coordinates production and stocking programs across 15 manufacturing sites and warehouses to meet service requirements for several large e-commerce customers.  

Within Sealed Air, Pam has distinguished herself as a successful contributor to the business. Prior to her current assignment, Pam was responsible for developing Sealed Air’s Lean Six Sigma program. She was lead developer of the Green Belt and Black Belt training programs as well as the ensuing certification program. Utilizing her problem solving skills, Pam improved several segments of the order-to-delivery process – the non-standard product quotation process and the alternative business-shipping process -- reducing quote delivery from three days to 16 hours. Pam also took on a project to address the alternative business shipping process resulting in customer order delivery four days faster than prior to the improvement.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Manufacturing Institute's STEP Ahead initiative for my work in manufacturing,” said Pam Nielsen, Holyoke Plant Manager. “I am fortunate to have had such a long and successful career with Sealed Air, and I am delighted to be able to share my story with other women and encourage them to consider an exciting and fulfilling career in manufacturing.”

“Every day, Pam embodies the four values of Sealed Air,” said Emile Chammas, Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer for Sealed Air. “Her dedication to manufacturing made her an ideal nomination for the STEP Ahead Awards and we are pleased that her efforts are being nationally recognized.”

The STEP Ahead Awards are part of the larger STEP Ahead initiative, launched to examine and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research, and leadership for attracting, advancing, and retaining strong female talent. Honorees were nominated by their peers, company officials, or professional service firms. Over 500 nominations were submitted, with 130 honorees chosen from over 100 companies, representing all levels of manufacturing and exemplifying diversity in the manufacturing careers.

“These women are the faces of exciting careers in manufacturing,” said Jennifer McNelly, Executive Director, The Manufacturing Institute. “We chose to honor these women because they each made significant achievements in manufacturing through positive impact on their company and the industry as a whole.”

Honors will confer on April 21, at a reception in Washington, D.C.   

About The Manufacturing Institute
The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. As a non--‐partisan organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading--‐edge information and services to the nation's manufacturers. The Institute is the authority on the attraction, qualification and development of world--‐class manufacturing talent. For more information, please visit

About Sealed Air
Sealed Air Corporation creates a world that feels, tastes and works better. In 2015, the Company generated revenue of approximately $7.0 billion by helping our customers achieve their sustainability goals in the face of today's biggest social and environmental challenges. Our portfolio of widely recognized brands, including Cryovac® brand food packaging solutions, Bubble Wrap® brand cushioning and Diversey® cleaning and hygiene solutions, enables a safer and less wasteful food supply chain, protects valuable goods shipped around the world, and improves health through clean environments. Sealed Air has approximately 23,000 employees who serve customers in 169 countries. To learn more, visit

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Keywords: Awards & Recognition | Business & Trade | Diversity & Human Resources | Pam Nielsen | Sealed Air | Volunteerism & Community Engagement | Women

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