Eastman’s Jan Shumate Recognized for Excellence in Manufacturing

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Eastman’s Jan Shumate Recognized for Excellence in Manufacturing

Jan Shumate, Director of Plant Engineering at Eastman, has been honored with the Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead award.
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Eastman is proud of our very own Jan Shumate for receiving the STEP Award for recognition of excellence in manufacturing.

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 1:30pm

CAMPAIGN: Eastman Corporate Responsibility

CONTENT: Press Release

KINGSPORT, Tenn., March 10, 2016 /3BL Media/ – The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead award is given by the Manufacturing Institute to honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory floor to the C Suite.

“Jan has provided the strategic vision, leadership, and daily management needed to convert Eastman’s Plant Engineering group from an organization supporting a single site to an extremely capable, agile and prepared team that now supports our many sites around the world,” said Mark K. Cox, Senior Vice President, Chief Engineering and Manufacturing Officer.

Shumate will receive her award in April when the Manufacturing Institute recognizes 130 recipients of the STEP Ahead Awards in Washington, D.C.

“These 130 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 impacts on their company and the industry as a whole.”

Shumate is a native of Kingsport and a graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School. She received her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, her master of industrial engineering degree from the University of Tennessee, and her master of business administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She has had a variety of roles during her 25-year employment at Eastman.

In her role as director of Plant Engineering, Shumate leads a team of Eastman engineers that provide global support for the company’s 50 manufacturing sites. Their work ensures the continued safe and reliable operation of Eastman’s facilities.

Shumate also works on recruiting high quality engineering talent to build a workforce of diverse skills, experiences and worldviews that will enable Eastman’s future success.

“I don’t build plants anymore; I build capabilities,” Shumate said. “I love talking with recruits and new hires about Eastman’s empowering culture and diverse career paths, helping them realize their dreams while supporting Eastman’s goals.”

About The Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing 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.

About Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2015 revenues of approximately $9.6 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 15,000 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.


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CAMPAIGN: Eastman Corporate Responsibility

CONTENT: Press Release