Growing up in the machining industry, Ivy Hirth knows the trade inside and out. She worked in the family business alongside her father for years before finally purchasing Al Hirth Machining, Inc. from him a couple of years ago. Throughout her time in her profession, Ms. Hirth has become an expert in product development, project management, strategic planning, customer service, lean manufacturing, and sales. She also recently completed a AF90-100C certification, which should help her grow the company. Looking to the future, Ms. Hirth hopes to employ more people and rekindle interest in the trade.
The biggest obstacle Ms. Hirth has had to overcome was male employees who were not comfortable taking direction from a woman. She succeeded, however, and considers the highlight of her career to be developing relationships with the men in the field who were previously uncomfortable. Ms. Hirth attributes her success to being very hardworking, understanding, and compassionate. She is also very good at pinpointing the strengths of her employees, which allows her to nurture individual talents and maintain a congenial workplace. As a testament to her success, Ms. Hirth was named Woman of the Year in 2012 by the National Association of Professional Women, and is an honored member of The International Women’s Leadership Association.
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