2022 Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing Award

Each year SVAM accepts nominations for its Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing Award. The nominees are scored by a panel of judges based on company impact, community impact, personal drive, and leadership. Through the Outstanding Women in Manufacturing program, many amazing women have been recognized for their contributions to the world of manufacturing in Southwest Virginia. The purpose of this program is to change the image of manufacturing and highlight the significant role that women play at all levels in manufacturing. It is SVAM’s hope that through the positive example that the winner and honorees of this award display, other women will be encouraged and see the opportunities they have to succeed in a manufacturing career.


It is with great pleasure we announce that the winner of SVAM’s 2022 Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing Award is Brenda Justus, President/CEO of Consolidated Steel, Inc.

We would also like to congratulate the honorees for this year’s award. Each of these women have made very notable contributions to their company and the community, setting the example of what it means to be an outstanding woman in manufacturing. We applaud them all!

The Honorees:

  • Becky Crouse, Administrative Director, Smyth County Machine and Fabrication
  • Bridget Ball, Director of Operations, Reline America LLC
  • Carla Pauley, Customer Support Manager, Hitachi Energy
  • Cathy Humphrey, Production Control Coordinator, Tadano Mantis Corp
  • Chasity Hearn, Production Lead, Speyside Bourbon Stave Mill
  • Dana Cupp, Fabrication Supervisor, Tempur Production
  • Melinda Roberts, HR Manager, Scholle IPN
  • Michele Campbell, Human Resource Manager, Somic America
  • Patti Needham, Staff Accountant, Komatsu
  • Paula Davis, Inspector, Sr Lead, General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Rebekah Casey, Mfg. Engr. Admin. Assistant, Hapco Pole Products, Inc.
  • Sandy Walls, Internal Leadership Training Supervisor, Utility Trailer Manufacturing
  • Sharlot Taylor, Heading Operator and Barrel Raiser, Speyside Bourbon Cooperage
  • Shelly West, Sample Customer Support Administrator, Universal Fibers®


Congratulations to our winner and honorees!