Covestro employees named ‘Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Award’ recipients

Rebecca Lucore and Paige Kassalen honored by The Manufacturing Institute for professional excellence

Pittsburgh, April 20, 2017 — In recognition of their contributions to advancing women in manufacturing, Covestro employees Rebecca Lucore and Paige Kassalen will be honored today as recipients of the “Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Awards,” presented by The Manufacturing Institute at the fifth annual ceremony in Washington, D.C. The STEP Ahead Awards honor women and their achievements at all levels of the manufacturing industry – from the factory floor to the C-suite.

The Covestro honorees were among 130 women nationally receiving the honor which is part of the larger STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead initiative. Launched in 2012, the initiative examines and promotes the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research and leadership for attracting, advancing and retaining strong female talent.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Rebecca and Paige, who continue to make our company proud through their individual contributions to advancing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and promoting sustainability in the manufacturing industry,” said Jerry MacCleary, president of Covestro LLC. “Paige and Rebecca are an inspiration to our own employees, as well as the next generation of innovators who have an interest in STEM and using it to solve global problems.”

Lucore, head of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability at Covestro LLC, oversees the company’s i3 (ignite, imagine, innovate) CSR initiative in the United States. A 20-year veteran leading the company’s corporate citizenship, philanthropy, environment/sustainability, STEM education and diversity efforts, Lucore also has personally mentored dozens of women and other recently hired professionals throughout her career.

Kassalen, cited as an emerging leader, is a market analyst for the Future of Mobility team at Covestro LLC. As the youngest and only U.S. female engineer on the ground crew of Solar Impulse, the world’s first completely solar-powered aircraft, she has redefined gender barriers in engineering. She also serves as a role model for the next generation of women in STEM.

“These women exemplify the path an exciting career in manufacturing can take,” said Heidi Alderman, 2017 chair of STEP Ahead and senior vice president of Intermediates North America, BASF Corporation. “STEP Ahead recognizes women nationwide for their significant achievements to the field of manufacturing, and the positive impact on their companies and the industry as a whole.”

About Covestro LLC:

Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business with 2016 sales of EUR 11.9 billion. Covestro manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical and sports and leisure industries. The Covestro group has 30 production sites around the globe and employed approximately 15,600 people at the end of 2016.

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About i3 (ignite, imagine, innovate):

i3 (ignite, imagine, innovate) is Covestro LLC’s companywide corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative that aims to spark curiosity, to envision what could be and to help create it. Built on the three pillars of philanthropy (i3 Give), employee volunteerism (i3 Engage) and STEM education (i3 STEM), i3 seeks to create sustainable and lasting impacts. i3 Give is designed to innovate corporate philanthropy strategies that combine both human and financial resources to build stronger communities. i3 Engage re-imagines the way employees from for-profits and nonprofits engage with one another for more effective outcomes. And, i3 STEM ignites young minds to become the innovators of tomorrow through support of hands-on, inquiry-based STEM education, workforce experience and employee volunteerism.

Covestro Contact:

Alice Sox, Phone: +1 412-413-5430

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