Karen Norheim Wins Champion for Industry Award

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Karen Norheim, executive vice president of MHI member American Crane & Equipment Corp. and Vice Chair of MHI Industry Group CMAA, has been chosen as Thomas’s latest Champion for Industry.
The Thomas Champion for Industry program recognizes individuals in manufacturing who drive success not just for themselves, but for their colleagues, their companies, and the industry overall including:
  • Driving Company Growth
  • Innovating in the Areas of Product, Process and Technology
  • Fostering a Superior Workplace Environment
  • Providing Outstanding Support & Motivation to Employees
  • Demonstrating Thought Leadership
Norheim accepted her father’s offer to work at American Crane & Equipment Corp. and joined a positive, employee-first culture – and then sought to modernize the way they attracted those world-class employees. Norheim leads facility tours for students of all ages and has been instrumental in creating local programs to raise awareness of manufacturing careers.
In addition to attracting a younger workforce, Norheim also works to balance the gender gap in our industry. She’s an active participant in Women in Manufacturing (WiM) and stresses the importance of looking for mentors in the industry – and urges all to hone their communication skills.
About American Crane & Equipment
American Crane & Equipment Corporation (ACECO) is a privately held international material handling company with locations in Southeastern Pennsylvania, USA. They are the leading manufacturer of cranes, hoists and other material handling equipment, with powerful innovation, proven experience and are a government approved supplier.
About CMAA
CMAA is the Crane Manufacturers Association of America, Inc., an independent trade association affiliated with the Material Handling Industry. CMAA traces its roots to the Electric Overhead Crane Institute, known as EOCI, which was founded in 1927 by leading crane manufacturers of that time to promote the standardization of cranes as well as uniform quality and performance. The voluntary association was incorporated as the Crane Manufacturers Association of America, Inc. in 1955. Member Companies, representing the industry leaders in the overhead crane industry, serve the United States market from operations based in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
About MHI
MHI is an international trade association that has represented the industry since 1945. MHI members include material handling, logistics and supply chain equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers, and third-party logistics providers. Much of the work of the industry is done within its product- and solution-specific groups. The association also sponsors trade events, such as ProMat and MODEX, to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to education industry professionals on the productivity solutions provided through material handling and logistics.