Rose Mottl Award winner for 2018: Superior Joining's Teresa Beach-Shelow

Stacia Hobson (left) with Teresa Beach-Shelow (right) 

SCHAUMBURG - The Technology & Manufacturing Association's 2018 Rose Mottl Leadership Award recipient is Teresa Beach-Shelow of Superior Joining Technologies, Inc. 

Presenting the award Saturday night at TMA's 92nd Annual Dinner, was Women in TMA (WTMA) past Chairwoman Stacia Hobson. Stacia noted how important encouraging the next generation's interest in manufacturing is to Teresa Beach-Shelow, who has helped inspire thousands of young people to consider careers in manufacturing.
Superior Joining Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1992 in the family garage, which it soon outgrew. Today the company occupies a 55,000 square foot building in Machesney Park, a suburb of Rockford, Illinois.

In addition to the shop and staff facilities, the plant has space that Teresa and her husband Thom open to various organizations such as the First Robotics Team Rockford 2039, which operates their team, year round, at the Superior Joining Technologies facility.

Teresa has been president of the Northern Illinois Chapter of Association of Women in the Metal Industries, and co-founder of Women of Today's Manufacturing, as well as chairwoman of Women of TMA Committee.

"Thank you for the encouragement I've received tonight," Teresa told the dinner crowd. "I believe in workforce development and encouraging young people to consider manufacturing for their careers. All through the time we've worked to encourage young people, and when I look at the future, I believe there's a gap in the workforce of women in the 20s and 30s. I believe manufacturing needs those women."

"With the technology, computers, quality we need to encourage women to come into manufacturing," she said. "That's going to be my next focus."

In addition to receiving TMA's 2018 Rose Mottl Award, Teresa was elected this year to the TMA Board of Directors.

The TMA Rose Mottl Award recognizes women who have worked to advance the manufacturing industry and whose efforts serve as an inspiration to current and future generations of women. It was established and named after Rose Mottl - a pioneering woman in Chicago manufacturing who in the early part of the 20th century led an exemplary career as she carried on the work of Atlas Tool Works after her husband's untimely death. As a result, Atlas Tool Works continues today and is now led by the founder's fourth generation.