We chose to become Founding members in memory of our foundress, Estelle C. Dul who formed the company in 1954. Estelle Dul had a career in manufacturing beginning at age 17. She purchased her own manufacturing company and ran it during WWII and later formed Clips & Clamps Inc. Clips & Clamps Inc. manufactured metal parts for the automotive industry. Her legacy continues through her 2 daughters and other family members who own and manage the company to this day.
Manufacturing companies were traditionally owned and run by men. Estelle Dul was a pioneer in the industry and received recognition by the PMA in the late 1990s for her role in proving women could own and run these companies successfully.
Education and support of women in the industry is important today. Women in manufacturing are a minority and often need the support, skill development and other tools to make advancements in their career. We believe this type of Educational Foundation can make a difference.
We hope that the Foundation will offer skill building, leadership training, networking and support from other women currently in the industry.
As a woman business owner, my mission is to support all my staff both male and female in reaching their potential. Knowing the many roadblocks women face in the manufacturing industry, my goal is to offer extra support to those women in my organization and in other organizations that have the talent and motivation to ascend to the highest possible ranks in the manufacturing industry.