Kelly Finch of O-AT-KA among Influential Women in Manufacturing

September 18, 2018

Food & Beverage


Aptean congratulates Kelly Finch, director of technology at O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative, on being named one of Putnam Media’s Influential Women in Manufacturing for 2018. Jill Smith, senior director of Aptean Ross ERP, nominated Kelly for this honor.

When asked about her greatest personal or professional influence, Kelly, who has worked in manufacturing for 26 years, credits her team. “Their trust in me, their openness to challenge me with their independent thinking, their dedication to their own growth, their loyalty to the company, and their commitment to accept and evolve with the ever-changing world of manufacturing constantly reminds me that I must continue to evolve as a leader.”

Putnam Media launched Influential Women in Manufacturing at the beginning of 2018 to recognize women who are effecting change in manufacturing and industrial production. While women make up approximately 47 percent of the U.S. labor force, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they make up only 29 percent of the U.S. manufacturing workforce.