We join the world in celebrating Women in Construction Week March 1-7th and International Women’s Day March 8th.
We have many women working at Hager Companies. Some have been here for over 40 years while others are just starting out in their careers. All contribute daily with their hard work, passion and fortitude. Here are just two of the fabulous women at Hager Companies in their own words.
The National Association of Women in Construction celebrates its Women in Construction (WIC) Week March 1st – 7th!!!
Hager Companies is a NAWIC member company. Under our corporate membership, I am the appointed representative for Hager. You may be asking yourself, “I thought Hager was a manufacturing company?” We are a manufacturing company but we provide construction related services/products to the construction industry. I am the Safety and Environmental Supervisor for Hager. Prior to working at Hager, my ex-husband and I were self-employed in the construction industry. It was very difficult and very competitive. It was challenging for me because construction was a male dominated industry and most men did not want to discuss details of the jobs with me (this was 25 years ago too). I look back now and consider those times as learning experiences that have helped make me who I am.
I can relate to the challenges the women in construction face every day. Being in NAWIC has helped me understand the needs women have and the struggles they face in meeting those needs. Even when women have strong partners many still have this overwhelming need to be that traditional woman that everyone perceives; care giver, soccer mom, team mom, caring friend, etc…Women in construction feel they have even more to prove to themselves and their co-workers. Building a network with other women in construction provides a foundation to build on. NAWIC members are all over the country and just phone call or email away. The core values of NAWIC are: Believe in Ourselves, Persevere with the Strength of our Convictions, and Dare to Move to New Horizons. Join me this week in celebrating WIC Week and encourage a woman you know to believe in herself!
Sheryl Simon, CSI, CDC
Architectural Specification Consultant
St. Louis, MO
I started out coordinating service calls for a family owned overhead door company. As the business grew and branched out into hollow metal doors/frames and hardware I made the progression into sales. This was the beginning of what would become a lifelong career in the building industry.
Throughout the years I continued increasing my construction knowledge by working as a project manager for local door/frame and hardware suppliers. I was always a supporter of Hager products so when I learned Hager was expanding their product offerings and were looking for experienced hardware representatives; I made the transition from distribution to manufacturing.
Three years later Hager grew again by adding a specification department and I had the opportunity to help develop that department and be part of a new era at Hager.
I have always been interested in design so meeting architects and creative people is a great fit for me. I enjoy sharing Hager product knowledge as well as finding solutions to unique door and hardware conditions.
When I began my career over 20 years ago, there were very few women in the Construction industry. I am happy to say that trend has changed considerably. I feel that women are taken more seriously today however, regardless of your gender, extensive product knowledge as well as knowledge of the construction process is a must particularly when consulting with architects, specifiers and end users.
I am thankful for the opportunities that I have been given and would encourage any women looking for a challenging career to consider the construction industry.