March is filled with occasions to highlight and celebrate the women of Hager Companies. The beginning of March kicks off Women’s History Month, which includes Women in Construction Week from March 6-12 and International Women’s Day on March 8.
Did you know that women comprise about 11% of the construction industry? As for women on the front lines of job sites, that number is even smaller, making up only .01%. Hager is proud to support the women of the construction industry as well as those women working directly for Hager who support the many facets of the industry from specification writing and sales to customer service and support as well as those in our production and distribution centers.
We would like to highlight several strong women at Hager that make great contributions to our company and the industry. We’d like you to hear from some of these women. Pictured from left to right are Caitlin McCracken, Sheryl Simon, and Mona Cafazza.
Sheryl Simon is an Architectural Specification Consultant. In her role, Sheryl said she, “consults with architects in the development of professional and comprehensive door hardware specifications resulting in products that not only meet mandatory code requirements but also ensure clients a safe and efficient environment”. When asked about her role specific to Hager, Sheryl said, “I have had the opportunity and privilege of working with some of the most talented design professionals in the country”.
Additionally, Sheryl gave us her thoughts on women in the industry saying, “Although women are still underrepresented in the construction industry, one of the most rewarding things I have observed is the increasing number of opportunities across a broad spectrum available to women. Due to the current labor shortage, I hope more women will take advantage of these opportunities and join in the fun”.
We also spoke to Caitlin McCracken, a Human Resources Generalist who is often assisting in hiring for all aspects of the company. When asked about her role Caitlin said, “I have the pleasure of working with all our employees at Hager. In a predominantly male industry, women make up 33% of our workforce, many of which hold management positions. One of my favorite aspects of working here is that everyone has a voice to make an impact, regardless of their gender”.
Sage Goliday, a Customer Service Associate, describes her position stating, “my role supports the construction industry as it allows me to interact with customers firsthand and learn about the many ways in which Hager products are essential to various constructional projects”.
In addition, Sage echoed similar sentiments about being a woman in this industry saying, “There has been so much growth and development for women in the construction industry. It’s empowering to see other women enter the field that traditionally has been dominated by men and thrive”.
We are honored to employ these three women along with all the women of Hager making an impact on the industry. This month and every day forward, we hope you join us in recognizing and celebrating the women making a difference in your team, company, and life.