Two Koppers Employees Named 2022 STEP Ahead Award Honorees By The Manufacturing Institute
Min Kuang, Senior Research Scientist in Griffin, Georgia, will be recognized as a STEP Ahead Honoree for achievements that have made a significant impact on the manufacturing industry. Amber Leech, Customer Support Specialist in Harmarville, Pennsylvania, will be recognized as a STEP Ahead Emerging Leader for excelling early in her career. The two Koppers employees will join a select number of fellow honorees from around the country at an awards ceremony in April.
"Min and Amber are great examples of the hardworking, innovative and empathetic leaders at Koppers who are going above and beyond, both in the workplace and in their communities," said Koppers President and CEO
"The 2022 STEP Ahead Honorees and Emerging Leader awardees are excellent representatives of the exciting opportunities available in manufacturing," said
A major challenge facing manufacturers continues to be the growing workforce crisis due to a shortage of skilled talent. According to
Leech joined Koppers full-time in 2019 following a two-year internship with the company. Since then, she has served on multiple research and development teams dedicated to creating solutions for the sustainable recovery of used railroad crossties while providing critical support to customers. Leech is highly involved with Koppers inclusion and diversity, sustainability and community efforts. Additionally, she is a longtime active member of Club Hope and mentors female high school seniors.
Kuang joined Koppers in 2016 and has led the development of highly profitable and innovative products such as a water repellent for treated lumber and utility poles, an exterior fire-retardant coating for treated utility poles, and an oil-borne preservative system. In addition, she has managed research efforts in developing future copper-free preservative formulations for pressure- and non-pressure treated wood. Kuang also participates in Koppers inclusion and diversity efforts and new hire mentoring program, and is an active member of her community through tutoring, teaching and volunteering.
Click here to read profiles of Kuang and Leech on the STEP Ahead website.
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