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Nebraska’s Afton Hollertz Featured In Manufacturing 30 Under 30

Nebraska's Afton Hollertz Featured In 30 Under 30We love a good success story. And even more than any regular success story, we love success stories from Nebraska, and from manufacturing.

Today, we’re featuring a story that contains a bit of both.

This year, Manufacturing Engineering Media, “the premier source for news and in-depth technical information about manufacturing in North America,” ran a series called “30 Under 30: Recognizing the Future Leaders of Manufacturing.”

The purpose of the series is exactly like it sounds–to list some of the brightest young stars in manufacturing and other STEM-related industries.

The Editor from Manufacturing Engineering Media, Sarah A. Webster, has a little more to say:

Modern culture doesn’t do enough to celebrate success in the STEM fields, let alone manufacturing. Yet these are the fields that enable us to eat, live, heal, entertain and protect ourselves. Without competence and leadership in these areas, our country is in trouble. Manufacturing Engineering and SME celebrates these young people for pursuing the road less traveled.

We’re very excited about this list because it features Afton Hollertz, who lives and works in Holdrege, Nebraska.

Afton, featured as part of MEM’s 30 Under 30 from this year, completed her Associate’s of Applied Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology at Southeast Community College in Milford.

After working a few other places, Afton joined Allmand Brothers as a manufacturing engineer. She works as Allmand’s Continuous Improvement Manager, where she’s overseen the 40,000 square foot addition to the Allmand facility, streamlined material flow through the manufacturing process, and is in the process of gathering data that will lead to better understanding of operational efficiency.

Afton is a great example of a career path we recommend often: with her interest in design and a two-year degree, Afton has built a strong foundation for her career in manufacturing. At a time when prevailing wisdom suggests young workers need a four-year degree to succeed, Afton has made the most of her opportunities and been recognized nationally as a future leader in her industry. Her success makes a great story, and the fact that she’s from Nebraska is just another plus.

We’re very proud of her achievement, and are glad to see her getting attention in 30 Under 30. You can read Afton Hollertz’ full story here, and see the rest of the young people featured in 30 Under 30 here.

Do you know someone in the manufacturing industry that you’d like to see us write about? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!

Image courtesy of Manufacturing Engineering Media.

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