Laura Black
Editor at Large
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Carol Stream, Ill. — April 23, 2019 — Women have an innate and enormous capacity to persevere and rise to any occasion, which is evident in the first annual Constructech Women Heavy Equipment Operator winners.

The Women Heavy Equipment Operator Awards honors the 10 most successful women who are working in the construction and mining industries. The women were nominated by their peers and are chosen based on the nominees’ machine ability, mechanical aptitude, and how the individual embraces technology.

Judges also took into consideration how many hours each candidate worked without a recordable incident, mentorship skills, and the challenges that each individual has had to overcome to make their mark within mining and construction.

“The women have persisted in what has traditionally been a male-dominated industry and have done it with care, precision, stalwartness, meticulousness, and an openness to continue to learn and mentor others with grace in the space,” says Peggy Smedley, editorial director of Constructech magazine and president of Specialty Publishing Media. “They are ensuring that the work performed is done right, safely, and with the latest technological innovation in hand.”

The 2019 Women Heavy Equipment Operator winners are:
Kirsten Anderson, HEO, Imperial Oil
Sarah Emig, Operating Engineer, Connelly Crane Rental
Linda Gerdon, Equipment Operator/Teamster, TC Construction Co., Inc.
Kristen Hand, Operating Engineer, Granite Construction Northeast
Mikayla Smith, Foreman, LCI-Lineberger Construction Inc.
Terry Stacey, HEO, Imperial Oil
Kimberly Tuttauk, Senior Operator Maintainer, Iron Ore Co. of Canada
Debra Thompson, HEO, Rachel Contracting Inc.
Kathy Tuccaro, HEO, Imperial Oil
Cindy Van Marter, Transportation Craft Recruiter, Sundt Construction Inc.

“These women take a tough job and make it look easy,” says Laura Black, editor at large, Constructech magazine. “They have the experience, expertise, drive, and determination to ensure a project moves forward quickly and safely. We can all learn something from these 10 women.”

The women will be honored at a dinner being held Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago, Arlington Heights, IL. In-depth profiles of the women who made the list will be in the Spring issue of Constructech magazine, which is available in print and on the Web.

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