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Melissa Hadley, Koppers Inc.

Melissa Hadley, Koppers Inc

Melissa Hadley is business planning manager at Koppers Inc., a Pittsburgh, PA, manufacturer of treated wood products, wood treatment chemicals and carbon compounds. Koppers serves a wide range of applications in a diverse global network of end-markets, including railroad, specialty chemical, residential lumber, agriculture and construction industries.

Prior to Koppers, Melissa worked at Morton Salt in various roles, including as supply chain planning manager, plant manager and process engineer. She started her career at Sunoco as a process engineer. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Ohio University and an MBA in Operations/Supply Chain Management from Arizona State University.

Melissa has been recognized by The Manufacturing Institute with the 2021 STEP Ahead Award, which celebrates women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their manufacturing careers.

Keywords: women in manufacturing, diversity, wood products, wood treatment chemicals, carbon compounds
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Manufacturing Tomorrow is a podcast series brought to you by the Ohio Manufacturing Institute at The Ohio State University. Featuring the perspectives of manufacturing leaders, we focus on the advanced manufacturing innovations, solutions and partnerships that exist in our region now and that will propel industry in the future.

Our guests include the unsung heroes of advanced manufacturing, from company C-suite executives and engineers to industry-facing academics, supportive government agencies and regional economic development organizations. Interviews cover the latest topics on products, processes – and groundbreaking relationships –the best manufacturers engage in to infuse entrepreneurialism in their daily operations.

Our mission is threefold: to provide a voice to small and large manufacturers, educate the public on the value of manufacturing innovation to the U.S. economy, and showcase how Ohio’s technology resource support providers (e.g., higher education, technical centers, and MEPs) boost advanced manufacturing solutions. We ask guest speakers about what catalysts are needed to collaborate on new products and processes, how to reduce academic-industry barriers, and the types of technical resources that can truly bolster manufacturing productivity. 

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