The face of local manufacturing is changing. More women and minorities are stepping into prominent positions in the sector, leading plants and helping manufacturers grow, and in the past couple of years, new plant managers have been named at bedroom manufacturers and smaller operations alike. The trend also applies to places that train manufacturing workers for jobs and help companies innovate. Below is one of the names that is becoming more familiar in the local manufacturing scene; click here to see the rest.
Anna M. Dibble was a natural choice to be named plant manager last year at Cummins Inc.'s Jamestown engine plant.
Dibble has worked at the Chautauqua County plant on a permanent basis since 1992. She started as a quality engineer and went on to hold a variety of roles, learning the operations inside out.
But her appointment as plant manager was still notable in Western New York, where men have typically run the region's largest manufacturing operations.
Meanwhile, the Cummins factory's production rolled on in 2018, making the 2 millionth engine in its history. Its heavy-duty engines are used by tractor-trailers, fire trucks, RVs and farm tractors, as well as in marine applications. The plant, part of Indiana-based Cummins, is an anchor of the county's economy, with about 1,700 employees.
Overseeing everything is Dibble, who also represents changing times in the manufacturing sector.