benefits from RIT connections
Lynne Woodworth and
her 215 co-workers are proud to say they have hearts of Stone.
|Frank Wenzel ’89,
vice president of engineering, and Lynne Woodworth ’86,
president and COO, are among many RIT grads at Stone Construction
Equipment Inc. is a 100 percent employee-owned, American
manufacturer, says Woodworth86 (business administration),
president and chief operating officer. That sets us apart.
As owners, we know the only way we can be successful is if our
customers are successful. Were really focused on that.
Stone designs, manufactures
and markets more than 370 products categorized as light construction
equipment. Stone produces concrete and mortar mixers, dirt and
asphalt compactors, power trowels and concrete and masonry saws
at a 150,000 square-foot facility in Honeoye, a rural community
about 25 miles south of Rochester. Stone products are sold in
86 countries, competing with Japanese and German companies that
dominate the industry.
Its a challenging,
dynamic industry, says Woodworth, but we continue to grow.
The company takes pride
in technological innovation, both with product features and business
practices. Stone was among the first companies in the industry
to introduce an e-commerce Web site for customers.
RIT plays a part in
the companys success. Many key employees are RIT grads,
and the company has provided co-op jobs for RIT students. Stone
frequently seeks expertise from RITs Kate Gleason College
of Engineering, Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies and
National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery.
We feel very
blessed that we have access to such a great resource, says
Woodworth, who joined the company 21 years ago as corporate communications
officer, and took a path to the presidency via marketing, sales,
and engineering. Along the way, she took night classes at RIT
to complete her degree. The many roles and hard-earned education
gave her a good understanding of the company and the industry.
She was promoted to her current job in 1999.
Frank Wenzel 89
(manufacturing engineering technology), vice president of engineering,
says the practical emphasis of the RIT education is a good fit
You wear a lot
of hats in a smaller company, he notes. We start
with an idea and turn it into a product, see it being built, then
work with the customer who will use it. The engineers are involved
from start to finish.
That sort of flexibility
is a company strength, says Woodworth, who characterizes Stone
as market driven with an intense customer focus.
Because the employees own the company, theres open sharing
of information from financial data to marketing strategy.
Our four cornerstones
are trust, respect, communication and development, explains
Woodworth. The cornerstones drive our operation.
For more on Stone,
visit the company Web site at www.stone-equip.com.
focuses on the contributions of RIT graduates in the workplace.