Meet Mercedes Perez- presented by PwC

Assembly Line Lead, STIHL, Consumer Markets & Products/Packaged Goods

What do you enjoy most about working in manufacturing? Working with an excellent team of people who are responsible for building a high-quality product.

What attracted you to a career in manufacturing? My daughter’s grandmother inspired me. She worked in manufacturing for 35 years. When I visited the plant where she worked and saw how many steps and processes it took to produce a final product, I knew I wanted to be part of that world.

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about creating their future in manufacturing? My advice would be to be open to explore this industry and all the different branches it has to offer. There are so many opportunities at all levels to grow and excel if you want to make a difference.

What does your manufacturing career mean to you? I’ve been with STIHL for 18 years. I started as an assembler and continued to receive quality control education in order to become a line lead in chainsaw assembly. STIHL invests in their employees in many ways; in fact, my daughter actually received a scholarship from the company for one semester. I am proud to say that working for a stable company like STIHL allowed me to provide a great education for my daughter. She graduated from Harvard, class of 2014.