In this edition which is dedicated to women in honor of Women’s Month, we asked a few women that work in the plant if they could share their factory work experiences at R.M Palmer with our readers.
We interviewed Maritza Gonzalez, Stephanie A. Burkart, and Jessica Rivera Garcia on how they as women feel about working in a factory and how they juggle their jobs and their families. In this edition, we also feature one of their graphic designers, Jennifer Adames. She is on the cover, and she shares her amazing story. Let’s start with Stephanie.
Stephanie A. Burkart, age: 59
How long have you worked in a factory? This coming April I will have worked for R. M. Palmer Company for 24 years.
What do they love about your job? Being part of the department that develops new items is exciting. I enjoy using my organizational skills and coordinating our customer special item process.
Do you have family and if so, how do you juggle family and work? Over the years, my family dynamic has changed as my children are now grown, but I have the care of an aging parent. Where I once had to worry about fitting school functions, doctor/dentist appointments, and extracurricular activities around my work schedule, I now have doctor appointments and unexpected health issues with my father to work around.
Do you prefer an office job or a factory job and why? I have worked in the office and only been in the plant intermittently, mostly in the first few years of my job due to some special license items I was involved with coordinating. I was in awe of the women working the lines; the speed and accuracy they achieved were amazing. I do prefer the office because, I don’t think I would care to stand on my feet all day, and each day can be a little different with what jobs I am doing and how.
Rosa Julia Parra
CEO & Founder of Palo Magazine