Much of her experience came about in 2020, due to COVID-19. Maddison recalls one day, she happened to be present when a WIP operator called off. She was assigned to fill in, and although she was nervous, she confidently stepped up. Not only did she excel at her first solo 12-hour shift operating the overhead crane; the plant ran record numbers of coils that day.
In the fall of 2022, one of the overhead crane positions became available and Maddison leapt at the opportunity. She was offered the role—and became the first female crane operator the facility has had in its 26 years of existence.
“I never really thought, ‘Oh, I’m a woman doing this job,’” Maddison says. “But I’m really proud of it.”