“Tough Tower” Maker Evelyn Torres To Be Honored By Manufacturing Institute


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The Manufacturing Institute will award Evelyn Torres, CEO of Solaris Technologies with the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award on April 10, in Washington, D.C.. The STEP Ahead Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory-floor to the C suite.

Torres’ company, Solaris Technologies, manufactures a Cell on Wheels dubbed a “Tough Tower” due to its galvanized 2 3/8” OD schedule 40 steel pipe for its 36” base spread “among the largest base in the industry” according to Solaris. The towers have the ability to lift payloads up to 1,100 lbs at the top, and provide protection against  harsh conditions.

Torres’ patented design also allows rapid deployment as evidenced by the Hurricanes of 2017 where, within 48 hours following the storm, Solaris Technologies was delivering Tough Towers™ to South Texas. Torres had more than a business effort riding on the deployment: Hurricane Maria had devastated her home town.

“The women who we are celebrating represent the exciting career opportunities available in manufacturing,” said Natalie Schilling, 2018 Chair of STEP Ahead and Vice President of Human Resources at Arconic. “The STEP Ahead Award honors successful women in this industry for their significant achievements and the positive impact they have made on their companies, their communities and the industry as a whole,” she said in the announcement.

March 29, 2018      

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