Plant tour encourages women to learn about manufacturing careers


One hundred young women aged 14 and 15 visited today the Algoma Steel and Tenaris’s AlgomaTubes plants as part of a Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)  initiative to encourage more women to choose a career in the manufacturing sector.

The manufacturing sector offers high-paying and rewarding jobs. Nearly 90% of those employed by the sector would recommended it to a friend.  Unfortunately, too many women pass up on this opportunity. While women make up half of the Canadian workforce, they only comprise 28% of the manufacturing workforce.

Algoma Steel, Tenaris’s AlgomaTubes facility and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters joined forces to organize plant tours and help the young women of the Sault Ste. Marie understand what goes on behind the walls of advanced industrial facilities. The objective of the field trip is to make sure students can experience the manufacturing sector and are empowered to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or trades.

Engaging youth is a critical component of Women in Manufacturing, an initiative that aims to increase female representation in manufacturing by 100,000 in 5 years.


“The steel industry offers exciting opportunities in science, engineering, technology and skilled trades.  At Algoma Steel we recognize that a diversified team delivers better outcomes and we hope that today’s tour encourages more young women to choose a career in steel.”

– Michael McQuade, CEO Algoma Steel Inc.


“We’re excited to open our doors today to inspire so many young women to pursue a career in manufacturing. Diversity in our teams is critical to our future success, and visits like today provide greater context for  discovering the many opportunities that Tenaris and the advanced manufacturing industry holds for them.”

– Ricardo Prosperi, President, Tenaris Canada


“Plant tours are the first step in beginning to bridge the gender gap in the industry.  We need to pull back the curtain so that the next generation of workers wave can see the high-value opportunities open to them in the sector.”

– Dennis Darby, President & CEO of CME.





Based in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., since 1901, Algoma Steel Inc. is a fully integrated steel producer of hot and cold rolled steel products including sheet and plate. With a production capacity of an estimated 2.8 million tons per year, Algoma Steel’s size and diverse capabilities enable it to deliver responsive, customer driven product solutions straight from the ladle to direct applications in the automotive, construction, energy, defense and manufacturing sectors.


For more information, please call

Brenda Stenta
Manager Communications & Branding
Algoma Steel Inc.


Tenaris consists of a network of manufacturing facilities, service yards and commercial offices that spans the globe. We provide casing and tubing, line pipe and various other mechanical and structural steel pipes for different applications.

Tenaris’s global presence consists of:

  • A network of tubular productions units and threading facilities in more than 16 countries
  • More than 40 commercial offices worldwide
  • 5 R&D centers in Argentina, Mexico, Italy, Japan and Brazil

For more information, please call

Matt Stuart
Communications Manager
Tenaris Canada


Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) advocates for and represents 2,500 leading manufacturers that operate across Canada. Manufacturing moves Canada and is the engine of the economy. Canadian manufacturers collectively employ 1.7 million Canadians and is responsible for two-thirds of Canada’s export sales. The sector is growing rapidly. In 2018, the sector reached a new all-time high of $685 billion in sales. CME advocates policies that will allow Canadian manufacturers to compete effectively in the global economy.

For more information, please call

Stefi Proulx
Director of Communications
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
C:  613-292-6070 | | @CME_MEC