USG Corporation’s Claire Yu Named STEP Ahead Award Honoree by The Manufacturing Institute

Industry Award Recognizes Women for Excellence and Leadership in Manufacturing

CHICAGO--()--USG Corporation (NYSE: USG), a world leader in building materials and technologies, today announced that Claire Yu, Research and Development Program Manager at USG’s Corporate Innovation Center in Libertyville, IL, has been named by The Manufacturing Institute as an honoree of its fourth annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead Awards. The award recognizes 130 women across organizational levels who have achieved manufacturing excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Production.

“We are excited that Claire has earned recognition by The Manufacturing Institute for the positive impact she has made on our company and the industry as a whole”

“We are excited that Claire has earned recognition by The Manufacturing Institute for the positive impact she has made on our company and the industry as a whole,” said Dom Dannessa, Executive Vice President, Chief Operations and Innovation Officer at USG. “As a company that values people with diverse experiences, such as Claire, we are committed to attracting, advancing and retaining strong female talent, and increasing the number of women in manufacturing.”

Since joining USG more than a decade ago, Yu has played a key role in developing new products and technologies that have enabled innovation in building design and construction. She is an inventor on six U.S. patents earned while at USG, which adds to the company’s roster of nearly 2,000 U.S. and international patents. In addition, Yu is an active member of USG’s WomenRock! Employee Resource Group, which empowers women as they move forward in their careers. Outside of USG, Yu is a member of the American Chemical Society and has participated in the United Way Speaker Initiative, where she works to inspire young women to pursue STEM and manufacturing careers.

“I’m grateful to be recognized by an organization that encourages women to pursue careers in manufacturing,” said Yu. “The STEP Ahead initiative’s focus on mentoring the next generation of women to become manufacturing leaders is something I value on a professional and personal level.”

The Manufacturing Institute developed the STEP Ahead initiative to address the industry shortage of available, qualified workers – especially women. The STEP Ahead Awards empower recipients to lead as role models in their companies, communities and networks. Peers and company officials nominate honorees, who are then evaluated based on their manufacturing achievements, demonstrated through outcomes including increased revenues, reduced costs, greater productivity, improved customer satisfaction and development of employee talent.

On April 21, The Manufacturing Institute will recognize all recipients of the STEP Ahead Awards at a reception in Washington, D.C. The STEP Ahead Awards program will highlight each Honoree’s story, including their leadership and accomplishments in manufacturing.

For more information about USG and its commitment to promoting the achievements of women in the fields of STEM and manufacturing, visit

About USG Corporation

USG Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of innovative, high-performance building systems through its United States Gypsum Company, USG Interiors, LLC, and L&W Supply Corporation subsidiaries and its USG Boral Building Products joint venture. Headquartered in Chicago, USG worldwide operations serve the commercial, residential, and repair and remodel construction markets, enabling our customers to build the outstanding spaces where people live, work and play. USG wall, ceiling, exterior sheathing, flooring underlayment and roofing systems provide leading-edge building solutions, while L&W Supply branch locations efficiently stock and deliver building materials throughout the United States. USG Boral Building Products is a leading plasterboard & ceilings joint venture across Asia, Australasia, and the Middle East. USG and its subsidiaries are proud sponsors of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams and the Canadian Olympic team. For additional information, visit

About The Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. As a non-­‐partisan organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to the nation’s manufacturers. The Institute is the authority on the attraction, qualification and development of world-class manufacturing talent. For more information, please visit


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