Maryville women give ‘Rosie the Riveter’ a run for her money

Workers at Denso Manufacturing in Blount County

MARYVILLE (WATE) – On December 7, 1941, the United States entered World War II and as able-bodied men enlisted as soldiers, women stepped up to factory lines to help the war-time effort. Long after Rosy the Riveter made history working for victory, women are still on the factory floor and finding success in the manufacturing industry.

In fact, stepping on to DENSO Manufacturing’s production line in Maryville, most of the workers on the line were women. Ashley Fayziyev, a production group leader at DENSO Manufacturing in Maryville said never would have seen herself working at the plant, but said she couldn’t be happier in her position.

Buddy Allen, a production section leader, said when he first started working in manufacturing in the 90s it was a predominately male business. Today, one in four associates at DENSO Manufacturing are female.

“We are seeing a tremendous amount of males and females succeed and grow in our company and then into leadership roles,” said Allen.

Fayziyev said before she started working at DENSO Manufacturing she was a full-time student and worked three part time jobs to support her two-year-old.

“It was really hard to juggle three jobs and three different bosses,” said Fayziyev. She said she started as a temporary worker after a friend suggested she look at DENSO and now works in management.

“You can move up the chain. And go as far as you want in the company,” said Fayziyev. “I think having females, especially in the management, helps show we have a lot of compassion for our associates. We want them to succeed. It’s somewhat the nurturing nature.”

DENSO says their jobs pay anywhere from $35,000 to $60,000. Fayziyev said they also give her a better work schedule.

Fayziyev is urging more women to look at jobs in manufacturing, not only because of the hours, but also because they provide perks like an on-site doctor and fitness center. While Fayziyev has a degree in accounting and finance, she said if you do not have a degree, DENSO offers classes to teach people how to do the job.

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