#168 The Power of Workplace Adaptation and Employee Advocacy, with Eileen Guarino

In this episode, WAM host Rosemary Coates sits down with Eileen P. Guarino, the CEO of Greno Industries Inc. — a machine shop based in upstate New York that has evolved to become a trusted manufacturer of machine parts, which serve a wide range of industries, including several Fortune 500 companies.

After taking over for her father, who founded the company in 1961, Eileen swiftly instilled her fresh yet informed perspective to Greno Industries, Inc. This allowed her to adapt Greno to an ever-changing industry, which included many workplace challenges of the global pandemic. In terms of women in the workplace, Eileen recently saw Greno receive a Certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, a leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations and a valuable networking partner for Greno.

Throughout the episode, Rosemary and Eileen touch on the skilled labor shortage in the United States, what it’s like to be a small business competing with global outsourcing, and how Greno Industries Inc. adapted to the lack of face-to-face interactions with customers and the supply chain during the global pandemic.