Whether she’s building DENSO’s latest innerfin technology or raising her five daughters, Ashley Smith is focused on being resilient.
“Being a mom is good preparation for working in manufacturing,” Ashley said. “You have to work fast without getting overwhelmed, adapt constantly and keep stress in its place.”
Ashley’s daughters range in ages from 10 to 1 year old, so stress is a way of life. But, she says, it’s all worth it for the stability and rewarding work she has at DENSO.
“Good pay and benefits mean a lot to me and my family. My girls know I build car parts and that I work hard,” Ashley said. “If I’m not strong, who are they going to look up to?”
Ashley’s resilience was tested during the last economic downturn when she was let go as a temporary employee. She was eager to return to manufacturing and hired in as a DENSO associate in 2011.
“The product in my area recently changed to new, innerfin technology,” Ashley said. “DENSO is always introducing new, innovative products, so that’s part of being resilient for me. You have to keep learning and keep challenging yourself.”