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CELEBRATING WOMEN IN BUSINESS
March 8 marked International Women's Day, and for
LloydPans, it proved a special day because the company's chief executive officer, Traci Rennaker, is one
of the few women leading equipment manufacturing
companies in the United States. Despite the obstacles of
COVID-19 and being a woman in a male-dominated industry, Rennaker is part of the historical, groundbreaking moments that happen every day. Through hard
work, Rennaker has climbed the ladder into the top role
for the pan manufacturer that specializes in commercial
pizza and baking pans.

LLOYD PANS

What are highlights of your story?   
My story is one of determination and adversity - something many women in the industry can probably attest
to, or have experienced. My career actually started managing a deli and restaurant for a regional supermarket
chain. My husband passed away, and I was left with the
responsibility to care for my three children by myself. I
was motivated to do whatever it took to provide the best
life for my kids, which included working careers with
hostile working environments, working exceptionally
long hours, and training myself on industry-specific
matters on my own free time to better perform in my
career and provide more opportunities for my kids to be
successful. From managing a deli and a restaurant, I
eventually took positions as a customer service manager
for a software reseller, the director of customer service,
sales, and engineering for a large sheet metal fabrication
company, and then as the director of customer service
and sales at LloydPans. Within a few years I was promoted to the role of vice president, and then president
and CEO. We have been through three acquisitions, and I
have maintained the role of president and CEO. 
What are you most proud of?
I'm most proud of the culture of LloydPans and the
Company we have become. Our Company is comprised
of some of the most hard working, caring, and teamoriented people I have known in all of my professional
career. Everyone is always more than happy to go out
of their way to exceed the needs of our customers,
implement changes where necessary, and help each
other within the organization.  

" We approach our business
differently in that we don't
view our role in the product
development process as that
of the traditional suppliercustomer relationship. "
Traci Rennaker, chief executive officer of LloydPans

What are milestones or key achievements over the
past challenging year?
The COVID-19 pandemic has been exceptionally challenging to navigate this past year. The number one
priority for our company has been, and always will
be, the health and wellbeing of our employees. We are
most proud of continuing to provide for the health and
employment of our staff during the pandemic while
meeting excessive market demand. LloydPans had a
record-breaking year.
We were faced with the challenging task to meet an
excessive backlog to supply the countries essential businesses on top of implementing the CDCs guidelines to
ensure we can continue to operate our facility without
disruption to our customers' supply channels. This
required significant coordination, and almost daily we
were dealing with staffing shortages and production
scheduling movements.
But, as I previously mentioned, I am so proud of the
LloydPans culture. Despite these challenges, we were
able to fill orders and meet customer's deadlines without
delay. Everyone was more than willing to work extra
hours and volunteer to perform tasks outside their normal job responsibilities.  

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