In the massive ClarkDietrich facility in Vienna, chances are most employees know and love Gordana Davis.
She just celebrated her second year with the company, and has been in manufacturing for 24.
“I’ve been working all my life,” Davis said. “I’m all about working and getting the job done.”
Born in Bosnia, Davis came to the United States in 1975 when she was 14, not speaking any English.
She went to school and learned the language from the foundations of ABCs and sounds.
In 1983, Davis got married to an American man. Together, they had three children.
Throughout her time building a life in the States, Davis worked as a cashier for 13 years before she headed to manufacturing.
Thinking about the start of her manufacturing career, Davis said: “I remember going home the first day, I couldn’t even walk up the steps.”
From there, she has learned every role in the company she could, training thousands of people during her time in the manufacturing industry.
“Everybody put trust in me.”
Davis loves the physical labor that goes along with overseeing her work, keeping schedule to her tasks. “I like the fast-pace” environment of the industry, she said.
It wasn’t long before Davis learned every role in the company she could, training thousands of people over the years.
Davis has only called off once — one day — in more than two decades.
“It’s all about commitment,” she said. “You need to be here to produce the job so we don’t lose manufacturing.”