by Elizabeth Olson
Originally published: August 8, 2017
For more than four decades, manufacturing was the only work Donetta Raymond knew.
Fresh from high school, she followed her father to the factory floor because, she said, “It was the best-paying job around.”
Starting as a sheet metal mechanic, Raymond found plenty of work in her hometown, Wichita, Kansas, home to famous names in aviation such as Cessna, Beech and Boeing.
She applied her skills, eventually becoming a production operation specialist on 737 airplane fuselages at Boeing’s sprawling facilities. Her work was praised consistently, including a good performance review in 2012 from the management of Spirit AeroSystems Holdings.