Woman takes helm at recycling facility

LONG BEACH - Elinor Lester has been named port manager for Terminal Island, SA Recycling announced this week.Lester will be responsible for administrative and operational duties, overseeing budgets, cutting costs and continuing SA Recycling's community outreach. She will also work with the operations manager to guarantee the production of high-quality material, the safe and efficient loading of vessels and containers, and maintaining the company's environmental standards, while ensuring the safety of the 150 employees under her supervision. After spending 10 years in retail management, Lester, a single mother at the time, opted for a career move and enrolled as a full-time student at Cal State Long Beach. Immediately following her graduation in 2005, she was hired by SA Recycling as a data entry clerk. While the ports are often thought of as a male-dominated workplace, Lester quickly moved up the ladder into a management position. "Ms. Lester is a tremendous asset to our company," said Cristi Rossi, vice president at SA Recycling.

********** Published: August 11, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 17