Maryland comptroller Peter Franchot presented the 2017 Bright Lights Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Harford County to Mary Steinebrunner, general manager of Dunlop Protective Footwear. The “Bright Lights Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship” will recognize and celebrate innovation in the private and nonprofit sectors that strengthen Maryland’s economy, generate jobs and tax revenue and develop new ideas that more effectively deliver services and products within the marketplace.
General Manager Mary Steinebrunner “We are extremely honored to win the Bright Lights Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Harford County. We have plans for continued investments and advancements for our product line, employees, and manufacturing facility.”
Dunlop Protective Footwear produces more than one million boots at its Havre de Grace facility every year for the food processing, Oil and Gas, Industry and Agriculture market sectors. Dunlop employs 105 people and recently expanded its operations in Harford County.
Dunlop Protective Footwear became the first high pressure polyurethane footwear producer in the USA, by manufacturing the Purofort® FoodPro boot with our state-of-the-art PU8 production system. General Manager Mary Steinebrunner “The PU8 project is another investment in American manufacturing. Utilizing leading edge technology to produce our Purofort® footwear line in the USA will help us better serve our customers, and most importantly provide America’s workforce the safety and comfort they deserve.”
About Dunlop Protective Footwear
We are Dunlop® Protective Footwear, the leading global manufacturer of professional and leisure waterproof boots. In more than 50 countries worldwide, we provide comfortable and protective footwear for you, the workers in Agriculture & Fishery, Food processing, Industry and the Oil, Gas & Mining industry. Our continuous innovation combined with a solid dose of craftsmanship, makes the best working boot in the world, to give you the safety and comfort you deserve.
35 years ago, Dunlop® revolutionized the protective footwear industry by inventing the first lightweight and durable FoodPro boot out of the Purofort® material. This unique Dunlop® material has millions of evenly distributed air bubbles, making it lightweight and thermally insulating. The cross-linked structure provides flexibility and strength, giving you protection and comfort while making your boots tear and wear resistant.
GENERAL MANAGER, DUNLOP PROTECTIVE FOOTWEAR USA
Mary has a strong background in Marketing and Business Development with a track record of solid leadership and successful business planning.
Mary became the General Manager for the Dunlop Protective Footwear – USA division when the company was acquired in May 2016. She has been part of the organization since April 2000, where she began as a Marketing Assistant and grew alongside her team into the current role as General Manager, while navigating three ownership changes in the past five years.
She is committed to building strong teams and enhancing independent leadership within company and community. In addition to the pledge to her Dunlop family, Mary has worked with local Women’s initiatives to support domestic abuse victims, helping to rebuild their confidence, and their lives.
Mary holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore and Marketing Strategy Certificate from Cornell University.
Mary has a strong belief in workplace diversity and supports training, education, and empowerment initiatives as key criteria to greater personal and business achievement.