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RD Industries can be added to the growing list of businesses in the cleaning industry who have appointed a woman to top position after the company announced the promotion of Barbara Laible to president.

According to RD Industries' announcement, Laible brings to the position years of experience in multiple industries, including manufacturing, advertising, education, IT, freight, real estate development, production management, and printing. She helped grow a refrigerated freight company from a startup to a business that does nearly $4 million a year in business. Additionally, Laible instructed businesses courses at Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Laible has an MBA from Regent University and is working towards her Ph.D. in organizational leadership. 

Laible has been involved with RD industries since 2014. In 2019 she was hired as the company's chief strategy officer and was promoted to chief operating officer in 2020.

"Over the last year, each day came with new COVID-19 production surges. So, we approached each day with a strategic round table to identify crucial decisions and tasks," says Laible in the company announcement. "This constant communication kept production rolling and helped us learn more about our ability. We implemented buying strategies, built more automation, and increased wages to ensure we maintained production. We utilize temperature stations, regular plant sanitization, and around-the-clock cleaning. We believe in what our customers are working to achieve. We care about the world and understand our responsibility to do our part for closed-loop in liquid containment and dispensing while keeping our employees and customers top-of-mind. Also, we continue to innovate new products which we will launch this year. Our focus is caring about and protecting people and the planet."