Caster Connection CEO/Founder Featured In Salute To Women In Material Handling
This issue of the magazine acknowledges women in the material handling industry, their accomplishments, and the impact they have in their organizations and in the industry as a whole.
Caster Connection CEO/Founder Sally Hughes
In the feature, Sally explains her belief that "there are lots of opportunities for women in the material handling field. 'Like any business you get into, the same rules apply, at least in my mind: be relentless and persistent, have a good product, tell the truth, do what you say you're going to do and always take care of the client.'"
ABOUT CASTER CONNECTION CEO / FOUNDER SALLY HUGHES
Upon completion of a professional singing career in 1987, Sally A. Hughes founded Caster Connection and has led the Company as President and Chief Executive Officer throughout its history. Ms. Hughes leads the business based upon the solid principle: “providing ergonomic caster and wheel solutions to decrease injuries in the workplace".
Hughes began the business by selling chair casters out of the trunk of her car but quickly began providing heavy duty casters and wheels to industrial companies. Early in Caster Connection's life, Sally made a creative suggestion to General Motors Corporation to select Caster Connection to consolidate their purchasing and to provide products to their Northeast Ohio factories, which moved Caster Connection to a new level. This approach was then utilized with other industrial companies with multiple locations.
As the manufacturing industry intensified its focus to reduce on-the-job injuries, Hughes led Caster Connection’s effort to provide more advanced ergonomic safety solutions. As a result of this focus, the Company became recognized for their innovative solutions for moving heavy equipment. Caster Connection used its experience in safety advancement and applied it to the automotive industry, food service, commercial laundry, and bakery industries. More than thirty years later, Caster Connection serves thousands of companies throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.
Hughes serves on the Board of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Enterprising Women, and is a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). She is on the Board of The Wellington School, Women’s Leadership Network Advisory Council for Otterbein University, and the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, appointed by Attorney General Mike DeWine. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of women in business including the 2008 National Woman Economic Development Outreach (WEDO) Broadcast Tour. She is a community volunteer with particular interest in children’s hospitals, The Wellington School, and maintains her interest in singing through active participation with her church.
Sally was named the 2014 NAWBO Columbus Visionary Award Honoree, a 2014 Columbus Smart 50 Award Honoree, a 2015 Columbus Smart 50 Award Honoree, a 2015 Progressive Entrepreneur Finalist by SBN Columbus, a 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Honoree and the 2016 Ohio Small Business Person of the Year Winner.