Omaha Woman Thriving in a Male Dominated Profession

At the Allied Oil and Tire retread facility they fix eighteen wheeler tires.

It's a tough job that requires brawn. A glance around the factory floor shows the brute strength of the workers, but among the strain of masculine muscle appears a few bodies that are a bit more petite.

"Fully treaded it weighs more than me. This one will be about 150 pounds when it's done," giggles Tina Neely, tire repair specialist.

At five feet tall and 115 pounds, Neely works to repair these gigantic pieces of rubber five days a week.

"I was always a tomboy. I was always helping my dad with cars and with tools," said Neely.

She knows it's not a job most people would picture a girl doing, but that doesn't bother her in the least. In fact, she said she does a job inside the factory where the female workers really excel.

"Repair, because women are just naturally more attuned to details. And in repair there are a lot of details," said Neely.

She isn't the only female that works at Allied Oil & Tire. She is actually one of ten female employees.

Employees that fit this profession like tread fits a tire. But Neely said it isn't all girl power.

"The guys will help, if there is something I can't do, they will hop in and do it. I'll do something that is a little lower down, I will do that instead."

She said what makes this place strong is not the individual, but the team.


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