Myrlene Gelibert-Bush, known as MGB to her colleagues, is one of the highest ranking black women in auto manufacturing, and she works at one of the most closely watched plants — Chrysler's Toledo Supplier Park.
Chrysler assembles Jeep Wranglers in Toledo, Ohio, in a partnership with suppliers. Magna Steyr runs the paint shop, Hyundai Mobis assembles the Wrangler chassis, and Kuka Toledo Production Operations LLC operates the body shop. Gelibert-Bush is responsible for Chrysler's 525 workers at the plant.
The native New Yorker previously ran Chrysler's Jefferson North paint shop in Detroit. She is amazed to find herself in her current job. Gelibert-Bush says paint shop managers tend to stay put because running a paint shop is a specialized skill.
"It's a miracle," she says. "Once you're in a paint shop it's hard to get out."