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#158 American Manufacturing, Entrepreneurship and Sand Scarcity with Cynthia Andela


In today’s episode of the Women and Manufacturing Podcast, host Rosemary Coates speaks with Cynthia Andela, an engineer, entrepreneur, and founder of two companies Andela Products and Ruby Lake Glass. In our conversation, we talk with Cynthia about striking out on her own to become an entrepreneur and leaving the comfort of her corporate career. We discuss Cynthia’s companies and how she was able to find a specific niche in glass recycling and processing. Cynthia offers a detailed breakdown of the machinery her company designs and why they chose to keep their manufacturing entirely based in America. Tune in for an eye-opening conversation on the many uses of glass and sand, as well as key insights into how the demand for environmentally friendly manufacturing is on the rise! For all this and much more, join us today!


Rosemary Coates

Ms. Coates is the Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute and the President of Blue Silk Consulting, a Global Supply Chain consulting firm. She is a best-selling author of: 42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China and 42 Rules for Superior Field Service and The Reshoring Guidebook. 

Ms. Coates lives in Silicon Valley and has worked with over 80 clients worldwide. She is also an Expert Witness for legal cases involving global supply chain matters.  She is passionate about Reshoring.


Cynthia Andela

Cynthia Andela is President and CEO of Andela Products, a leading manufacturer of glass recycling equipment and systems for more than 25 years.  Andela Products has developed a unique technology for processing glass and provides creative solutions for all types of scrap glass reduction and separation. Cynthia Andela has developed processing plants that produce recycled glass commodities for bottle recycling and pulverized or crushed glass sand for local markets.

Andela Products is a woman owned business (WBE certified) with a focus on developing sustainable and circular solutions for waste glass.  It provides local processing systems that turn waste glass into glass sand or aggregates that can be used in the community.

In 2013, Cynthia Andela, started Ruby Lake Glass, LLC, a glass recycling company with a proprietary process for color coating recycled glass; offering color, texture, and durability in road safety markings, landscaping, polished concrete, and as a specialty coating.

Cynthia Andela holds a Bachelor of Science from Calvin College, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Master in Business Administration, MBA, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


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