Women in Insulation

Women in Insulation

In Honor of Women’s History Month

According to the 2023 report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women make up 11% of the construction industry. While the industry may be male-dominated, the Insulation Contractors Association is proud of the women in our industry that are shaping creativity in the office and on the field.

Cheyenne Sharpe, Insulator with Atlantic Contracting, loves the creativity of her job. She says it’s like “arts and crafts” and that every day is an opportunity to “make the impossible, possible.” According to Cheyenne, women can be successful in the industry by learning their craft and constantly striving to get better at the work they’re doing.


Cheyenne contributes to the 80% of women in the construction industry who say they love their job according to a survey conducted by Levelset in 2022.


Karen Grando, CEO of International Asbestos Removal, was working at her husband’s company when she saw the opportunity to take on environmental remediation work. She would receive many calls for asbestos removal that were turned down. So, Karen took the opportunity and opened a new business, IAR. For over 50 years, IAR has been a leader in the New York insulation industry. As a family-owned and Women’s Business Enterprise certified company, IAR continues to be recognized for their prioritization of safety and excellence.

Year over year, more women are entering the industry, and feel as if they have the opportunity to advance at their companies according to Levelset.

The Insulation Contractors Association provides opportunities for you to advance in your career in insulation. We offer paid pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs prior to becoming a journeyman. Our journeymen receive equal wages and have job security in the industry. We also provide opportunities for you to be a part of our community. You can contact us for an invitation to join our membership meetings and meet other local insulation professionals. 

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