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Page 32 of Mountain Life & Work vol. 33 no. 4 1957

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Hands and eyes trained in the sewing corner and in the kitchen are valuable assets in the Berea Rubber Company factory. rings a day. By letting the girls work out their own methods, we now have a system by which our slowest workers can paint at least 100,000 a day." Hensley is also proud of the production record in the plant. "Because we can always depend on our people for an honest day's work, we have been able to take full advantage of technological improvements which have resulted in steadily increased production," he says. Workers are encouraged to think for themselves in the plant and to devise new methods that will make their jobs easier. "Let me show you what can happen," said Hobein, as he guided me to a work area where a girl was trimming ten Orings at a time on a buffing wheel. "We used to trim one ring at a time before one of the girls decided to try two. This worked, so she tried three, and in a short while the girls were asking for larger wheels. It is now standard practice to trim six to twelve rings at a time. It is this type of effort that makes us proud of our employees in this plant." Hobein thinks the labor relationship at Berea is excellent. The only major labor turnover comes when wives leave to become mothers.

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