Wedgwood Factory in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
This facility, the largest of the company's factories, has
been hardest hit by Patterson's cuts. The shop floor is harshly
lit by banks of fluorescents and conveyor belts and machinery clatter
and drone. And, of course, the work load is intensely demanding.
During his week on the floor, one job Patterson will attempt is
making cups. He'll have to make one cup every 45 seconds to keep
up with his tutor, Julie, who makes 1,000 cups a day. He's barely
able to glue a handle on straight.
The CEO will also try his not-so steady hand at decorating bowls
and plates. And when he tries to help assemble the Millennium Clock,
a high-end specialty item Wedgwood is marketing for Y2K, a faulty
mold leaks ceramic goo all over his hand. Patterson discovers leaky
molds are cutting productivity in half, and he can't have that.
So he has a chat with the mold department manager to sort out the
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