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Louisville Magazine, Back to work: The challenge of luring young workers to blue-collar jobs

By Anne Marshall

Date Published: 7/1/2013

Consumerism’s reproductive system: a brawny deliverance of repetition and accuracy, the paper doll technique perfected by 26 punch presses baring grease-stained teeth that crunch into coils of steel unrolling like Scotch tape — chomp,
chomp, chomp — only to spit out necessary forgettables: refrigerator door hinges, oven brackets, oven doors. One mighty beast that could dwarf a two-story home weighs 1,100 tons or roughly 150 elephants. It shakes the foor with each bite.

At a 140,000-square-foot plant dotting Preston Highway’s industrial plains, products enter the world efciently. It’s called nth/works, as in precision (the company’s former name was Precision Tool and Die and Machine Co.) to the nth degree. Say it, and the roof of your mouth mousetraps the syllable. Unusual name aside, 300 workers manipulate metal on two shifts, five days a week, assembling parts for General Electric and Toyota.

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