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You Had a Job for Life: Story of a Company Town

Reviewed 25 Jun, 2018

You Had a Job for Life: Story of a Company Town by Jamie Sayen, 2018, University Press of New England, Lebanon, NH.

This is a book about the creation, growth, and eventual decline of a paper manufacturing company in Groveton, NH. The author was a student in an ethnography course at a local college. His assignment was to develop an oral history of the town. The teacher was so impressed with his work that she suggested he do additional work, which turned into this book. Initially, I bought the book because I know the area and was curious. Why did it turn into a review? Because it is an in-depth study of what it takes to run a paper plant. For those of you who have never worked in a manufacturing plant, you’ve missed a significant opportunity. If you have ever wondered what it is like, this is a good read. In a factory, you learn about process, flow, fixing problems quickly—and the importance of people up and down the production chain

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