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|Wednesday, May 18, 2011|
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BY RON KNOX
It’s just after 10 a.m. on a Wednesday, and, if for only a moment, the 90,000-square-foot Leatherman factory, nestled along a winding road in industrial north Portland, is quiet. Of the tool company’s 550-plus employees, those working the early, 4 a.m. shift are nearing the end of their lunch break. Now is the time to stretch.
Up and down the factory’s white and gray concrete walkways, the Leatherman workers stand in semi-circles and bend, crack necks, pull back on hands to help loosen tight wrists. Some folks hold their arms straight out from their sides and swing them in little circles — the fitness technique de jour of mall walkers the world over.
The stretch breaks are crucial. They are, of course, beneficial for the workers. Necessary, even. But these stretching sessions also help ensure bright eyes and loosened limbs, ready to take part in a manufacturing operation that absolutely must be as efficient and productive and lean as possible.
But Jake Nichol, the president and CEO, has been here before. And he has a plan.
“We have a pretty good idea as to how you can compete with the world from a high-wage area like Portland,” Nichol says.
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