Friday, November 13, 2009

New BusinessWeek Post from George Cloutier (With Samantha Marshall)

Problem: A Sweatshop of Her Own Making
The owner of a $10 million garment factory in South Carolina has the kind of work ethic we like to see. This 60-year-old woman, the matriarch of a third-generation Vietnamese family, lives and breathes her business, working through most evenings and on weekends. She treats her workers, including relatives appointed to various management positions, much better than she treats herself, making every kind of fiscal sacrifice to meet payroll and keep the business solvent. While Mrs. Nguyen's husband and son are enjoying their weekends off playing golf, she's there on the factory floor doing quality control down to the last stitch and making sure orders are ready to be distributed to her retail customers on time.

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