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This month is all about working in a candy factory. I'm all for it if there's an employee discount!
Gregg Speed Building, One-Year Course, Gregg Publishing Company, 1940, p 509-510
Suppose we take a look at a typical candy factory. We find first of all that candy making has five man processes: cooking, whipping, rolling, dipping, and packing. We see one skilled worker operating a mogul machine. This machine makes the candy centers for chocolates, bonbons, and jelly beans. Somewhere else we see another skilled worker at an enrobing machine. He is coating the candy centers with icing or chocolate and he has two unskilled workers to help him.
As we walk to another department, we see that a candy factory has many machines. We pass by a vacuum cooker used for cooking candy centers. We see depositing machines, cream beaters, cutting machines, and many mechanical wrapping devices.
When we come to the Packing Department, we notice that most of the workers are girls and women. Some of the workers are placing paper cups on a moving conveyor belt. Other girls are putting a candy in each of the cups. A little farther down the line women pack the candies into boxes and weigh them. A foreman inspects the filled boxes to make sure that each is neatly wrapped.
Work in a candy plant is often done rapidly. Almost all of it is manual labor; and in order to last, a worker must have good health and plenty of vitality. It is sometimes necessary to lift bags of sugar or kettles of candy. Men and women may have to work in hot or cool rooms. In the Packing Department, women must be able to stand on their feet for long hours and work rapidly with their fingers.
Before men or women are employed in a candy factory, they are usually given a physical examination. Workers must be free from communicable diseases. Because candies are eaten so widely by the public, manufacturers must consider public health. For this reason, many plants furnish their workers with uniforms. In other plants, workers are required to buy or rent their own.
More than half the jobs in a modern factory can be filled by unskilled workers. During the rush season, many unskilled girls are employed.—Vocational Trends
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