A people factory

'All those faces running through my mind'

"I remember when, as a young boy, we used to go 'into the factory' with my grandfather: our curiosity would start in the backyard, which we would silently walk through in order to be able to hear the whistle of the shear blowing on the Tummy line of pots. My grandfather explained to me that every whistle was a pot, and if we didn't hear it regularly, then there was a problem slowing down production.

The shearing machine was located on the opposite side of the line from where we entered, first we passed the cleaning machines which seemed to whine so much was the strain of the spindles and wheels on the pots.

When we passed, everyone greeted my grandfather and smiled at me. I, from the height of my ten years, would try to keep my composure as I returned the greeting. We moved among mounds of pots neatly piled up by expert hands, and in the meantime we were met by Mr Rusca, the plant manager, a very serious person with a confident bearing who instilled a sense of duty, attention and responsibility in you just by his appearance.

The visit ended with the warehouse. The manager was Mr Cartumini 'father' who, having the job of caretaker, lived with his family inside the company and taught the trade to his son, who in turn became warehouse manager until his well-deserved retirement. It was Mr Cartumini 'father' who helped load Mr Tonino's van: how many times did I see him over the years arriving from Apulia to pick up the pots. I was later pleased to meet him in his Barletta.

When I think that one hundred and twenty years have passed since my great-grandfather, with a lot of hard work and a lot of courage, opened a small factory in Invorio, I can't help but think of all those faces running through my mind, each one with his own story. They are the ones who contributed with their commitment to make that small factory grow.

Neither my father nor my grandfather ever pushed me to follow in their footsteps or explained to me how to do this job. After so many years, however, I realise that I learnt it from watching them work, observing their commitment, their dedication.

I hope to be able to continue their work and continue to contribute to the growth and prosperity of the company. It is a commitment that I feel as a duty to them and to civil society, which every Company contributes to growing, improving and prospering."

Andrea Barazzoni


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