Hose manufacturing isn't easy.
It's good work, yes, but it can be demanding work—rewarding work. And the men and women who made a living at Continental ContiTech's Lincoln, Neb., plant likely would attest to all three.
They even could have shown you the callouses that built up on their hands and fingers—callouses from moving the hoses on and off the mandrels day after day.
It took some time, but those callouses eventually faded.
Because just about two decades previous, the molded hose manufacturing that had been an essential part of the plant's operation, moved to a Conti plant in Mexico, leaving layoffs in its wake at Lincoln.
Moves like that are never easy for the employees and communities impacted. In fact, it would have been easy for bitterness and anger to linger and, over time, build up callouses of a different kind.
But that's not the case with the ContiTech team in Lincoln.