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Auto plant worker's badge, hat, and notebook, 1989Auto plant worker's badge, hat, and notebook, 1989

Identification badges and hats were standard for workers at the New United Motor Manufacturing (NUMMI) plant in Fremont, California, one of the first factories in the United States to adopt Japanese mass-production techniques. In 1989 Smithsonian curators traveled to the plant to collect artifacts for an exhibit on the history of work and management. To decide whose uniforms would be donated to the Smithsonian, the company held an employee essay contest on the topic of teamwork; the winners were Judy Weaver, from the engineering department, and Rick Madrid, from the quality control department. These artifacts were donated by Madrid.

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