Who's the Boss?

Locals knew the aging yarn mill near the banks of the Chattahoochee River was in dire straits, but few were ready for the news about who was coming to save it. A Japanese investor, rumor had it, had bought the plant and was dispatching an executive from Tokyo to turn things around. "Unbearable," thought accountant Vicki Bush, who had worked at the Columbus, Georgia, mill for more than 10 years. Like several of her colleagues, she started hunting for a new job. The way she saw it, the Japanese were "slave drivers," she says. Even worse, she'd heard that...

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