Incentives: Sew & Ski

Year after year, in northern France's flat and foggy coal-mining town of Harnes, the girls of the Duhamel textile factory toiled away sewing trousers and parkas. One day in July 1966, as Léon Duhamel was wishing some of his 500 employees bonnes vacances, he was stunned to find that practically all spent even their vacations in dreary Harnes. To remedy that, he devised a scheme of "snow and sew" and this winter put it to the test.

Since last December, the sewing machines of Duhamel girls hum away in a handsome glass-and-pine...