Business: Oompah in the Bible Belt

When it comes to celebrations, folks in Spartanburg, S.C., do not limit themselves to just the usual American holidays. Last week, for instance, a few days after the Fourth of July, they all turned out for Bastille Day. French Consul Jacqueline Dietrich borrowed a spit from a German neighbor, ordered supplies from Franz Kastner's gourmet delicatessen (Perrier water, lox and asparagus), invited the Swiss consul and representatives from Spartanburg's 40 European companies to celebration and song. Rudolf Mueller, manager of Menzel, Inc., a German-owned plant that makes textile machinery, was not there this time, but his mind was fixed on next...

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