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Retired Berks manufacturing workers inspire poetry book – Lehigh Valley Business


They matched pairs of nylon stockings for 20 cents an hour, sewed waistbands into men’s and boys’ underwear or labored for hours stacking bricks in factories in a bygone era when such companies were plentiful in Berks County – once a major industrial center in the United States.

They worked for manufacturers large and small, global and regional, famous and parochial. Once familiar names that were pillars of the community employing hundreds, sometimes thousands of employees, such as Berkshire Knitting Mills in Wyomissing, Western Electric in Laureldale, Tung-Sol in Boyertown and Arrow International in Wyomissing.

The real stories from more than two dozen former factory workers, many now in their 80s and 90s, are told in a new book of poetry, “The Labors of our Fingertips: Poems from Manufacturing History in Berks County, Volume 2,” (FootHill…


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