Superheros of Manufacturing | Karen Wilhelm

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Superman, Wonder Woman, or Spider-Man action figures may have captured your attention when you were a kid, but did you ever see action figures for Maintenance Man or Maintenance Woman?

I didn’t think so.

Rarely cast as heroes, members of the maintenance department come to the rescue when a machine is down and it takes superpowers to get it back online. They respond to a crisis with their super-strengths, which include inventiveness, know how, and a wide range of technical skills. Then, like Clark Kent, the maintenance men and women go back to their roles as ordinary characters.

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