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Printer Joanne's work is never dull.

J OANNE Turner spends all day every day working in the same factory with the same colleagues.

For four years Joanne has been a hot foil printer with Birmingham-based Crown Gold Blocking Company.

But she says it's anything but a boring job.

"I find it very interesting," Joanne said.

"If I was just standing over the same machine churning out the same product every day, it would be souestroying.

"But that's never been the case. We work on a wide variety of items so there's always a different challenge."

Joanne works in one of Birmingham's more unusual printers. While most content themselves with printing books or newspapers, Crown Gold prints company logos and product details onto a range of plastics and book covers.

Joanne, from Quinton, Birmingham, is one of 20 workers split between the company's two factories in Hockley.

At 32 she's the youngest member of staff working on the shop floor, but now she feels like a senior employee.

"I feel I've got enough experience to know what I'm doing," she says.

"Everything we do is machine-operated, but if you don't know exactly what you're doing, you can come a cropper simply because of the range of items we work on.

"When I tell people what I do for a living I suppose they think it's a pretty bog-standard sort of job, but there's more skill in operating machinery than many people think.

"That's especially true at a firm like ours, where we work with such a wide range of products. I always think workers here need to be selotivated and have a good eye for detail."

Joanne worked as an ink printer with kettle-manufacturer Swan for three years before joining family-run Crown Gold.

Now she says she's happy and contented, and has no plans to move on in the near future - despite the annual Christmas rush.

She said: "There's a lot of banter at our place, which I suppose you expect when you work in a factory. But it's all friendly enough and we all get on really well.

"That's very important when people are working as closely together as we are. I enjoy my work, so I'm not thinking about switching jobs any time soon.

"It's true that Christmas is one of our busiest times of the year, because we do a lot of work embossing boxes for jewellers' shops.

"During the rest of the year we start at 7.30am. But we finish at 2pm on Friday afternoons, so things even themselves out."
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