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new windowless plant has windows like this, with fluorescent tubes behind opaque glass

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Always considered essential for smithing operations on precision cutting tools - is manufactured and delivered to just the right places in the 5-acre room where Simonds Saw & Steel Company now produces all of its saws, machine knives, files, etc. The new windowless plant has windows like this, with fluorescent tubes behind opaque glass, at a number of locations right in the production lines at the point where smithing is required, so that the saws do not have to be handled to and from windows. Furthermore, smithing that used to require north daylight can now be done at any time of the day or night - an important feature in the Simonds plant which works three shifts a day. 


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