Ben Walters was unimpressed the first time he stepped into a Chinese factory. “It was incredibly primitive,” he said. “Safe but small, and using antiquated equipment. The education of the staff and management was pretty low.” Walters was searching for a manufacturing facility to make shoes for his footwear company, Ospop. And while that initial visit left much to be desired, in the six years since he's been able to find much better factories, examples of a trend toward improved manufacturing practices and labor conditions in China.
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