Wonder

March 13, 2017 3:25 pm

In February I travelled to the the small town of Cremona, Italy to photograph the employees of Wonder, a manufacturer that produces tire valves. Wonder’s CEO, Matteo Gosi, decided to make a book featuring portraits of all the employees for the company’s 70th anniversary. Wonder is a family-owned business that prides itself on employing 50% women, many of whom have leadership roles. Most people who work at Wonder only leave when they retire, and spending time at the factory I got a sense of the tight community bond that brings its workers together.

Below are some of the pictures I took, and I’ll be posting many more here in the coming days.

Many thanks to Wonder’s incredibly generous and thoughtful employees.

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After 20 years at Wonder, Elisabetta handles Monday mornings like a pro.

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Diego has worked at Wonder for the last 12 years.

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Mauro is Wonder's health safety and environment manager. I asked him to show me something he's proud of and he immediately got up and took me on a loooooong walk to this little shed that holds a water filter that he designed.

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Maurizio designs the automated machines that fabricate most of Wonder's products. Over the years he's created over 10,000 custom parts.

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Michela, quality control at Wonder since 1996.

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Alberto is the manager of the assembly department at Wonder. In his free time he's an amateur sommelier.

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Simone seems to work in every department at Wonder, but his official title is "rubber mixing & degreasing foreman".

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Carlo started in finance and sales at Wonder in the early 1970’s. Now he's the company's president.

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Stefano is Wonder's technical manager. He finds that studying the classics is a good form of inspiration for new product development.

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Half of Wonder's employees are women, many of whom have leadership roles. Nadia is one of them.

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Giovanni was 16 years old when he first started working on this old milling machine. Now he manages the entire machine shop at Wonder.

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Wonder's youngest female engineer, Monica.

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Mauro works in the assembly department at Wonder. He's also a Ferrari aficionado.

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Attilio is Wonder's accounting manager.

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Giovanni is the grandson of Wonder's founder, Gianni Carutti. He oversees the financial side of the company, but spends his mornings running the family farm.

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Paolo is a mechanic, and shift leader in the assembly department at Wonder.

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Daniela is shift leader of the manual assembly department.

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Marco is Wonder's in-house electrician.

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Gabriele began working on a lathe machine at Wonder over 40 years ago. Now he’s the senior technical specialist & gage department leader.

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Matteo, Wonder's CEO, with his daughter Celeste. Wonder is a family owned business and when Matteo was only 8 years old his grandfather gave him a symbolic key to the company. If Celeste is interested, she’ll take over some day.

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