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Colorful Cincinnati and my tour of P&G

Last week I spoke at P&G. This was my first trip to Cincinnati, and I was delighted with what a colorful city it is. Here are my pictures from the visit.

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The city skyline.

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Cincinnati Music Hall.

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Union Terminal. It was originally built in 1933 as a train station, but it’s a museum today.

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If you speak near this fountain on one side of the building.

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The sound travels along the ceiling.

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People at the other side of the building can hear what you say.

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Sampling what I was told is the best ice cream in the Cincinnati: Graeter’s. This is black raspberry chip, and it’s right up there!

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This the fountain that was shown at the start of the TV show WKRP in Cincinnati.

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Loved this hat shop.

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I asked the salesperson if I could take pictures inside the store. The conversation went like this. Me: “Can I take pictures?” Salesperson: “Sure, go right ahead.” Me: “I’ll make your store famous.” Salesperson: “We’re already famous.” In other words, she pwned me.

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The colorful interior of Koch Sporting Goods.

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The building where P&G first manufactured soap.

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This is a tank at the Crisco factory next door. I was told that it contained 80,000 gallons of animal fat.

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You don’t see conference room names like this everywhere.

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My enchanting guides at the research facility: Mary Barnabas and Bernie Durham.

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P&G geek art.

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Bernie showing me how to use a ten liter glass batch recirculation loop mixer.

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This is how you make a prototype detergent.

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Moving up the chain: making an intermediate continuous process batch sample from 1-40 kg/min.

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I forget what this is.

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This is for making a large batch of 6,000 liters.

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Doing my Mike Rowe, Dirty Jobs impersonation.

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Checking the wash under ultra-violet light.

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Racks of Dawn going out for testing with consumers. The people I met there were rather surprised that I swear by Dawn as a good contact-lens cleaner, but I digress…

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As you can imagine, there are a lot of washing machines to test new formulas.

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This controls a row of “mini” washers to test various conditions.

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The inside of a mini-washer.

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P&G measures everything.

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These rooms simulate various conditions in which detergent might be stored around the world.

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Special edition of Swiffer to commemorate, I think, the 100 millionth sold.

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Flexible office space.

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The building on the right side is the P&G corporate headquarters.

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Lobby of the headquarters.

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P&G product family.

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They like Apple there.

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Hanging with Edward Rider, the corporate archivist.

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That’s William Procter and James Gamble. They knew each other because they married sisters: Olivia and Elizabeth Norris. The company started on October 31, 1837.

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This was their idea of a cute baby advertisement!

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I like Cincinnati so much that I bought this pair of Bengals pants for my son. My thanks to Marilyn Teal, Nick Geary, Dave Cohen, and Mike Dipaola for making this trip so enchanting.  

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