Administrative Offices

administration office

Functions

  • Processing order and preparing invoices
  • Conducting marketing and sales
  • Managing human resources

Description

The administrative offices associated with a garment manufacturing facility are typically proportional to the size of the manufacturing operation (i.e. larger factories require more administrative support). Administrative staff manages corporate description such as human resources, finance and accounting, billing, health and safety, and environmental compliance. Offices are equipped with basic technologies and amenities, such as computers, facsimile machines, printers, filing equipment, desk space, and meeting rooms. In some instances, retail customers may also maintain on-site administrative space for quality assurance personnel.

Steam Generation

steam generation

Functions

  • Onsite boilers centrally generate steam to support ironing operations.

Description

All garment factories had an on-site boiler to centrally generate steam for garment ironing. In most facilities, the ironing boards are attached to a ventilation system that captures the heat emitted from the iron and exhausts it to the outside environment. The quantity and size of boilers located on-site is proportional to the manufacturing operation.

Power Generation

power generation

Functions

  • On-site diesel generators provide back-up power, as needed.

Description

Garment factories also maintain and operate on-site diesel-fueled generators as a source of backup power. The generators are primarily used when (1) island demand for Commonwealth Utility Corporation (CUC) electricity service exceeds capacity or (2) a typhoon temporarily causes a power outage.

Food Preparation

food preparation

Functions

  • Meals are prepared on-site for employees.
  • Kitchens are equipped to meet basic food storage, preparation, and cleaning needs.

Description

Most garment factories had an on-site kitchen to prepare meals for employees. Kitchens are typically equipped with refrigerators and freezers, a food preparation area, ovens, propane-fueled stoves, and several large sinks. Meals are served in cafeteria-style manner during set dining hours. Limited food preparation may also occur in the shared kitchen areas in dormitories.

Employee Housing

employee housing

Functions

  • On-site dormitory-style housing is often available to employees at larger garment factories.
  • Rooms are most often designed with shared bathrooms and kitchen areas.

Description

Several garment manufacturers offer on-site housing for employees. Typically resembling dormitories or military barracks, employees may share a room with up to 5 other employees (determined by the square footage of the room). Housing facilities often have shared kitchen and bathroom areas, though most often a sink is located in each worker room. However, rooms with a private bathroom may be available for management employees.