Keeping the temper down

At the loading dock of a windowless industrial building on a side street in Mebane waits a 40-foot Evergreen shipping container. “Russia, or maybe China,” Kevin Damewood speculates as he approaches, unsure of its destination. Inside the building, those soon to be stuffed into the container are tortured to see how much abuse they can stand before breaking down. Machines inflict the pain. “Hey, Tony,” Damewood yells to a technician, “can you operate this thing?”