Perhaps one of the best indicators of inspiration is when you can wake up on time every morning not because of an alarm clock, but from pure enthusiasm and drive behind one’s job. 

That’s the case for Tom Ye, who is the Huangpu Plant manager in Guangzhou, China. “My plant wakes me up,” he says. “I really want to get back to the plant and work with my team.”

Huangpu has been manufacturing hair care, skin care, oral care and feminine care products since it opened 30 years ago as P&G’s very first plant in China. But 30-year old manufacturing operations have no place in an always-on, digital, direct-to-consumer 21st century commerce landscape. So Ye set about developing a strategy to modernize manufacturing and bringing all functions in-house between product creation and consumer.

Learn more about how he did it in this month’s Signal Entrepreneur: