Interview with Thomas Hoopes, 1969 July 23 [audio](part 2)

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  • Ventilation system at Hoopes Brothers & Darlington, Inc.; Safety inspections; Helping employees buy houses; Social activities among the workers at; Employees at Hoopes Brothers & Darlington, Inc.; Getting rubber for wagon wheels; Deciding not to get into the tire business; Management at Hoopes Brothers & Darlington, Inc.; Company history
    Partial Transcript: "We used to... this building for housing we leased it for offices for a couple years..."
    Synopsis: Hoopes talks about safety and inspections in his shop. He says that the company helped employees buy housing, but never owned company housing. He talks about how the employees got food and drinks onto the factory floor. He talks about social activities among the workers. Hoopes describes his typical employees following World War I, he says that they were mostly white, non-immigrants and African Americans. He talks about sourcing his rubber for use in wagon wheels. He says that after Firestone stopped producing the wheels, they acquired their dies which they allow contractors and other companies to use. He says the rubber is extruded and describes the machinery as similar to a sausage machine. He says that they never started making tires because that required a different set of skills and they lacked they would have struggled to be competitive. He describes how he manages the shop working with his secretary, Miss Smith. Hoopes gives a brief overview of his company's history.
    Keywords: African Americans; Firestone Tire and Rubber Company; Hiring; Hoopes Brothers & Darlington, Inc; Hoopes Brothers & Darlington, Inc.; Housing; Management; Real estate; Safety; Tires; Ventilation; Work