Interview with Frank S. MacGregor, 1961 August 8 [audio]

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  • Correcting transcript from previous interview
    Partial Transcript: "We always talk about artificial silk..."
    Synopsis: MacGregor looks over and corrects the transcript and summary of his previous interview. He makes many small changes like making references about "artificial silks" into "artificial silk."
    Keywords: Corrections; E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company; Interviews; Summaries; Transcripts
  • DuPont and constant production; Making more corrections to a transcript from a previous interview
    Partial Transcript: "The one this company started with was sulfuric acid, that had to be continuous in operation..."
    Synopsis: MacGregor says that DuPont got into constant production of materials due to a combination of economic and chemical needs. He says that turning off sulfuric acid production cost more than keeping it running at all times. He continues to make corrections and changes to a transcript from a previous interview. He talks about some of his interactions with members of the du Pont family.
    Keywords: Constant Production; Copeland, Lammot du Pont, 1905-1983; Du Pont, Pierre S. (Pierre Samuel), 1870-1954; Du Pont, T. Coleman (Thomas Coleman), 1863-1930; Rayon; Sulfuric acid
  • DuPont's paint business; Acid plant in South America; Training employees to work in a textile plant; Opening a plant in Argentina
    Partial Transcript: "They were agents on their own in other words, they were not part of the corporation or employees at all..."
    Synopsis: MacGregor talks about sales agents for DuPont's paint business. He says that the paint agents were not integrated into DuPont at first. He talks about DuPont's acid plant in South America. He clarifies that DuPont did not build the plant, but bought it. He talks about DuPont's labor relations and notes that while DuPont was one of the first companies in the United States to offer pension plans, they did not initially do the same when they set up a plant in Argentina. He recalls having to give a speech in Spanish and making some mistakes. He explains why and how DuPont chose the location of their factory outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    Keywords: Argentina; Buenos Aires (Argentina); E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company; Employees; Labor; Paint; Pensions; Rayon; Sherwin-Williams Company; South America; Spanish language; Training; Welfare
  • Other work at DuPont; Department organization at DuPont; Comparing and contrasting work at DuPont during the World Wars
    Partial Transcript: "It was to decide, when there was a limited supply of something available, to decide which department would get how much..." "World War II war work was much easier than getting into World War I, because we had already gone through that before..."
    Synopsis: MacGregor talks about his work during World War II, which included allotting limited materials to DuPont's various departments and evaluating DuPont's pension plan. He talks about DuPont's structures and departments. He talks about the importance of accurately naming and renaming departments based on what they did. He compares work during the World Wars and says that during World War II the government shared some financial risk with DuPont, when they had not in World War I.
    Keywords: Materials; Organization; Pensions; Supplies; World War (1914-1918); World War (1939-1945)
  • Diversification at DuPont
    Partial Transcript: "Well, I would say as far as carrying out the policy of the company to diversify made it much easier... you had available men who had experience..."
    Synopsis: MacGregor talks about DuPont's ability to diversify and adapt to challenges in business. He talks about DuPont's willingness to train from within. He discusses the lives of his family and friends. MacGregor and the interviewer discuss his final transcript and formatting.
    Keywords: Diversification; E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company; Interviews; Management; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Training; Transcripts