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Interview with Frank Reickert, 2008 March 06
Frank Reickert briefly mentions his early life in Poughkeepsie and his college education before delving into his first position with DuPont as a design engineer at Seaford, mentioning several early projects. He then discusses the various positions he held in the maintenance department. Among other projects, Reickert describes a special assignment in which he developed a plan to shift from a system of single-skill mechanics to general mechanics and the way in which he convinced the union rep of the plan's efficacy. He also mentions the safety audit procedures in place at Seaford and has commentary on the levels of management he observed, which he thought was excessive yet appropriate for the time period of booming business. He then speaks of the 8 years he spent in Jack Sigmund's Wilmington office, primarily as a facilitator and coordinator for various projects and committees. About this period, Reickert goes into detail about the wind-up committee he oversaw, which consisted of maintenance personnel from all the plants that had wind-ups and had members from other departments as well. The committee was formed to exchange information in order to improve the maintenance, operability, and performance of high-speed wind-ups. He also mentions a project on surface coatings he facilitated with the engineering department, which sought to reduce wear and improve product quality. He also details the paperwork involved in producing construction forecasts and his push to computerize them. Near the end of his interview, Reickert discusses his work in the General Services Department, highlighting a project to redesign and renovate the executive offices of Conoco after that company's purchase by DuPont. He also briefly discusses his post-retirement consulting work, remarking on the amazement of companies at how much money they could save by enforcing safety regulations in the workplace. Throughout the interview, Reickert names other individuals who worked with him.
Plasky, Joseph G.
Frank Reickert (b. Poughkeepsie, New York) spent 30 years with the DuPont Co., 22 of which in the Textile Fibers Department in both Seaford and Wilmington. He joined the Seaford Nylon plant as a design engineer after completing a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont in 1960. From design, he transferred to maintenance, where he held several positions. He joined the Jack Sigmund's office staff for the textile group in Wilmington in 1974, where he oversaw construction forecasts, projects with the engineering department, and an interdepartmental wind-up committee. He transferred to General Services in 1982, where he had responsibility for the design section and the construction group. Reickert retired in 1990 but continued as a consultant for DuPont on industrial safety for nine years.
Synthetic fibers industry--EmployeesSynthetic fibers industryNylonPersonnel managementTextile machinery--Maintenance and repairMechanics (Persons)--Training ofIndustrial safetySafety education, IndustrialIndustrial safety--ManagementPaperwork (Office practice)--ManagementSurfaces (Technology)
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company
1 WAV file. (01:46:56:00)
Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library
Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department (Accession 2010.215)
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department (Accession 2010.215), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
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