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Interview with Bob Forney, 2008 September 24
Forney's interview chronicles the development of a continuous polymerization process for polyester fibers, including the use of the two-step pre-polymerization process, for the prototype at Seaford and the implementation at Kinston, where he moved to supervise the project. Forney also discusses his experience concerning the development of EFT and his work at Old Hickory as assistant plant manager. He also discusses the modernization of Nylon spinners in Wilmington.
Forney, Bob, 1927-
Plasky, Joseph G.
After completing a PhD in chemical engineering in 1950, Bob Forney (b. 1927, Chicago, Illinois) decided to work for DuPont Co. because he was interested in fiber developments, beginning in the Carothers Research Laboratory at the Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware working on Rayon production processes. He later moved from process to research, working on the development of ETF. He was the assistant plant manager at Old Hickory beginning in 1959, supervising the retraining of Rayon employees to work with Dacron, including beginning a night school to help workers learn to read and write. He eventually moved to marketing in the 1960s.
Synthetic fibers industry--EmployeesChemical engineersRayonResearch, IndustrialChemical engineering--ResearchSynthetic fibers industry
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & CompanyE.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Carothers Research Laboratory
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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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