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Interview with Frank Moore, 2009 October 20
After discussing his Wilmington childhood, his brief military service, and his education, Frank Moore describes his first projects as a power engineer with the DuPont Engineering Service Division. In addition to giving project details, he mentions some of his and his coworkers recreational activities at the various plants he worked at. He then discusses the philosophy behind the ESD Gulf Coast regional office in Texas, which he managed for five years and which provides engineering consulting services for regional DuPont and other industrial facilities. Moore then describes his return to Wilmington in 1969 and the changes he implemented as departmental engineer, such as centralizing small project activity and holding annual meetings with all plant engineering superintendents where the superintendents could collaborate and discuss solutions to mutual problems. He and Plasky also discuss plant power design changes in the Textile Fibers Department. Toward the end of the interview, Moore reflects on his personal management style and DuPont's changing relationship with external engineering and construction vendors, particularly relating to Moore's work for the Fluor Daniel firm.
Moore, Frank, 1927-
Plasky, Joseph G.
Frank Moore (b. 1927, Wilmington, Delaware) spent much of his career with DuPont in engineering management. Qualifying for disabled veteran assistance under Public Law 16 allowed him to attend the University of Delaware and Virginia Tech for mechanical engineering, with a focus on power engineering. He joined DuPont as an engineer in the Engineering Service Division (ESD) in the early 1950s and worked on various engineering projects at the Kinston, Edgemoor, and Martinsville plants. He was later transferred to Beaumont, Texas to manage the newly-formed ESD Gulf Coast regional office. In 1969, he returned to Wilmington as the manager for the ESD power group and eventually became departmental engineer in 1979. As departmental engineer, he implemented a series of changes to foster collaboration between production managers and plant engineers. After formally retiring from DuPont as the company was moving toward outside contractors for engineering and construction projects, Moore joined Fluor Daniel where he served as the primary facilitator for contracts with DuPont. He retired from Fluor Daniel in 2002.
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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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