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Interview with Gerald "Gerry" Faigle, 2016 June 2
In his interview, Gerald Faigle describes his experience in personnel management and his impressions on plant management over the course of his career with DuPont Co. Addressing his time at the Seaford, Delaware plant early in his career, Faigle details the work environment, plant management, and employee attitudes. He also discusses the Industrial Engineering function at Seaford and its role in the plant operations in the early 1960s. Faigle then describes the personnel and various incidents in the spinning area at the Martinsville, Virginia plant. <br>Speaking of his time as Planning and Control Superintendent and later Staple Superintendent at the Wilmington, North Carolina plant, Faigle describes the pressure to increase production and improve quality as well as personnel attitudes toward and efforts made to achieve these goals. Concerning the Old Hickory plant, Faigle comments on an anticipated strike and the efforts the plant management undertook to prevent it. He also remarks on the challenges he faced as plant manager at the Richmond, Virginia plant. Faigle also describes his time with the Chemicals and Pigments Department, commenting on the internal discussion surrounding Freon as a product. He finally remarks on his work in the Safety Group and his post-retirement safety consulting.
Plasky, Joseph G.
Gerald Faigle spent much of his career with DuPont Co. in various management roles and served at many Textile Fibers plants. He began at the Seaford, Delaware plant, where he moved through the manufacturing assignments in the N-16 (coupled spinning) area before his transfer to the Martinsville, Virginia plant as an area supervisor. He later was transferred to Wilmington, Delaware, where he was a Staff Assistant to Bob Kasey, production manager. In 1973, Faigle was promoted and transferred to Wilmington, North Carolina as Planning and Control Superintendent and later Staple Superintendent. He later became Assistant Plant Manager at the Old Hickory, Tennessee plant and then Plant Manager at the Richmond, Virginia plant.Faigle left the Richmond plant to go to the Chemicals and Pigments Department. His next assignment was in Films in production, and eventually he joined the Safety Group. Faigle retired in 1994 but continued working as a safety consultant for a number of years.
Synthetic fibers industry--EmployeesSynthetic fibers industryPersonnel managementIndustrial relationsLabor unionsIndustrial safety--Management
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company
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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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