National Association of Manufacturers (U.S.) (originator), McGinty, Joseph (depicted), Braudt, Allan (depicted), Brown, Murray, 1929- (depicted), O'Connor, Robert B. (depicted), Patenge, Walter F. (depicted), The Summit Hotel (New York, N.Y.) (event place)
Trumbo, Benjamin (interviewee), Hargreaves, Gregory (interviewer)
This interview took place in the taproom of Pale Fire Brewing Company in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Trumbo offers perspective on the work and professional life of brewers, and how the beer industry looks from the brewer's point of view.
Bolton, Bill, 1939- (interviewee), Plasky, Joseph G. (interviewer)
Bolton's interview details his early years at DuPont and how the company helped him adjust to his move. At one point he felt like he was not progressing in his career and he left DuPont to work as a maintenance supervisor in North Carolina for another company for a few months, returning to DuPont after running into an old coworker. His interview discusses thoroughly DuPont's safety procedures and philosophy, the rise of importance of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), blending business and engineering, and his work travels. In response to two electrical safety fatalities, Bolton and his group revamped safety practices and commissioned Walt Disney to create an electrical safety video. Bolton discusses his responsibilities during a transitional period of 1986-1990 when departments were combined and consolidated. He also addresses lessons learned growing and exiting businesses, the challenges of cost cutting in a bureaucracy, and the satisfaction of building efficient standardized plants.
Reickert, Frank (interviewee), Plasky, Joseph G. (interviewer)
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.
Strict limits on the number of workers permitted in each building are enforced in the interests of safety at explosives plant of the DuPont Company. Wooden buttressing shown is likewise installed for added safety.
Pamphlet outlining DuPont Co.'s philosophy on safety. Includes short articles on safety and injury statistics, protective clothing, safety equipment, public safety efforts, safety in construction industry, and industrial research on safety.
Display of the many different safety signs used at a single DuPont plant is a striking symbol of the company's prime concern for the safety of its employees. Signs are but one phase of a comprehensive company-wide program in which employees are instructed in safe practices, equipped with protective devices of all types and taught to think and act safely at all times. Accident prevention has become so much a part of the company's operations that a DuPont employee is ten times more likely to be injured off the job as on; even when handling high explosives or dangerous chemicals, he is safer at work than at home.
Holsten, Barry (interviewee), Hargreaves, Gregory (interviewer)
This interview began in the employee break room, and shortly moved to the conference room of Flying Fish Brewing Company in Somerdale, New Jersey. Holsten offers perspective on the brewer's profession from a variety of positions within the industry.