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The Hagley Digital Archives provides online access to selected items from the Hagley Library's collection of images, documents, and publications related to the history of business, technology, and society.
Interview with Alvin L. "Al" Acker, Jr., 2008 July 24
Acker's interview provides a perspective on plant engineering during the 1950s through the 1980s with a focus on Nylon fiber plants in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Camden, South Carolina; Waynesboro, Virginia; and corporate Wilmington, Delaware. The interview includes details on plant construction, manufacturing processes and organizational changes, such as the move from plant based to regional and centralized engineering services over time. Also discussed are trends in unionization and cost reduction by moving from craft oriented to multiskilled labor.
Acker, Alvin L., Jr., 1925-
Plasky, Joseph G.
Alvin Acker (b. 1925) graduated in 1950 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and began working for DuPont in Chattanooga in September 1950 as a Student Operator in Textiles. This position entailed stringing the draw twist machines. He held positions as Engineering Shift Supervisor, Design Engineer, and Departmental Engineer. Acker retired in 1985.
Synthetic fibers industry--EmployeesSynthetic fibers industryManufacturing processesMechanical engineeringLabor unionsFactories--Design and construction
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company
1 WAV file. (01:50:30:00)
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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