Hartzog, James V., 1937- (interviewee), Plasky, Joseph G. (interviewer)
Hartzog details his work on silicone and slickner processes in the late 1960's and 1970's, his development of a crimp tailgate which solved problems and improved the type 106 staple, and his work on Fiberfil and antimicrobial technologies.
Kennedy, Barham Foster, 1929- (interviewee), Plasky, Joseph G. (interviewer)
Kennedy's interview details his working career, including working with the nylon polymerization process and working on the team that installed the first computer at the DuPont plant at Martinsville in 1958, and his promotion to managing the explosives department in 1976 as the result of the July 4 explosion. He also helped with the first carpet fiber at the Seaford plant, where he was the process supervisor. He then was promoted to production assistant for nylon in Wilmington in 1963 to assistant plant manager in Martinsville in 1968, and to manager of the Kinston plant in 1970. In his interview, Bannie underscores the importance of people in the corporate culture of DuPont as well as discipline in his personal management style.
Moore, Frank, 1927- (interviewee), Plasky, Joseph G. (interviewer)
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.
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.
Livingston, Richard Donnan, 1921-2010 (interviewee), Plasky, Joseph G. (interviewer)
Dick Livingston begins his interview by discussing his early childhood, education, and his father's career with the DuPont Co. as an explosives expert. He then details his college education at Dartmouth and his military service in an Aircraft Repair Unit (ARU) in the South Pacific during World War II, mentioning his return trip in which he was allowed to set up a cot in the wheelhouse of a Liberty ship. He then describes his work at the DuPont Buffalo Rayon plant, going into detail about the aging machinery in the facility and his work replacing lead-covered materials with more modern corrosion-resistant materials.
Livingston remarks on his shift from supervisor to engineering associate at the Seaford Nylon plant, a newly created position which he describes as a sideways career move. He discusses a major project he worked on in this position during the 1970s to monitor and predict chemical changes in the nylon production process, in part by employing pioneering computer simulation software to calculate flows, temperature changes, degrees of polymerization, and other variables. The project resulted in a significant reference manual, and Livingston mentions being honored for his work when DuPont Co. named a room for him at its Singapore facilities. He finally spends some time speaking of his post-retirement role as a consultant for the company.
Mills, J. Thomas (interviewee), Plasky, Joseph G. (interviewer)
In his interview, J. Thomas "Tom" Mills explains to Plasky how marketing works at DuPont in order to sell fibers and how he and his team impacted the nylon industry.
Mills covers some of his life before he started working for DuPont in 1960. He then talks about what it is like selling to costumers around the United States and the types of costumers he would sell cordage to. He talks about tech marketing and the organizations he worked with and how they would interact with one another. He talks about the introduction of nylon tying material over conventional twine. He then talks about his accomplishments while working in textile marketing, like putting the well-known name of Cordura on an unknown product at the time known as nylon. He then talks about working in fiberfill and going to trade shows to demonstrate and sell products. Then he discusses the bonding of batting for bedding from converter companies and how he created the "special finishes" on the fiber so it would retain its fluff when washed and dried.
Mills then discusses marketing more, explaining the differences between direct marketing and in-use marketing. He goes on to talk about the nylon enterprise and what nylon was used to create: women’s hosiery, men's socks, upholstery, specialty sheets, and intimate apparel. He talks about marketing in hosiery and how that made a big profit in DuPont. He talks about the Type 90 machine and yarn and how Cordura and Tazlan were under those names. He then talks about what happened to DuPont after he retired, including the introduction to Invista, and talks about what other coworkers did after Mills left. He then discusses his retirement more and the effect of computerization in marketing, adding on what is done in production shows and the process of flocked fabric. He then talks about how the New York Sale office operated, and the evolution of DuPont including outside influences affecting production. He then closes the interview with Plasky with some of his best memories of his time with DuPont.