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This interview is one of a series conducted with former employees of the Huntington Owens-Illinois, Inc. glass bottle factory. Mr. Surbaugh, born September 20, 1912, worked at the Owens Plant from 1931 to 1977. He had a number of different jobs over the years and retired as a supervisor in the Selecting Department. Mr. Surbaugh discusses the details of the jobs he performed at Owens, the management-worker relations, union activities and strikes, mechanization, and downsizing which occurred over the years. In addition, Mr. Surbaugh discusses sports activities and socializing among the workers as well as gender and race issues at the plant.
Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-502.
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Marshall University Special Collections, OH64-502, Huntington, WV.