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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. William Hunt, born February 13, 1930, began working in the shipping department at the Owens plant in 1956. He soon began an apprenticeship in the mold shop which led to a thirty-five year career as a mold maker. In this interview, Mr. Hunt discusses the details of his work, union activities and strikes, automation and the displacement of workers, job segregation for women and blacks, injuries and deaths which occurred at the plant, and the asbestosis health problem. Futhermore, Mr. Hunt talks about the changes in ownership and management and the many cutbacks that accompanied those changes. In addition, he talks about the low moral and difficult relations that came in his latter years at the factory as compared to the early years when the plant had a family-like atmosphere.
Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-508.
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Marshall University Special Collections, OH64-508, Huntington, WV.