The job list from the Rayon years
looks extremely different from the list of today. These were the
years where employees were paid on site and didn't have checks magically
appear in their checking accounts over night. These were the years
that DuPont was concerned about what was fed to employees in the
cafeterias. These were the years that called for a DuPont
employee to be sent to your house to change a light bulb. As
nostalgic as these jobs may sound, the job list of today would probably
cause just as much wonderment to our predecessors from the Rayon
The following is a list of a few of these jobs that were a part of the Rayon plant that are fairly extinct today due to the changes in how we live our lives.
|A familiar scene is Harry Branum, Jr., working with his flowers. Also a familiar scene is Harry's daily presentation of bouquets to the lucky people who work closest to the plant lawn. No small morale builder are these bouquets of brilliantly hued roses, or the showy many-colored Zinnia, or a mixture of Marigold and Blue Ageratum. Harry Branum, Jr., full-time gardener, is supervised by F.E. Smith, Jr. Harry's service dates back to 1932, and he makes his home in Edenwald, Tennessee. - Rayon 1946|
Although you cannot tell much about this photo since it is in black and white, this is a massive and probably very colorful display of Red Salvia and Periwinkle flowers that use to grace the front of Rayon. If you can imagine, this particular flowerbed was somewhere in the vicinity of where the Medical/Reemay® entrance is today. This flowerbed was one of the few that Branum was responsible for in his duties as a plant gardener.
|You would not ordinarily connect the occupation of butcher with the manufacture of rayon, but this is one of the many and varied jobs that go to make up our organization. Hudson Cantrell is the plant butcher. He handles the handling and preparation of meat for the plant cafeterias. An average of about 400 pounds of meat a day, raw weight, is used on the plant. One of our returned veterans, Hudson served in the Army for nearly five years. He became a platoon sergeant with a truck outfit and was in the Philippines campaign and later in Japan. He has married since discharge, lives at Goodlettsville. Hudson learned to be a butcher since returning to work in February of last year. Cafeteria menus are carefully worked out to provide a balanced diet and meat is the main source of protein, the body-builder, besides furnishing vitamins, minerals and energy fuel. Doctors tell us the ideal diet for the average individual includes at least one serving of meat every day. - Rayon - 1948|
The following jobs are
from the early 1950s. The Rayon Record ran a series of articles in
each edition called "This is My Job". Here are a few of
N. (Robbie) Robertson repairs a pair of safety glasses as part of his
job with the plant’s Safety Department.
In addition to making repairs and adjustments on eye protective
equipment, “Robbie” also is the plant’s movie projectionist,
showing safety films. He
takes care of bulletin boards throughout the plant displaying safety and
other posters. He
also operates the Embossograph machine that turns out embossed signs,
produces signs from silk screens, laminates plant passes and installs
materials displayed in show cases in Cafeteria and in front of plant.
Being a member of the Safety Department, “Robbie” makes
regular inspections of gas masks and stretchers.
“Robbie” was first employed on the plant in
1939 and entered the army in June, 1942.
Upon receiving a medical discharge in October, 1944, he returned
to his job in December of that year.
“Robbie” was the first wounded veteran of World
War II to return to work on the plant and received the Purple Heart and
Oak Leaf Cluster because of these wounds.
The Robertson family, consisting of “Robbie,” his wife and two small daughters, make their home in Mt. Juliet.
Crowder weighs a bale of waste rayon, as part of his job of Waste
Inspection Leader. Besides
this operation, Comer keeps an inventory of stock on hand and under his
leadership, the women of the department inspect the rayon while the men
do the drying and packing.
Comer has been in this department for the past 18 years, having worked in Shipping for 2 ½ years and in Spinning for 2 ½ years. His adjusted service date is November 17, 1928.
B. (Bob) Gilbert repairs a gasoline-driven Fork Lift as part of his job
of Garage Mechanic. In
addition to repairing gasoline Fork Lifts, “Bob” makes repairs on
all mobile equipment used in Plant Service such as Dempster Dumpster
trucks, gasoline-driven Wheelbarrows, Tractors, Fire Equipment and Power
Mowers used on Golf Club fairways.
Having an adjusted service date of August 7, 1933, “Bob” has been in Plant Service for the past eighteen years, fifteen of which have been spent as Garage Mechanic. Prior to his employment in Plant Services, “Bob” spent three years in Spinning Areas.
Jean George and Wilma Blanton are shown checking
card records as part of their job as Employment Record clerks.
Their job consists of keeping employment information on all
hourly roll employees from the date of employment Records are kept on
changes of job status, rates of pay, payroll numbers, periods of
disability, vacations and information pertaining to employee insurance
beneficiaries, seniority, etc.
Jean has been a Records Clerk for the past two
years, having previously worked as Employment Sign-Up Clerk for four
years. She also worked in
Production control Section for about nine months.
Wilma has been in Employment for the past four years, having transferred from Time Office where she was a clerk for eight years. Prior to that time, she was in the Inspection Area for five years.
Couch is the Plant’s Lock, Key and Scale Mechanic.
His job consists of keeping all scales and locks on the plant in
good working order. In
addition to approximately 85 pairs of scales to keep in repairs and
adjustments, Perry also has about 20 pairs of balancers to look after.
When a padlock key is needed, Perry makes a new one
from either a sample or from the knowledge of working tumblers of the
lock. He is also required
to repair and rebuild locks of all kinds and keep them in working
Perry has been on the job for the past five years, having been with the Millwright Group since 1925.
W. Basford, Village Service Maintenance Shops, is shown operating a
Jointer Machine as part of his job of Crescent Universal Woodworking
Machine Operator. Besides
this jointer, the machine is equipped with a Rip Saw, Band Saw, Shaper
and Mortising Machine. Tom
is one of the three employees that is authorized to operate this
Tom has been with the Village Maintenance Group since December, 1948, having been employed at the time as an outside Carpenter. He was transferred to his present job 2 ½ years ago.
F. Jackson is shown starting work on one of the numerous permanent signs
that is used on the plant, as part of his job of Maintenance Sign
Painter. In addition to
painting all permanent signs, “Jack” refinishes office desks and
other furniture and does other routine jobs such as stripping floors in
Having been employed as a cake wrapper in 1929, “Jack” worked in the Spinning areas until October, 1936, when he was transferred to Maintenance as a Painter. He was assigned to his present Sign Painting job in August, 1946. His adjusted service date is June 29, 1921.
out the plant wash is not just a Monday morning proposition with
Clifford Ammons of Plant 2 Laundry. Monday through Friday of each week finds Clifford and the
other laundry operators engaged in their job of operating the washing
machines that cleans knit wraps, filter clothes and other plant laundry.
Clifford has been on his present job for 14 years. He had previous service in 2-A Wash and Bleach Laboratory, where he helped mix F Finish solution. He also worked for a while in the Spinning area and in the Wash Court as a wringer operator. He came to work for the company in January of 1927.
Lankford is pictured standing beside the machine she operates as the
Medical Department’s X-Ray Technician.
Eva makes all X-Rays used by the plant Medical Department for use
in diagnosing and treating the ailments of employees.
Eva was first employed in Plant 2A Reeling Room as an operator in 1933, and transferred to the Medical Department 11 years ago. She has been on her present job for the past five years.
above is Omel Allen delivering a load of essential material as part of
his job of Yard Lift Operator. With this gasoline-driven lift, Omel handles many loads of
heavy essential material such as alum, soda, ash, bicarbonate of soda,
zinc sulphate and many other materials of like nature.
Omel has been operating this and the
electrically-operated type lifts for the past eight years and in
addition to material mentioned above, he unloads wood pulp, using the
electric lift for this purpose.
Watts has a job that is important to every employee.
Paymaster and Assistant Cashier.
It is his responsibility to see that everyone receives their pay
check at the right time and at the right place.
All employees’ checks are received in the
Cashier’s Office and dated, signed and distributed.
That office also has the responsibility of getting disability
checks to employees out
sick. All cash from
miscellaneous sales, etc., is also received there.
Charlie has been a Du Ponter for 24 years. His first job was Plant 1 Spinning. He quit there to return to school and was later rehired in the Time Office. He has been on his present job since…….. with the exception of about two years during World War II, when he worked in the Maintenance Office doing machine and shop scheduling.
John H. Emerson is a Spinnerette Repair Operator in Plant 1 Spinnerette Room. John’s job is to inspect and do the necessary repairs to spinnerettes after their use on spinning machines. Sometimes the small holes in the spinnerette become stopped up with viscose, and must be reamed out.
The job is done with a small reamer under a microscope.
With the exception of a short time spent in the Wash and Bleach, John has been in his present job for the past 25 ½ years. His adjusted service date is April 19,1925.