- Goldmine: Root
- Oral History Collections
- Levine Museum of the New South
- Charlotte Pipe and Foundry
- Wilma Conder oral history interview, 1993 September 22
Wilma Conder oral history interview, 1993 September 22
In her interview, Wilma Conder recounts her twenty-five years at the Charlotte Pipe and Foundry plastics plant. Mrs. Conder discusses her job as an operator of a large molding machine, noting her pioneering efforts in this position as few women dared to work in the dangerous industrial side of the business. Explaining that she was always willing to accept a challenge, Mrs. Conder worked her way up in the company and advanced from molding machine operator to head of the shipping department. She discusses how the company's rapid growth, along with technological advances in automated machinery, affected the employees and the nature of the company's business over the years. In addition to recounting the company's expansion and development, Mrs. Conder explains that Charlotte Pipe provided support for the employees in their efforts to learn new skills. Specifically, she describes how the company's patience and understanding fostered a team-like atmosphere in which employees worked collaboratively to ensure completion of projects.