- Goldmine: Root
- Oral History Collections
- Levine Museum of the New South
- Charlotte Pipe and Foundry
- Earl Raborn oral history interview, 1993 October 21
Earl Raborn oral history interview, 1993 October 21
In this interview, Earl Raborn recounts his forty-five year career in the personnel department of Charlotte Pipe and Foundry. He discusses his role as personnel director and the developments that occurred during his leadership in the personnel department. Mr. Raborn describes how the personnel department’s policies evolved over time, from the company's use of simple and unsophisticated procedures in the 1940s, to his efforts in assisting with the development of more stringent company personnel policies required under government regulations in the 1990s. He also discusses the efforts of the company's plastics and cast iron operations to maintain a much cleaner work environment, stating that Charlotte Pipe has attempted to redress many of the environmental concerns of the company, and giving details about their efforts to comply with the federal and local environmental regulations. Lastly, Mr. Raborn discusses the evolving culture of the workforce and he emphasizes the changes in employee camaraderie and workplace social interaction.