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Jircik, Clayton

Jircik, Clayton

Jircik, Clayton

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014

Interview 271a: In this interview with Jonathan Gerland, longtime Lufkin Industries engineer Clayton Jircik reminisces about his career in the foundry, discussing the equipment they used, the processes and equipment he designed, and the people he met and worked with at Lufkin Industries.  He talks about the cupola, the blast furnace, mold making, and the casting process.  He also mentions the Trout family, changes in processes, the influence of the EPA and OSHA, and the organization of the foundry employees.  Employees he mentions include: Arnold Tompkins, John Elijah, Houston Davidson, Carl Ross, Robert Lang, Al Cudlipp, Earnest Lord, Sam Kerr, Seymour Curtis, Rod Pitman, Bob Beddingfield, Bobo Hayes, Bayo Hopper, and Scott Semlinger.