Oral history : a conversation with Paul Topichak, 2014 September 16 [videorecording] / The Corning Museum of Glass.

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Oral history : a conversation with Paul Topichak, 2014 September 16 [videorecording] / The Corning Museum of Glass.

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Topichak, Paul interviewee.
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1 videodisc (77 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Other Authors: 
Brumagen, Regan, interviewer.
Elliott, Kelley Jo, interviewer.
Corning Museum of Glass.
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Video
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141391
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Oral history: a conversation with Paul Topichak
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DVD
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Shelving title: Oral history with Paul Topichak (2014)
Disc title: Oral history: a conversation with Paul Topichak
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Ryan Denissoff, videographer.
Interviewed by Regan Brumagen and Kelley Elliott, at The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, September 16, 2014. Portion of interview conducted by Kelley Elliott is more specific to Pyrex ware and begins at 1:10.
"I worked at Corning Glass Works Main Plant (A-factory), in Parkersburg, WV and Charleroi, Pa. Both Main Plant and Parkersburg had borosilicate Pyrex melting units. Main Plant was primarily commercial ware (coffee pots, baby bottles, baby food jars, etc.) via pressing operations. Parkersburg was Scientific glassware and labware (pipettes, culture tubes, and tubing for ampoules, vials, distillation systems, etc.) via tube drawing and finishing operations. Charleroi melted soda-lime glass, but it was air-tempered to provide the borosilicate-like strength. Charleroi made consumer ware via pressing operations (pie plates, utility dishes, etc.). Corning went to tempered soda-lime versus borosilicate Pyrex following the closures of both Main Plant and Greenville, Ohio, which also made sealed beam headlamp lenses out of borosilicate glass. I worked in manufacturing my entire career with Corning (33 years) and am familiar with glass melting, forming and finishing operations. I also worked in Danville, KY which was a lead and soda-lime tubing and Ribbon Machine plant for lighting products. I also worked in Wellsboro, PA which was a soda-lime Lighting Products Ribbon Machine plant and at the Erwin Materials Plant where we made leaded TV frit, Quartz Crucibles and glass substrates for the semi-conductor industry, and the boron frit for the Space Shuttle tiles"--Paul Topichak.
Also available as a streaming video file on CMOG YouTube Channel.
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Interviewed by Regan Brumagen and Kelley Elliott, at The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, September 16, 2014. Portion of interview conducted by Kelley Elliott is more specific to Pyrex ware and begins at 1:10.