Sound recording digitized from an audiocassette of an interview with Jack McLendon by Hugh L. Gordon. McLendon attended the Georgia Institute of Technology before being drafted in 1944 into the U.S. military. On his return, he enrolled in the Southern Technical Institute and received a degree in Chemical Engineering. After working for International Harvester as a field service engineer in their truck division, McLendon joined Lockheed-Marietta in May 1951. He worked as a tool planner initially, retiring as the division manager of manufacturing engineering. McLendon discusses his experiences during the integration of the workplace at Lockheed, including employee reactions to the introduction of African American workers to the production line, early African American employees, including both men and women, who reached salaried positions, and the change in facilities from segregated to open. He also explains the role of planning within the Lockheed Marietta facility and the integration of the Lockheed Management Club.; Jack McLendon was born and grew up in Ashburn, Georgia. After graduating from high school, he attended the Georgia Institute of Technology until he was drafted to serve in the military during World War II. On his return after the war, Mr. McLendon attended the Southern Technical Institute (later Southern Polytechnic State University) and graduated with a degree in chemical engineering. He went to work for a year as a field service engineer for the truck division of International Harvester. In May 1951, McLendon accepted the position of tool planning trainee at Lockheed-Georgia. He retired from Lockheed as the division manager for manufacturing engineering.
Interview with Jack McLendon, 2002-11-02, Hugh L. Gordon Papers, 1951-2009, Gordon, Kruse, Wentzel Collection, 1951-2010, SC/G/002, Kennesaw State University Archives
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