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Norval Magnusson oral history interview (transcript)
Mr. Magnusson describes his background including his birthplace, education, experiences during World War II, and the circumstances that brought him to Bellingham. He describes his first position as process engineer at GP, which culminated in his becoming mill manager. He describes the nature of pulp production and the development of the bleach plant. He talks about technological innovations and research such as pneumatic instrumentation that improved efficiency and/or product quality. He also describes plant equipment such as spray dryers and Centra cleaners. Mr. Magnusson describes the leadership of Erik Ekholm and Ossian Anderson, both of whom were important figures at the plant. He discusses worker attitudes and labor disputes such as the argument over the saw filer/knife grinder position. He also gives his personal perspective on environmental issues like mercury emissions. Mr. Magnusson describes the relationship of the pulp plant with Western Washington University and the media, including coverage by 60 Minutes. He talks about the plant's changing role in the community, concluding with his opinion about the future of the waterfront and the economic base of the county.
Magnusson, Norval (interviewee)
Cross, Samantha (interviewer)
oral histories (literary works)
Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Bellingham Division
Puget Sound Pulp and Timber Co.
Waterfront Oral History Project records
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Western Washington University
Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
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