Call Number: Open Stacks, Videos and Audio Recordings GlassFest oral history 2012: Robert Kosty
After spending several years as a police officer, Bob Kosty applied to work at Corning Glass Works. The opportunities and the salary initially attracted him. As a new worker, with union membership, he could easily be "bumped" if others, with more seniority, wanted his position. Therefore, he held various jobs, in various parts of the company, including B&C Factory, pressware, main plant, and the general machine shop. He learned to fill the melting tanks with batch for the nose cones, did utility work on making Pyrex percolators, made color TV panels, and then became a machinist. The latter required an apprenticeship: he polished molds, made shoots for the machines, worked with Cormet (making molds for shoots), changed the colors of nose cones from their initial amber to gray, etc. After the flood in 1972, Kosty worked during the days to help bring the machine shop back into productivity, and then went to his home 3 blocks away, to make the house more inhabitable after the flood. His work involved a lot of self-teaching, solving problems, making safety inspections, and being innovative. He commended the company for its insistence on education and training, and its involvement of the workers in solving problems. He also received a patent for one of his innovations. His active and retired service for the company now totals more than 45 years.