Hank Murta Adams reminisces about Blenko’s workers.

Hank Adams

Hank Murta Adams describes how Blenko objects were produced. Oral history interview with Hank Murta Adams by Barb Elam, conducted via telephone, June 7, 2019, Bard Graduate Center. Clip length: 01:52.

Hank Murta Adams: You know, it’s such a small company, and there are people that should—there’s a guy named Dave Osburn who sort of became one of the lead gaffers there. The systems were so interesting and unique at Blenko; there would be two benches that would run production of a particular item, and the startups would be the blowers and they would have their team on one bench, and then there would be the finishers, and they would be—you have another team. So the piece would be started and if there were any color additions or bits that need to be—or dips need to be made on the start of the piece before it went into the mold, then it would be the blowers; and then it would be handed off to the team that were the finishers, and they would do the the lip wrap, and the opening up, and the finishing of the piece. Now, I don’t know if that was the way it was with all factories, but that’s certainly the way it was at Blenko, and when I landed there I know there were 140 people employed. As to how many—I think there were nine; nine teams on the floor as I remember, but, I might be wrong about that, but—and I can give you some names, but Bill Blenko—I think has passed, I’m not sure, I think he’s passed, but—and I can [laughs] tell you a lot about sort of the backstory of the company through the eighties and nineties and the aughts.