The Martin Marietta Company 1968 Golden Achievement Award

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The Martin Marietta Company 1968 Golden Achievement Award

The Martin Marietta Company 1968 Golden Achievement Award

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May 2, 2017

Maury L. Carter, Martin Marietta Corporation 1968 Golden Achievement Award employee recognition photo.

Maury L. Carter, manufacturing, succeeded in combining motor quality assurance and qualification tests which eliminate four first state motors and three second stage motors. Costs savings amounted to over $483,000.

Listen as Maury L. Carter describes his management experience at Martin Orlando in this excerpt from an oral history interview with Mr. Carter on October 26, 2016.

LISTEN Part I (19:56)

I worked with engineers. I worked with some of the brightest engineers in the world. But I was on the business management side. We were involved in all the coordination, the scheduling. You know it's interesting on the engineering part, and the engineers get the credit they deserve. They well deserve credit. I mean they design it. You know what happens after that? Other people build it. You know, we had, of course, the facilities people. You had people like Cliff Kelly there at Martin way back. Cliff Kelly was the procurement person. You know he had to order the parts. You know a missile has thousands and thousands of pieces and parts; a lot of them are made there and a lot of them ordered. And he was in charge of ordering all that in.

Management

We had manufacturing people. Charley Blaney in charge of manufacturing. They built it. And then you had all the inspections. You know, your missile, there's a lot of pieces and parts in there. In the design of the missile you have a head engineer like the people mentioned, but you also have engineers that design for each piece and each part. But my job, by the time I left there I was in program planning or master planning. And we planned the schedule, the monitoring, the status, the liaison. If we had problems with the vendor we would go and find out what's wrong here and that type thing. So, I was on the management side rather than the engineering side....

I worked first at Martin Baltimore. Then they transferred me to Orlando. I came with the first group that moved here from Baltimore. And that was in March of '57 after the facilities were set up. The first group of workers was March of '57 and I was in that group. But then I worked here at Martin for a while and then that was from Baltimore to Orlando. Worked there for a while and then they transferred me to Denver for three years. Then from Denver they sent me to Little Rock, Arkansas. From Little Rock, Arkansas to Orlando from Orlando to Allegheny Ballistics Lab in Maryland, then back to Orlando.

LISTEN Part II (19:52)

You know, the director came to me one day after all that and he says to me, "Maury, we opened liaison in Washington. Would you go up and take over this liaison office up there?" And I said, "Look," I said, "If it's required for me to do that yes. But I think after all that, I think somebody else ought to go." He said, "No problem, I understand." You know a lot of times you work for a company, if they want you to go here and you don't, I mean, that's not healthy. So, everything, I worked, I said, "I'll go to Moscow if the company sent me there." Anyway, they understood that one transfer that I said, no I didn't want to go...

I usually ran the staff meetings. You know we had the Program's Monitoring was up to me and my department. We'd run the meeting and each of those people would report not to me, I mean I wasn't their bosses, but they'd report on the way to get the missile systems out the door. And our organization, planning department, was responsible for seeing all the pieces and parts are ready to go. Engineering would report, you got government shortage, that type of thing. I was not their boss, but I acted like it. And I had the backing of the head people in the company, too...

Photo courtesy of the Maury L. Carter Archives.

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