Fenton employees, many of them USW members, participated in filming an episode of the Discovery Channel television show "Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe" and will be featured in an espisode scheduled to air Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 9 p.m. Eastern.
Click here for a sneak peek of the episode. The clip shows Fenton employee Jon Anderson demonstrating how to make a swung vase.
Fenton is featuring Fenton USA products made exclusively for Mike Rowe. The USW featured Fenton and its employees this summer in our magazine, USW@Work. Click here to view a photo slide show from the visit.
"Dirty Jobs" host Mike Rowe writes on his Web site about his experience in the glass factory, mentioning the USW:
"...True, I did see a lot of precious little trinkets that brought back a flood of troubling memories but watching them get made was a revelation. As was meeting the people who made them – people like Frank Workman.
Frank lives up to both his names and does things with magma you’ll need to see to believe. Many other employees at Fenton are in the steelworkers union, and look like it. They spend long days pulling thick wads of blistering lava out of giant kilns with mysterious tools that take decades to master. They do incredibly difficult things with amazing ease and dexterity. They laugh and sing and cuss a little, but care deeply about their work. The whole scene is a chaotic, but perfectly choreographed dance and I loved every minute of it."