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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Bobby Wesley Bush, Sr., June 19, 2000. Interview I-0086. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Strategies for Gaining Control and Making Profits in the Manufacturing Industry

Bush explains how Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company used different strategies to combat competition and jealousy from other companies. Discussing the Fabeze plant as an example, Bush states that most people would not be able to associate Fabeze with Hickory Springs, although Hickory Springs had created it. His comments reveal tactics used by corporations in gaining control within their industry.

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Oral History Interview with Bobby Wesley Bush, Sr., June 19, 2000. Interview I-0086. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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KATHLEEN KEARNS:
What was Fabeze? Are we on the same page here?
BOB BUSH:
Fabeze was a holding company that is still really a very quiet corporation and we don't talk about it. No, it's done for reasons that are important, because if the customers for instance knew we owned the operation, they probably would not buy from it. You have to understand there are some competitions and jealousies and so forth that get into the businesses. And so that was one of the methods of getting around some of those problems.
KATHLEEN KEARNS:
OK, so certain customers will buy from Fabeze who would not buy-?
BOB BUSH:
They probably wouldn't buy from us, or at the time it was established wouldn't buy from us.
KATHLEEN KEARNS:
OK, so was this an existing entity?
BOB BUSH:
Yes, the operating entity was existing. Fabeze was not existing. We created Fabeze.