I worked at Del Monte while I was putting myself through school, and on a Mission. It is one of those jobs an able bodied American won't do unless he wants some money, and I needed money. I had several different jobs there. I first worked at the Del Monte in Franklin, graveyard shift, on a belt picked the bad stuff out of the beans, sticks, bad beans, rock etc. I worked along side my mom and brother, Weldon.
I moved up to Del Monte Smithfield. My first job there was a cleaning job, with a steam and water powered house. I would spray this water under the stairs where the ladies were standing. I would go from one end of the processing plant to the other. At this time we were processing peas. I moved up to a husker during the corn season. Finally I moved up to a machine that pushed the cans into line to be filled with whatever.
While working there (Probably 1976,) there was a guy on a mini-bulldozer, loading carrots to be processed. They were delivered to Del Monte in a refrigerated car.