Every piece of glass that Imperial made, from the most elaborate punch bowl set to the simplest nut cup, was the product of the efforts of individual people working together as part of the Imperial team. Many different roles were played in producing these wonderful and beautiful creations in glass, from the "gaffer" to the "turning out boy" to the President of the Company. No one individual did it all. No one individual worked at Imperial for its entire eighty year history.
Imperial provided employment, good jobs, to hundreds of skilled workers, for at least three generations. Most were drawn from the small towns in the surrouding area, like Smithfield, Ohio. The 1937 yearbook of that high school here depicts band members at a football game. Some of its 36 graduating seniors may well have gone on to work at Imperial.
The National Imperial Glass Collectors' Society's website puts names to some of "The Faces of Imperial". It can be viewed here.