Oil: Outworking the Competition

His church, says Rexford Blazer, 60, chairman of Ashland Oil & Refining Co., is convenient as well as a comfort. His company's seven-story headquarters in the eastern Kentucky hill town of Ashland is directly across the street from Calvary Episcopal Church. On Sunday mornings, while other businessmen are still abed, Blazer works until church time, returns to his desk after services to work until dinnertime.

Blazer, along with President Orin Atkins, 43, and other Ashland executives, follows what is more or less jocularly called the "Ashland Workweek." It be gins around 8 a.m., lasts ordinarily until midnight, runs seven days...

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