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Timely Advice From The NBFU
With the nation’s peace-war pro
duction approaching the $340 bil
lion mark, the need for safeguard
ing industry against fire is greater
than ever before, according to the
National Board of Fire Under
The reason for pointing up this
need and urging gi'eater precau
tion, it declared, stems from the
fact that over 100,000 non-residen-
tial buildings were damaged by fire
These buildings, the NBFU said,
were stores, manufacturing plants,
storage warehouses and other
types of structure. The enterprises
they housed employed many thous
ands of workers. Not only was the
livelihood of the employees in
terrupted by the fires, but produc
tion came to a halt. In a large num
ber of instances, the failure to pro
duce essential goods and sei'vices
had a crippling effect on some
.segments of the nation’s economy.
World War II experience, the
National Board said, brought home
to the American people the value
of plant protection as applied to
large industries using critical ma
terials. Now, however, highly
specialized processes are being de
veloped. To properly safeguard the
hazards involved, further improve
ment or changes in fire fighting
equipment or structural altera
tions are in many cases necessary.
By fighting fires before they oc
cur, that is by means of adequate
lire prevention, fire losses endan
gering the nation’s security can be
Most fires, the NFBU declared,
stai’t with conditions that may
easily be recognized not just solely
by the expert but by the property
owner as well. Most fires, there
fore, may be prevented by the
simple process of correcting such
Here are a few practical sugges
1. Prevent accumulation of un
necessary amounts of combustible
material, such as waste, rags, or
other flammable substances.
2. Check the premises—especial
ly the heat and power plant, light
ing systems, oil storage—for fire
3. Make use of proper means of
private fire protection, that is de
vices of approved design and char-
actei’, which when properly in
stalled, maintained and handled,
will serve to good purpose in fire
4. Cooperate with the public fire
"No Accident Month'
THE EMPLOYEES of Firestone
Textiles are to be credited in part,
according to Safety Director L.
B. McAbee, for the fine North
Carolina Safety Record established
during a special “No Accident
Month Campaign” sponsored by the
State Industrial Commission in
In this connection Mr. McAbee
received a letter from State Di
rector of Safety H. S. Baucom, of
which excerpts are here reprinted:
“We are pleased to announce
that there was a reduction in the
number of Industrial injuries in
North Carolina during our No
Accident Month Campaign for the
month of August. Our official
records show that there was a 13.5
per cent reduction of industrial
injuries in August '52 over August
1951. This means we had over
1,306 less inj'’uries reported in
August ’52 than we had during
“We are proud of the above
figures, however, the biggest im
provement was shown in the num
ber of industrial deaths. The deaths
dropped from 20 in August ’51 to
12 in ’52 which is a 40% reduction
or in plain figures eight people are
living who would have been dead
if this August had been as bad as
the August of ’51 and '50 which had
“We appreciate the efforts of
each of you who helped make this
campaign a success.”
Yours very truly,
H. S. BAUCOM
Director of Safety
The North Carolina Industrial
Know Your Plant. . . .
Two Floors Of Plant Devoted To Ply And Cable Twisting
THE LARGEST DEPARTMENTp
at Firestone Textiles, The Twisting
Department, has a combined “ply”
and “cable” enrollment of 481 em
ployees. At one time there were
two departments. Ply Twisting and
Cable Twisting; now, however, for
all practical purposes they are
considered as one.
Supervision of this spreading de
partment, which covers the fourth
and fifth floors of the plant, is
H. T. Aldridge’s job as overseer.
Assisting him are Second Hands
Claude Taylor, Grover Hollifield,
Trenton Ginn, and Otis Thompson.
.JAMES PIERCY is a fixer in Cable Twisting. The machine
behind him is a 132 spindle H. & B. Cable Twister. The product that
leaves this department is ready to be woven into tire cord and
eventually becomes the strength-giving body of Firestone tires.
Volume 1, No. 10 — October 5, 1952
Published at Gastonia, North Carolina
By Firestone Textiles
A DiTision of
The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
Department of Industrial Relations
R. H. HOOD, Editor
Carding—Leila Rape, Gertrude Sanders, Jessie Westmoreland.
Spinning—Lois Bolding, Helen Bolick, Janet Hartgrove, Mary
Turner, Ray Cloninger, Fannie Bruce.
Spooling—Nell Bolick, Ruth Easier, Helen Reel.
Twisting—Nevie Dalton, Mable Hanna, Hazel Clark, Lassie
Crawford, Corrie Johnson, Dean Haun, Ell ease
Austin, Ruth Waldrop.
Weaving—Mary Johnson, Lucille Davis, Inez Rhyne, Irene
Burroughs, Betty Martin.
Cloth Room—Margie Waldrop.
Quality Control—Dealva Jacobs, Irene Burroughs, Catherine
Winding—Dorcas Atkinson, Ann Stephenson, Mayzelle Lewis.
Main Office—Mozelle Brockman.
Superintendent’s Office—Sue Van Dyke.
Personnel Office—Christine Clark.
The Twisting Department per
forms three operations: ply twist
ing, respooling, and cable twisting.
Ply Twisting takes the yarn from
beams, adds twist in the case of
synthetics rayon and nylon, and
puts it on twister bobbins. This
twister bobbin is too small a
package for efficient use on cable
twistei’s, so an intermediate step
is sandwiched between the two
kinds of twisting and this is called
respooling. In respooling the yarn
is taken from twister bobbins and
placed on spools, the spool holding
four times as much yarn as the
The cord that eventually becomes
the strength-giving part of Fire
stone tires is completed at the
cable twisting stage. At this point
2 ends, in the case of synthetics,
are twisted together to produce a
cord of high tensile strength.
Ordinarily 750,000 pounds of
yarn are processed each week in
the Twisting Department, plus an
approximate 75,000 pounds of yarn
earmarked as sales yarn (to be
sold to the trade in the form of
yarn on cones, etc.).
—Continued from Page 1—
Tune Twisters quartettes per
formed. Control Engineer Clyde
Moss is director of the SPEB
Chorus, as it’s called.
Other entertainment for the
week reads as follows: Martha
Kendrick, alto soloist and an em
ployee in the Main Office, and
Katherine Galligan and accordian,
daughter of Superintendent
The Beauty Contest heads the
list of events for Friday night to
be followed by a square dance with
the Carolina Playboys providing
the music. Therese Galligan, an
other daughter of Superintendent
Galligan, will sing during dance
TENDING a Saco Lowell Respooler is Marie Fogle of the fourth
floor Twisting Department. Respooling is an intermediate step
tween ply and cable twisting, the principal operation at this stag®
being the transfer of plied yai'n from twister bobbins to the consider'
ably larger spools that are used in the final or cable twistinJ?
—Continued from Page 1—
Mr. Firestone, who originated
and organized The Presiding
Bishop’s Committee on Laymen’s
Work with a small group of lay
men, was given a tremendous ova
tion in both the House of Bishops
and the House of Deputies.
^ ^ ^
The House of Bishops gave him
an official tribute, seldom accorded
a layman, in the form of the follow
“Whereas Harvey S. Firestone,
Jr., together with a small group
of laymen, originated and organiz
ed The Presiding Bishop’s Com
mittee on Laymen’s Work and
intermission. She is no newcomer
to the stage locally, having appear
ed with success in several amateur
and charity performances in
“Whereas Harvey S. Firestoi'^
Jr., has served as Chaii’man
The Presiding Bishop’s Committ®^
on Laymen’s Work since its
tion and for a period of over
“Be it resolved by the House ^
Bishops, the House of Dep^^^j
concurring, that this 57th
Convention of the Protesta^^
Episcopal Church here assem*^
in Boston, Massachusetts,
hereby express its appreciation^ .
Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., for j
untiring loyalty, his consecrat®^
leadership and his profound
tribution to the cause of Christ
is Body, the Church. y
“And be it further resolved ^ ^
the House of Bishops, the House
Deputies concurring, that a copy
this Resolution, signed by the *
siding Bishop and the President
the House of Deputies be suita^. ^
inscribed and presented to Har <
S. Firestone, Jr.” \ ?
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