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: IV 1-"'^
P'jiion tubeless tire is now in production and will be offered
ui a limited basis during the months ahead.
nnniuni passonirer car tire field, the blowout-safe, puncture-
<vs Supreme tire, first announced by Firestone early in 1951.
■, ailablc (hirinjr the year to motorists in most parts of the
iv’ demonstrations of the l)louout protection offered by this
•.nessed by hundreds of thousands of people, including the
I- and safety oflicials of the m:ijor cities of the United States.
•niHirtant new products announced during the year included
, I'own & Country passenger car tire which combines the extra
: s.'.iry for mud, snow and ice with the smoothness and quiet-
:,ir passenger car tires; an improved Firestone Life Protector
!nnv has I'cn made puncture-sealing as well as blowout safe;
; <■ Supi) Tr;insi)ort, a premium truck tire which has estab-
I'lVords for long, low-cost mileage; a lower-priced Firestone
iioavy Duty truck tire; a Firestone Ground Grip Open Center
!■ tire and Firestone Guideline front tractor tire, designed and
i.aiiitain our ieadership in this lield; and Firestone Rib Ex-
as a companion to the Firestone Rock Grip Excavator tire.
ne.'.'! of I •
thi' Kin -
cavator tir' a.- •. , —
Otlu r .iiitstanding new products announced during the year were the
Fire.'toiio !'ri-Charged battery, a new type in which the acid is not added
until the i’attery is installed, thus a.ssnring a factory-fresh battery to the
buyer: a!:i) Firestone P]xon vinyl resins, including one developed for the
maiiuiacture of pipe and other construction material where corrosion-
ri'sistant itroperties are important.
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WE AI.SO developed a new tire for race cars which i)ermits safe
drivin? at hiu^her speeds, and every major national chami)ionship auto-
iri'hile race in I0;i2 was won on F'irestone tires. For the twenty-ninth
ronsi'cutivi' lime. Firestone tires were on the wimiing cars in the .'iOO-Mile
(•'liiaiiai’H’iiis Sweepstakes and for the twenty-fourth consecutive time in
(th(' Pike’s Peak Climb.
Our Coinpany continued to promote interest in the necessity for build-
ir.i; l>etU'r and safer highways. During the year, on many occasions, we
niiti-m'vide attention to the fact that further delay in the c<mstruc-
ti'CUif a(ii'(iiiate. modern highways may cost thousands of lives and billions
of dollars in property damage. Other large companies in the automotive
i.r’il have joiiu'd in this camjiaign and governmental both’es from Congress
crtwn to loc:il levels have begun seriously to consider spt'cific ways and
ntan? of bringing America's system of roads and streets up to date.
V\V Continue to maintain our leadership in the develoimient of long-
i::V. economical, rubber-asphalt surf.ucing materials which have attracted
ir.tt-rest for use on streets, highways, playgrounds and parking area.s.
In 1952 Firestone Industrial Products Division had the largest pro-
duotion and sales volume in its histt>ry. A major <>xpansion proj'ram at the
Fall I;ivt‘r plant was completed for the manufacture of Foamex mattresses.
ThK<e enlarged facilities now make it possible to complete one Foamex
Eittress per minute, and provide for a greater volume of Foamex furniture
ir.d upholstery cushioning. E'lven though jirodnction capacity has been
vTcatly incFfased over last year, demand for Firestone Foamex still ex-
;t-eds the output.
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WITH fMPROVEI) conditions in the textile industry. Firestone Contro
niiW thread was in greater tlemand and production rose to a much higher
'f el than the previous year.
nemaiul for semi-pneumatic tires contimies to expand, e.specially for
implements, and .sales are expected to be greater in 195.5.
February I I93; pd)ru
hotography — or
it — you’re in-
Camera Club. The
[rkroom is available
ph Tuesday after
ping and printing
The Company co.ntinueo to promote interest in the necessity fob
BUILUtNG BETTER AND SAFER ROADS. HaRVEV S. FiRESTONE, Jr., MANY TIMES
CALLED NATIO.SVC’IDE ATTENTION TO THIS SUBJECT. HE IS SHOWN HERE WHEN
HE VI. AS PRI.VCIPAI, SPEAKER AT THE 50TH ANNIVEKSAKY DINNEii THE
American Automobile Association in Washington, D. C Left to right:
W. Nelson Bump, President of the Veteran Motor Car Club of America;
Mr. Firestone; Ralph Thomas, new President of the AAA; T. Clarence
•Marshall. President of the Antique Automobile Club of A.mekica,
AND J. E. G Neill, retiring AAA President
J THE development
s, THE Company is
rUCKY IN BESEASCH.
D D. V. Terrell 01
IB of Xylos.
ajor expansion, ptr |
me Velon yarns n
ipes in the furnitur;
oned a few minutel
s to be the \vorld’i|
rge part of the prc
on the manufacturil
practically all of tk
some of our foreif.
weaving capacity c:
tton to rayon.
id more rubber tha:
jer-base paints wckI
Februui'y iGtli is u
year and an employee
a week’s vacation. This
!)d of eight months and
they were eligible for a
F1 of eacti year and there
If IT -■* ••>•••■•
For THE 2‘>TH consecutive time, FlktSTONE TIKES were on THE WINNING
CARS IN THE 500-MlLE INDIANAPOLIS SWEEPSTAKES. LEFT TO RIGHT: J. C
AgAJANIAN, OWNER OF THE WINNING CAR; RAYMOND C FlKESTONE AND
•ro<->v RuTTMAN. DRIVEB.
S'<r un farm iniple
n of a new tire ac.
growing demands c!
ntry. Expansion pro-
ted during the yea
lompany and Phocnii
)vide an exchange 0.'
techniques and tradfr
' formed by our Cok
re of essential chem-
ound for constructic:
t supplier of dcfeiik
:ks, bogie wheels an
fas masks; inllatabi
:iiners and jet eiigii:
avy twin, three-ind
, tubes, rims, ro[i2i-’
made on the develof-
iVe are in prodnctio:
aanufacture of whic^
He newest weaix'ii? 0.
Tient arsenal fi'r
Ravenna, Ohio. A
millimeter shell.- ca!>^
'dford, JMassacht ettf
ise their sales
:panded lines ot’
the markets f>
; ne Stores contii le
ake their mere! Hi:-
H,K HKL ni ALKHS 'i^u‘'>:850.0<l0^^MORE
PIR CFNf INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF POTBXTIAl Pl'ACUASESS
i\. iHl tKS AND Bt'SES TUO.OK .MOHH VFARS nin THAN THERI!
1 our appreciate
'he greatest ■'>
of .'mploye*' -
vantages are two fold,
leans that all employees
e for a week’s vacation
ly upon completing their
of credited service and
completing their fifth
:h year of credited ser-
be eligible for an addi-
vacation at that time,
advantage is that em-
^*|^ill be allowed to take
itions at anytime during
that is mutually satis-
ith the employees and
f uirement that vacatiojis
I 'ed with supervisors is
; in order to maintain
; I without interruption,
his requirement produc-
1 be severely restricted
' umbers of employees in
ts decided to take vaca
te same time. Whenever
ossible to allow all em-
) take their vacations
3 periods desired, em-
ith the most company
I be given preference.
’or the changes pointed
er provisions of the va-
icy remain in effect—
ese is the provision for
ly. As in the past, em-
titled to vacations will
cation pay as follows:
:led to one week of va-
inued on Page 3)
n-cawiie vvesieyan ivxebiiouisi'
Church, located at 1001 West Sec-
ond Avenue in Gastonia. On that
a double celebration will mark
fiftieth anniversary of
^huvch’s founding, and the fourth
Htiniversary of the completion of
Hew church plant.
The people of the Firestone
^‘^sleyan Church including the
l^astor, the Reverend Frank B.
ennard, are proud of the progress
church has made over the
years since its founding. Their 1
Piide is TniQt vainglorious, but is
^ther a feeling of thankfulness,
^hankfulness for a church that
■id Weathered the storms of de
pression and moral upheaval itv
J ® World around it, yet withal
.Remained strong and determii^"
its teaching of the funda
mental virtues of Christian living.
forward with especial
^^erest to the April 19 Anniver-
^y Services are two charter
of the Firestone Wes-
Church; W. G. Waldrop and
E. Hill. These 50-year
The WesTeyarMethodist Church with its pastor the Eev. F. B.
Dennard shown in the mset.
Firestone’s Plant Newspapers
Win Annual Freedoms Award
THE Firestone Tire & Rubber Company and its Chairman, Harvey
S. Firestone, Jr., have received two high honors from the F'reedoms
Mr. Firestone was awarded an honor medal in the Public Address
category for his talk, “The Bonds of Brotherhood”.
The Company’s seven publica-
members will be in their accus
tomed pews for these services, if
health permits. Mr, Waldrop work-
I ed many years for Firestone Tex
tiles and before that for the Man-
I (Continued on page 6)
tions have been given the top award
in the Employee Publications cate
gory of the Freedoms Foundation
Awards Competition for 1952. J.
E. Trainer, Vice-President in
Charge of Production, accepted the
award for the Company at cere
monies at Freedoms Foundation
headquarters at Valley Forge,
Pennsylvania, February 22. Vice-
President Richard Nixon presented
The Firestone publications won
the award in competition with
several hundred other leading
Company publications. Mary
Kerrigan, supervising editor for
the publications, received a per
sonal honor medal.
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THE seven publications for
which the top award in the Em
ployee Publication category was
given was; the Firestone Non-Skid,
for employees of the home plants
in Akron, Ohio; the Firestone
Californian at the Los Angeles,
California, plant; the Firestone
Southerner, Memphis, Tennessee;
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