V>. A n -
■j and t'
)of tiff .
; for O' r
j on *
i i AUY Service Hiiroau is in contact with more than 1400
voes as they serve our country in the armed forces. Christ-
.!i(i other remembrances arc sent to these men and women
oil : VO of ab.sence from the Company.
I i'or th(> Nib time in the last seven years, the National Safety Council
t.' f I'onipany its DistinKuished Service to Safety Award, the
f }. h,'^t hon>'i iriven l)v the Council for industrial safety. Also during the
’ I f .r.oiir AKi >’u plants set a new world record in industrial safety for the
|:r7m;iiuif.i< iiiiin>r industry as they completed 5,300,000 accident-free
;r,i. I’roviHiis world .safety record holders in the tire industry were our
at -Mi iiiphis and Pes Moines.
A total Hi' 1S.366 men and women of Firestone and 46,509 dejiendents
,re pro!t i tl'd by our employees’ jrroup insurance plan which for the
r ftiili I’lit $979,300 in death bonelita and $1,375,451 in disability and
Ill Ai'iii. Firestone became the first company in the rubber in-
<:ryto iiiviie the Red Cross Bloodniobile to visit its Akron plant.s on a
■r^jbr basis. For two days every other month the Bloodmobile comes to
;r plants aiul Firestone employees have contributed 1,398 pints of blood
:i establish an average of 139.8 pints per day against a quota of 125
:;r.ts. Other Fire.stone plants also are participating in this national pro-
jam of the Rod Cross.
IN COMiM.ETlNCi its thirty-fourth year of operation, our factory
I'CfStion program paid out $59,378 for the 2,856 suggestions adopted by
I;'?Compriiiy. Highest award of the year was presented to J. R. Lewis,
jr.:!t>;i|re serviceman in the St. Louis District, for his suggestion for an
jjrproved method of repairing punctures of mileage account tires.
Employees in Akron worked 1,613 gardens with an average yield
Iviiaed at $95. Prizes were awarded for the best and most productive
Vmith activities are encouraged by all Firestone plants. Most of them
3irrparticipating in Roy Scout work. More than two hundred Scouts entered
;hf award contest in Akron which was won by Fred Hoppstock, a member
cf Fire.stone Troop Number 27.
Em))l(»yee participation in recreational activities of the Company in
iVron ;j!)il in our bninch plant.s was greater than ever. The.se included
2 'f. tennis, bowling, basketball, .softball, horseshoes, swimming, archery,
:r.iflel)()ar(l. table tennis, badminton, che.ss and bridge tournament.s, a.s
as photography and choral work.
IN THE I.VTEKEST of providing financial a-s.slstance to worthy .sons
daujrhtcr.s of Fire.stone employees who .seek a college educiition, a
.•CMlar.ship fund has been set up by The Firestone Tire & Rubber Comp;iny.
The annual income from this fund will provide enough money to pay
• full tuition, academic fees, te.vtbooks, and a substjintial part of the
-• nt'cost.s of 15 new .students each year. After four years the fund will
> providing support for 60 students annually.
It is the sincere desire of the management of the F'irestone Company
■'it this scholarship program will make it po.ssible for the children of
'-ny of our employees, who ordinarily could not alfcrd a college educa-
■ >!i. to ixnefit from advanced educational opportunities.
'Ve hope that these students who obtain a college education bwause
j' the Firestone Scholarship Program will be able to make significant
i^womicand .social contributions to their families, their communitie.s, and
^ In the year ahead, we fully expect the rubber Industry will make a
sjjnantial contribution to the high level of busine.ss activity which
hWent economic barometers indicate for 1953.
!':<■ < :| I , KXl’l'KIENCE AM) I.OVAI.TV OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF FiRESTONE
AKf amiing the greatest assets of the organization. Lee R. Jackson,
1*KFS11)1:NT. IS SHOWN WITH OTHER DIRECTORS ON litS -fOTH ANNIVERSARY.
Left to Rk;ht: John J. Shea, Mr. Jackson, Harvey H. Hollingek and
Harvev s. Firestone, Jr.
The h xtii.e pi.ants of the Co.mpanv supply practically all of the twe
CORD RfgUIREMENTS OF THE DOMESTIC PLANTS AND SOME OF THE FOREIGN
Si i.t I
1 it — you’re in-
Camera Club. The
M^room is available
n Tuesday after-
i oy T.<ic( S .^no
•nio't I’J N-
I'lUlDI l,TS DiMiIOS CONII.M'iS TO l»f THE WOHLD'S lARCEjT M.»M
I.iKGE PART OF iUE PKOBIIC7ION FACfLiriEs Of
’.(ANtJt ACIt'KE Of MAfFKtl*
d of eight months and
they were eligible for u
1^) of each year and there
, vantages are two fold.
leans that all employees
ve 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-
"^k’s vacation at that time.
advantage is that em-
lill be allowed to take
itioas at anytime during
that is mutually satis-
the employees and
r.'tA' .'OR KIMS. X
A. ^^ted at inrn a .
1001 West Sec-
^ doubl" ’ ^^stonia. On that
<^elebration will mark
“ng, and the fourth
the “''“ding the
th! """"H are ^ B.
--0 founding. '^I’heir j
athe-^^ vainglorious, but is'
^^eling of thankfulness,
for a church
storms of de
moral upheaval ii'
around it, yet withal
strong and determin"
- teaching of the funda-
sntal virtues of Christian living.
forward with especial
^^est to the April 19 Anniver-
his requirement produc-
l be severely restricted
umbers of employees in
ts decided to take vaca
te same time. Whenever
ossible to allow all em-
> take their vacations
i periods desired, em-
the most company
er provisions of the vu-
remain in effect—
the provision for
in the past, em-
titled to vacations will
nation pay as follows:
;led to one week of va-
inued on Page
Firestone’s Plant Newspapers
Win Annual Freedoms Award
,,'as ctwaraed t meaai In the Public Addr
category for his talk, “The Bonds of Brotherhood”.
iire & Rubber Compa
S. Firestone, Jr., have ‘
two high honors from
was awarded an honor medal
s seven publica-'
' n o TH ^ - publications.
tions have been given the top award Company ^juoncat
in the Employee Publications cate-
gory of the Freedoms Foundation
Awards Competition for 1952.
E. Trainer, Vice-President
"^®^nber ^wo charter
^®yan Firestone Wes
Mrs V ch: W n —-
The Wesleyan Methodist Church with its pastor the Rev.
Dennard shown in the inset.
Charge of Production, accepted the
award for the Company at cere
W n vves-j members will be in their accus- many yeai’s^ for Firestone Tex-
Hill ^and I tomed pews for these services, if before that for the Man-
These 50-year j health permits. Mr. Waldrop work- (Continued on page 6)
_ J at Vaj
the top awara in the Em-
«... rreeaoms Foundation ployee Publication >
headquarters at Valley Fors’e- '
The Firestone publications won
the award in competition with
several hundred other leading
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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