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MARCH 10, 1954
THE NINE EMPLOYEE publications of The Firestone Tire &
Rubber Company received the top gold medal award in the Company
Employee Publications category for the second consecutive year
in the annual awards program of the Freedoms Foundation at
Valley Forge. The award was accepted for the Company by J. E.
Trainer, Executive Vice-President, during the organization’s annual
presentation ceremony for top award winners at its headquarters at
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, on George Washington’s Birthday,
In addition to the award to the Firestone Company, the Foun
dation, also for the second year, presented its top gold medal award
to Mary Kerrigan, Supervisor of Employee Publications for the
Mr. Trainer is shown here (center) receiving the award from
Dr. Milton Eisenhower (left), President of Pennsylvania State
University and brother of President Eisenhower. Dr. Kenneth D.
Wells (right). President of the Freedoms Foundation, announced
A Final Reminder
THE NEXT SmOettw
THIS SIGN is being displayed in Inspection Departments at
several Firestone plants. It reminds all who see it that the responsi
bility for the production of quality products has “moved to end of
the line” as far as the manufacturing process is concerned, and that
no further inspections normally take place prior to the time that
the product is purchased by the customer.
Volume III, No. 4, March 10, 1954
Published at Gastonia, North Carolina
By Firestone Textiles
A Division of
The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
Department of Industrial Relations
R. H. HOOD, Editor
CARDING—Edna Harris, Jessie Westmoreland.
SPINNING—Mary Turner, Maude Johnson.
SPOOLING—Nell Bolick, Helen Reel, Rosalee Burger.
TWISTING—Hazel Foy, Grace Stowe, Annie Cosey, Dean Haun,
SALES YARN TWISTING—Fannie Humphries.
SYC WEAVING—Sarah Davis, Nina Milton, Vivian Bumgardner.
CORD WEAVING—Margaret Rhyne, Irene Burroughs, Mary
QUALITY CONTROL—Dealva Jacobs, Leila Rape, Catherine Isham,
WINDING—Mazelle Lewis, Ann Stevenson, Christine Stroupe.
CLOTH ROOM—Margie Waldrop.
WAREHOUSE—George Harper, Albert Meeks.
PLASTIC DIP—Frances Huffman, Helen Guffey.
MAIN OFFICE—Mozelle Brockman.
SUPERINTENDENT’S OFFICE—Sue Van Dyke.
PERSONNEL OFFICE—Barbara Abernathy.
Thursday Nights Are Talk Nights For
Employees In Public Speaking Class
A group of Firestone employees o
have formed a public speaking
class and are meeting each Thurs
day night for 10 weeks in the Girls’
Club. As instructor the group has
secured the services of Professor
Raymond W. Tyson, chairman of
the speech department of David
Members of the class include:
Robert Hull, 0. K. Forrester, Ho-
bert Aldridge, Francis Galligan,
J. M. Cooper, William Rhyne, Roy
Carver, W. R. Turner, Alvin Riley,
Brad Harrison, Jack Comely,
Clyde Moss, Mrs. Gladys Nygard,
Mrs. Mozelle Brockman, Mrs. R.
L. Thompkins, Miss Myrtle Brad
ley, and Miss Dolores Turner.
One of the features of the class
is the fact that each member must
speak before the group at least
once during each class. At each
class the talks become longer and
more difficult until the completion
of the scheduled 10 classes. Con
structive suggestions are made by
the instructor following each talk.
The idea being, of course, the de
velopment of effective speaking
ability through directed practice.
A variety of speech situations
are studied and shown to the class
by demonstration. Among these
are: (1) Speech of nomination, (2)
speech of praise, (3) speeches of
introduction, welcome, etc.
Class participants are taught
that the best speech is always con
versational in attitude and manner.
They are also drilled in the five
objects of any speech activity
which are: (1) To inform, (2) to
impress, (3) to convince, (4) to
persuade, and (5) to entertain.
Sharing the spotlight for in
dividual honors in Little League
duckpin bowling for the league
champion Firestone Tires are
Bobby Tate who had high set
and high average for the season,
and Randolph Scott whose 115
points gave him high game
honors for the season.
(Continued From Page 1)
“THE DISCOVERY is a special
pigment of higher than norma,l
melting point,” Mr. Firestone says.
“It is used in such concentration
that it affords almost complete
protection against ozone and smog
—two of the greatest enemies of
tire life. It is compounded with
the rubber and other chemicals. In
actual tire use, the newly discover
ed material continually provides a
film-like protective coating over
the sidewall and other parts of the
“It is now possible,” Mr. Fire
stone says, “to manufacture tires,
especially white sidewall tires, that
will keep their color and appear
ance for the original life of the
tire. Car owners in the northern
snow belt who prefer white side
wall tires to add to the appearance
of their automobiles may now use
their ‘whites’ the year around
without fear of discoloration or
“For those who want the added
winter protection of tires with
maximum traction, the new Fire
stone Town & Country tires are
being manufactured with white
sidewalls for the rear wheels to
match the whites on the front of
Sales For Safety
Prescription Safety Glasses:
BRAD HARRISON of Main
Office gestures for extra em
phasis in a demonstration talk
before the instructor and mem
bers of the Employees Public
Speaking Class at the Girls’
Club. Each member of the class
is given an opportunity to speak
at least once during each class
(Continued From Page 1)
The cable twisters coming here
will be placed on the third floor
of the plant. New maple flooring
will be laid in the area to be oc
cupied by this machinery. The
present basement level Cord Weav
ing Room will likewise be refloor
ed in maple to match the flooring
of the new addition which it will
Construction of the addition to
the plant has been under way for
several weeks. The modern build
ing, with controlled atmospheric
conditions, is being constructed by
a local building contractor.
The enlarged Cord Weaving
Room will contain the looms it has
now plus the looms being moved
here from Roanoke. New steel
creels for these looms are to be
made in our mechanical depart
New Conference Room
PLANT SUPERVISORS are shown here at one of the first
conferences in the new Conference Room, located in what was prev
iously a portion of the Electric Shop. The room is attractively
furnished, sound proofed, and air conditioned. Seated about the
conference table, left to right, are Francis Galligan, superintendent,
Jack Darwin, Sales Yarn Department, General Manager Harold
Mercer, and Nelson Kessell, general superintendent.
Heart Fund Gift
MRS. CLARA WILSON, tie-in-hand, acts on behalf of all em
ployees as she presents local Heart Fund Official Hubert Blanton a
check for $1,196.55. The Heart Fund gift is a part of the Unite
Fund which last year netted $10,775.25 in contributions from
stone Textiles employees. Others in the picture above are
Thurston, treasurer of the Gaston County Heart Fund (left) and E. J*
Mechem, comptroller for Firestone Textiles.