JUNE 25, 1955
Office Of Superintendent
Miss Llevv Adams spent Sunday, June 5 at Lake Lure and Chimney
Rock, N. C.
Frank Gurley, third shift superintendent, has returned to work after
one week of vacation.
Miss Sue Van Dyke spent Sunday, June 5th, at Camp Firestone
with her sister-in-law, Mrs. Rosetta Van Dyke, battery hand, Mr. Van
Dyke and their family.
Employees of Personnel Department and their families enjoyed a
Weiner roast, June 3, at the home of Mrs. Nellie Stowe.
Mrs. Nellie Stowe and her husband, Carl, had as visitors from
S>aulk Centre, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Everette Parks, and children, Dick,
Marilyn and Judy.
Miss Beatrice Bradshaw, Time Study, and Miss Polly Beaver,
Quality Control, spent four days in May visiting A3/C J. L. Beaver in
Biloxi, Miss. They also visited in Mobile, Ala., and New Orleans, La.
Thomas Grant, Time Study, Mrs. Grant, Don and Sharon visited
^^rs. Grant’s sister, Mrs. Harold Mauldin, in Lavonia, Ga., in late May.
Miss Barbara Abernathy, Personnel, spent the week end of June 4
with her family at Carolina Beach, N. C.
Mrs. Grace Reeves, visiting nurse, her husband, J. B., and their
two children, Ike and Jean, spent the week end of June 11 at Myrtle
Beach, S. C.
New employees in this department are; James D, Moss, student at
State College who is working in Time Study during the summer
ii^onths; Bill Eaker, who will assist in Industrial Relations; and Bob
Purkey, who will be Assistant to the Recreation Director. Mr. Purkey
Was transferred from the Warehouse to this department.
Mrs. Fred Honeycutt, mother of Mrs. Flora Pence, Personnel, and
Sam Honeycutt, Quality Control, is spending the summer visiting two of
^er sons in Hamilton, Ohio, and Newark, N. J.
Roller Shop Foreman Paul Walker, Mrs. Walker, and their son,
Dariel, left June 4 to spend three weeks in San Diego, Calif., with Mr.
‘'iid Mrs. David Brown. Mrs. Brown is the former Martha Walker.
Electrician Floyd Hogan, Mrs. Hogan and family left June 11 to
spend two weeks with Mrs. Hogan’s uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Rice
Hogan in Dallas, Texas.
Mrs. Peggy Myers of Washington, D. C., spent the week end of
May 28 with her mother, Mrs. Rosie Francum, tool room clerk.
William Henry Sparrow, student at State College, Raleigh, spent
the week end of May 15 with his parents. Yardman Frank Sparrow and
Ml'S. Sparrow. William is a member of the 1955 graduating class at
Electrical Supervisor Edgar Taylor and family spent the week
of May 8 with Henry Hughes in Gainesville, Fla. Mrs. Clarence Hughes,
*^other of Mrs. Taylor and Mr. Hughes, accompanied them to Florida
where she will make her home with her son.
Mrs. Bernice Roland, creeler, is out from work due to an accident
ich occurred while visiting in Western North Carolina mountains.
Mrs. Corene Lewis, winder tender, and her husband visited re-
cently in Charleston, S. C.
Pearl Welch, spooler tender, visited her brother, James Ingle, in
s em, N. J. while on vacation recently.
The employees of the Spooling Department welcome Lucille
spooler tender, to this department.
J. C. Rainey, brother of Rosevelt Rainey, has returned to his
after being in the Gaston County Colored Hospital.
John Verdery left June 12 for Camp York, South Carolina, where
^ will spend his vacation.
Albert Meeks and Mrs. Meeks recently visited their son, Bonnie
®eks and his family in High Point, N. C.
te Morrow, Warehouse Overseer, Mrs. Morrow and their daugh-
Martha, attended the graduation exercises at Belmont Abbey Col-
Employees Contribute To Red Cross Blood Bank
★ ★ ★
A total of 123 persons vol
unteered to donate blood to
the American Red Cross
bloodmobile during its sched
uled visit here from 11 a. m.,
to 5 p. m.. May 26. Of this
number 93 were Firestone em
During the visit of the bloodmo
bile here, Mrs. Edith Parker, Exec
utive Director of the Gaston Coun
ty Chapter of the ARC, supervised
the serving of refreshments to all
who volunteered blood.
As usual, the bloodmobile was
attended by a staff of volunteers in
addition to the regular Red Cross
personnel. Serving as helpers dur
ing the recent visit were;
Jerry Howie, Jeter Patterson,
Grady Robinson, A. D. McCarter,
Robert Wallace, Lawrence Burke,
Charlie Robinson and Norville
Mesdames James Cooper, F. C.
Walker, W. R. Turner, Sr., E. J.
Mechem, C. D. Houser, Howard
Baldwin, Robert Pence, W. C.
Hipps, W. C. Neel, H. A. Cauthen,
Carl Stowe, Sr., Zula Eisenhower
and Grace Reeves.
Following is a roster of those
who volunteered their blood during
the May 26 visit of the bloodmo
Elbert B. Panter, Belon D. Han
na, Thomas Ruff, Jr., Marshall N.
Ramsey, Cole L. Whitaker, Robert
S. Bryant, Henry G. Church, George
Dow, Jim Burdette, John S. Mit
chell, Thomas W. Turner, John W.
Hartgrove, W. T. Turner, Sr., Hen
ry L. Jenkins.
Luther C. Brown, Horace C. Rob
inson, Roland E. Conrad, Carl B.
RED CROSS NURSE Sara Prather interviews Henry G. Church,
Carding, after taking his blood sample.
VOLUNTEER WORKERS prepare records and make ready
blood bank containers. From left, Mrs. C. 1). Houser, whose husband
is in Cord Weaving; Bobbie Baldwin, Personnel; Flora Pence, Fire
stone News typist.
Guffey, Thomas B. Ipock, Jr., Wil
liam G. Hicks, Henry F. Sparrow,
Corrie H. Johnson, Luther R. Foy,
Alfred H. Caskey, Alvin V. Riley,
Neil Broadway, Alfred C. Kessell,
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Quality Wins Customers, Makes Jobs Secure
Manufacturei’S who make pro
ducts from yarn and fabrics
such as is supplied by Firestone
Textiles, demand highest quality.
And for a good reason.
Defects in yarn and fabric can
be of a serious nature, which may
call for a visit by a plant tech
nician to the customer’s plant to
investigate complaints. This could
mean expense in time and money
lost, plus delays in production and
poor quality goods from the custo
But such a visit could be educa
tional. Here the technician can see
how the yarn or fabric is processed
and be able to better understand
why top quality is a must.
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TO ILLUSTRATE a particular
defect in a cotton product made at
Firestone, let us suppose that a
customer is buying a plied yarn of
coarse count. He has asked that
the yarn have a high tensile, and
be mostly free of knots and slubs.
Upon receiving the order, he noti
fies Firestone that the yarn has
too many slubs and knots, that be
cause of this the quality of his
product has been lowered.
Someone from our mill is sent
to the customer’s plant to look
into the complaint. He finds that
the plant is weaving tufted ma
terials such as carpets, bedspreads,
towels, and other specialties. The
fabric is tufted on machines up to
208 inches wide. Cones of yarn
from a multiple-end creel are
threaded through needles similar
to those on an ordinary sewing ma
chine. When you consider that slubs
or large knots will break back in
the needles, you can understand
the customer’s problem.
Hi * *
A SLUB is one of the biggest
trouble-makers in cotton yarn.
® on June 7th. Fred Morrow, Jr. was a member of the graduating
ss receiving his B. A. Degree in Business Administration.
^ Mrs. Gene Alexander, main office, recently entertained at her
^ome on Ridge Avenue, her two small sons, Larry and Paul, Jr., with
Psi’ty. The children had refreshments and played games.
. Wo new employees in the Main Office are Mrs. Patricia Jones and
tet Craig, former member of the Payroll Department, has
^ to work during the summer months.
Beatrice McCarter, Main Office, and Howard McCarter, Spin-
W ^ ,^®P^^tment, had as their guest recently, their nephew, Jimmie
of Waynesville, N. C. Also Mr. and Mrs. McCarter had their
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QUALITY CONTROL MANAGER R. B. Hull discusses points
of good workmanship as concerns a section of chafer fabric, here being
inspected by employees of the Spinning Department and Cloth Room.
From left, Hattie Taylor, Margie Waldrop, Bonnie Moses, Mr. Hull
and Minnie Johnson.
especially in the tufting industry.
Also, it is often the culprit in de
fective goods in the weaving, knit
ting and sewing thread trades.
Usually a slub is caused by men
rather than by machines. IIow may
the number of slubs be reduced?
On spoolers or winders by setting
the slub catches very close.
But even in this there is
a danger of chafing the yarn and
increasing the iuunber of knots—
and this can be as serious as slubs
The person on the job can play
a vital role in reducing slubs. The
employee can take care in clean
ing machinery, do a good job in
creeling and piecing up in the card
ing and spinning operations, and
reclaiming and removing defective
roving or yarn from spindles near
broken ends. Above all, attention
to the job and making sure that
equipment is kept in top working
order will go a long way toward
* >|i >!<
QUALITY DEPENDS on ma
chines, but primarily on those who
What happens when a company
maintains highest quality in its
products ? It earns and keeps a
good reputation in the market. It
keeps its old customers while win
ning new ones. It sells goods. And
every one, down the line to the in
dividual worker, has employment
security and the satisfaction of a
job well done.
It cost as much (o make goods
of second quality as it costs to
make them of first quality.