JULY 25, 1955
Mrs. Robert Hall was admitted to Memorial Hospital recently.
Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Johnson of Danville, Va., spent a recent week
end with Mr. and Mrs. Tommie Barton.
Dean Ward, doffer, is a new employee in the Cloth Room.
Mrs. R. C. Wilson of Converse, Ga., is visiting her son, Arthur G.
Wilson and Mrs. Wilson.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Moore are visiting their son and daughter in
Raleigh, N. C.
Spending July 16 and 17 at Camp Firestone were: Mr. and Mrs.
Milton Nichols, Mike, John and Betty Nichols, Mr. and Mrs. R. L.
Jenkins and Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Nichols.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. McAbee spent their vacation with rela
tives in Thomaston, Griffin and Macon, Ga.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gordon Wilson spent one week of vacation
with their son and his family in Sumter, S. C.
Johnnie Nichols of Fairview Baptist Church spent a few days at
Fruitland Bible Camp near Hendersonville, N. C.
Jack Rhyne, Mrs. Rhyne and their son have returned from a
three-week vacation to the West coast. On their vacation they toured
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Moore spent a recent week end in Franklin,
N. C., visiting Mr. Moore’s parents.
Miss Ann Robinson of Wilmington, N. C., spent a week with her
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Robinson, recently.
Those admitted to hospitals recently for treatment were: Mrs.
Bobby Rayfield and Mrs. Louise Long, Memorial; and Kenneth Bell,
Mrs. Edith Martin, respooler, and her family recently visited her
parents in Murphy, N. C.
Mrs. Girthel Conger, winder tender, has returned to work after
several weeks absence due to a tonsillectomy.
E. P. McArver, second hand, spent his vacation at Camp Firestone.
Mrs. Kate Huffstetler spent her vacation at Myrtle Beach, S. C.
Reid Canipe, fixer, spent a week at Daytona Beach, Fla., recently.
Mrs. Hattie Gibbons, winder tender, and family spent a recent
week end at Cherokee, N. C.
Fred Morrow has returned from Camp Firestone, N. C., where he
spent his vacation.
Fred Gorden and his family spent July 16 and 17 in Lake Lure and
Asheville, N. C.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Meeks had as an overnight guest in their
home recently, Mrs. Daisy Young, of Philadelphia, Pa., and Mrs.
Mable Fnyre, of New York, N. Y.
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Volume IV, No. 13, July 25, 1955
Published by The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
Firestone Textiles Division
Gastonia, North Carolina
Department of Public Relations
CLAUDE CALLAWAY, Editor
CARDING—Edna Harris, Jim Ballew, Jessie Westmoreland.
SPINNING—Ray Thomas, Mary Turner, Maude Johnson.
SPOOLING—Nell Bolick, Helen Reel, Rosalee Burger.
TWISTING—Pearl Aldridge, Corrie Johnson, Lorene Owensby,
Dorothy Baber, Dean Haun, and Vera Carswell.
SALES YARN TWISTING—Elmina Bradshaw.
SYC WEAVING—Vivian Bumgardner, Lucille Davis, Sara Davis,
Nina Milton, Juanita McDonald.
CORD WEAVING—Roy Davis, Irene Burroughs, Mary Johnson.
QUALITY CONTROL—Sally Crawford, Leila Rape, and Louella
WINDING—Mayzelle Lewis, Ann Stevenson, and Christine Stroupe.
CLOTH ROOM—Margie Waldrop.
WAREHOUSE—Patsy Haynes, George Harper, Albert Meeks,
PLASTIC DIP—Frances Huffman.
MAIN OFFICE—Mozelle Brockman.
SUPERINTENDENT’S OFFICE—Sue Van Dyke.
PERSONNEL OFFICE—Barbara Abernatliy.
Quality Is Everybody’s Business
★ ★ ★
Suppose you want to buy a suit of clothes. You
read the newspaper ads, visit the stores and check
prices and brands carefully. To you, the suits look
pretty much alike and the prices are about the same.
The sales clerk points out the features of his pro
ducts and then you decide on a suit that appeals to
you in color, type fabric and styling.
YOU TAKE your suit home. Then members of
your family notice a defect in the weave of the ma
terial. Not very noticeable—but yet you feel that
you have had something put over on you. Back the
suit goes to the store and you ask for return on your
money. Maybe a settlement is made in full or the
store allows you a few dollars off the purchase price
so you will keep the merchandise. But you go away
with a feeling of mistrust, and you have lost faith
in the integrity of the store. You may even tell your
friends about the incident.
Now this story may be applied in the selling of
yarn and fabrics to the trade. The manu
facturer always makes sure to send the would-be
customer a sample that has been closely inspected
and tested. Then we, the manufacturer, receive an
order for a big amount of yarn.
NATURALLY, the customer expects this yarn
to compare in every way with the sample furnished
him. We who make the yarn, believe we can produce
the goods that will satisfy. But suppose someone in
the manufacturing process, fails to do his part. Per
haps an intermediate tender fails to remove a doubl
ing on one of the frame spindles. The doubling will
likely run on through the spinning frame, through
the slub catcher on the winder and on into a cone of
Now this cone may be creeled in the knitting
machine at the customer’s plant, and a smash occurs,
causing broken needles, labor costs to fix the ma
chine, and defective cloth. While it may be rare,
such an incident may lead to cancellation on an
order and rejection of a large quantity of yarn. For
this reason, quality is everybody’s business at Fire
stone. Everybody’s business from the supervisor to
the machine operator, the fixer, the oiler, the clean
ers, the roller pickers and the sweepers. Yes, right on
down the line.
LOY CHAMPION, SYC Weaving, shows the
correct way to oil a loom bearing. Oil cans with
automatic feed and long spouts allow application
of just enough oil to properly lubricate the bear
ing, without getting it on the fabric being pro
TRESSIE WEBB, at below right, demon
strates the use of an air-driven roller picking tool
and metal tray which prevents oily lint from con
taminating the yarn in the spinning operation.
CAREFUL OPERATORS make sure their
hands are free from dirt, grease and other im
purities at all times on the job. Here Faye Oakes,
Sales Yarn Winding, uses one of a number of
waterless wash stations located throughout the
WHAT PART does the oiler, sweeper, cleaner
and roller picker play in producing goods of top
quality? Look at the oiler’s job, for an example. A
good oiler takes care to put just enough oil in a
bearing to properly lubricate it, but not enough to
cause it to drip onto the material being produced.
Oil and grease on yarn or fabric is a serious defect
because the product will not bleach or dye properly.
The condition may not be noticed until after the yarn
is woven into fabric. In the case of industrial or
chafer fabrics where the material is to be treated,
the rubber will not stick to fabric when it is stained
with grease or oil.
HOW ABOUT sweepers and cleaners ? They
too, are responsible for quality. Careless practice in
blowing off the frames or the ceiling and overhead
shafting can result in too much contamination of the
yarn and fabric. Oily lint that collects on the ceiling
and accumulated trash on the floor can easily be
blown into the yarn if the frames are not covered,
or if the job is handled in a careless way.
Those who pick lint from rollers use an air tool
that removes the oily lint from the rolls. Also,
operators are provided with a metal tray that catch
es most of the oily lint. The tool and the tray can
be depended upon to do the job, so long as they are
kept in first class condition and are used properly.
Operators, fixers and other workers can ruin
yarn and fabric by touching the materials with oily
and dirty hands. Wash stations in the plant here
allow workers to conveniently cleanse their hands
HOW IMPORTANT it is to keep our yarns and
fabrics free of oil, grease, and other impurities! If
quality falls below our high standard, we are sure
to get complaints from our customers. Then what
happens? Customer dissatisfaction, loss of custo
mer’s good will and fewer orders for our products.
No matter how small the job may seem, every
one contributes to good quality in products made
here. Each person has a most important job to do to
uphold the Firestone slogan, “Best Today, Still