We remember belter the weak ness in which a man started, than the strength to which he has grown.—Baltasar Gracian Tir«$ton« MJIW GASTONIA A man who lives by himself and for himself is apt to be corrupted by the company he keeps. —Walter Scott VOLUME V GASTONIA, N. C., MAY, 1956 NO. 5 Purchase Of Bonds Now 97.1 Per Cent ☆ ☆ ☆ PRIZE-WINNING CONTESTANTS — Cramer Little. Shop lathe operator, receives from Plant Engineer W. G. Henson, Sr., a Savings Bond for $100 for his first-place letter in the Savings Bond Contest. Others in the picture, Mrs. Rosie Fran- cum. Shop clerk; and Earl Clark, Rayon Twisting, each received a $50 Bond for their second and third-place letters on "Why Firestone Employees Should Purchase U.S. Savings Bonds." Have Your Car Safety Checked, May 14-19 May 14 through 19 is a good time for employees to take a look at the equipment on the family car. This is the time period set for the free, voluntary ft^otor vehicle safety check pro gram in Gastonia. The safety check program is being sponsored by the Gastonia City Police Department, in co operation with the North Caro lina Motor Vehicle Department, the Inter-Industry Highway Safety Committee, Look Mag azine, and the National Safety Council. Items included in the inspec tion are: Brakes, front and rear lights, steering, tires, exhaust, glass, windshield wipers, rear view mirror, and horn. Five inspection stations have been set up throughout Gas tonia. At each station a qualified mechanic and helper personnel from Gaston Technical institute will carry out the car check. The following inspection sta tions have been announced: West Franklin avenue, 1600 block; East Franklin avenue. 100 block; West Second avenue, 600 block at Todd Field; North Chester street, 300 block; Jack son Road. 1200 and 1300 block. SEVERAL PRIZES will be awarded on lucky numbers from tickets given the car owners at the time of inspection. Slogans for the car-check week are; “Check your car— check accidents,” and “Today’s inspection — tomorrow’s protec- tection.” The car examination is for the purpose of looking over the 10 items likely to cause acci dents. Cars which pass the 10- point exam will be provided with a windshield sticker. Others whose cars fail to meet the standards may correct the faulty equipment and have the cars inspected again. —Turn to page 2 Three Win In Contest The March 26-April 4 drive at the plant brought to 97.1 per cent employees’ subscription to the Payroll Savings Plan of pur chasing U.S. Savings Bonds. This attainment set an all-time record here. The recent campaign was the second Company-wide bond- selling effort in which the plant has participated. In 1951 employees subscribed 80 per cent to the Plan and for the accomplishment received the Treasury Award. A plant-wide drive conducted in 1953 boosted participation 22 per cent over the high level attained in 1951. In the bond-sales effort recently ended, 26 volunteer workers from among the employees helped to contact in person every em ployee. THIRTEEN DEPARTMENTS subscribed 100 per cent to the drive. They are: Spooling, Winding, Nylon Treating, Ply Twisting, Ply Respooling, Shop, Warehouse, Laboratory and Quality Control, Cotton Office, Shipping, Personnel, Recreation, Refreshment. “I wish to express my sincere appreciation to everyone at the plant for the splendid cooperation during the Bond campaign,” said O. K. Forrester, overseer in Spooling and Winding and chair man of the drive. “We did not set a goal to be reached, and the response indi cates that our people are convinced of the wisdom of saving a portion of their earnings through the systematic payroll Plan,” Mr. Forrester added. IN THE LETTER-WRITING contest during the drive on “Why Buy Bonds”, three winners of prizes were named. They are: Cramer L. Little, Shop, first prize; Mrs. Rosie Francum, Shop clerk, sec ond; and Earl Clark, Rayon Twisting, third. Contest rules allowed that if winners were Bond subscribers the amount of the prize in —Turn to page 5 Sii^estion On Waste Control Pays $850 When James Reel, 1219 South Madison street, turned in his first suggestion to the Company Suggestion Awards System, he “never dreamed” it would pay him off at the rate of better than $53 per word. His suggestion, which will help reduce waste in the creeling operation for weaving rayon and nylon cord fabrics, was contained in just 16 words. The payment of $850 is the highest monetary award for a single suggestion ever to be given at any textile plant of the Firestone Company. The suggestion winner is a head creeler on the first shift of Synthetic Weaving. He first came to work at Firestone in 1937. For a time he was a weaver in the plant, but has been on his present assignment approximately 5 years. His check was awarded at the 20th Annual All- Sports Banquet, April 14. Up to that time the high-paying suggestion was the only one he had ever made. Company Offers Dormitories For Use As YMCA Facility The Company has announced that it is willing to donate Its two dormitory buildings, center recreation building and Wd on which they are located to the citizens of Gastonia to provide a Young Men’s Christian Association here. General Manager Harold was made public on April 18, it Mercer in making the announce ment of the Company offer, said: “We believe that the people Gastonia will profit immeas- ^^'eably by a community YMCA. will contribute to the mental, Physical, and spiritual welfare both its youth and adults.” The Company property, in ^^ont of the plant, includes the t^Vo buildings formerly used as dormitories, the center structure ^onnecting them. The land runs feet on Dalton Street and I4 feet on Firestone Boulevard. Firestone’s gift offer includes buildings and equipment. When the gift announcement appeared that the next step in providing a YMCA for Gas tonia would be the appointment of a citizens’ committee and the making of plans for a fund-rais ing drive. Named Officers In Woman’s Club Two women from Firestone families are among officers re cently named by the welfare de partment of the Woman’s Club. They are Mrs. James M. Cooper, chairman; and Mrs. E. J. Mechem, treasurer. AN IDEA PAYS OFF—General Manager Harold Mercer presents a check to James Reel, second from left. Synthetics Weaving head creel er, for his suggestion on waste reduction in rayon and nylon cord. Looking on are, at left, Clyde Moss, Assistant to the General Superintendent: at right, William Gates, Assistant Superintendent, Synthetics Division.

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