February 15, 1957
FIRESTONE CONTINUES to be one of the Armed Forces’
leading suppliers of many items, including guided missiles produced
at Los Angeles. Members of the Board of Directors are shown beside
one of the missiles during a meeting there in September. From the
front: Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., Raymond C. Firestone, Leonard K.
Firestone, Roger S. Firestone, Lee R. Jackson, James E. Trainer,
John J. Shea and Harvey H. Hollinger.
IN PLASTICS during the year products introduced included
improved rigid Velon sheeting and additional Exon vinyl resin com
pounds. Here a model shows a raincoat and hat made of Firestone
AGAIN, last year, Firestone tires were on the winning cars in
all national championship race car events and in most stock car and
sports car races. For the thirty-third consecutive time, Firestone tires
were on the winning car in the 500-mile Indianapolis sweepstakes, and
for the twenty-eighth consecutive time on the car which won the
Pikes Peak Climb. Here Raymond C. Firestone congratulates the
Indianapolis winner, Pat Flaherty.
The continuous service records of employees m our Akron plants,
for example, revealed that thirty-one per cent of our factory and office
employees have been with the Company twenty years or more, and seventy-
nine per cent, five years or more. The service records of all our employees
in the United States reveal that eleven per cent have been with the
Company twenty years or more, and sixty per cent, five years or more.
Our Military Service Bureau is in contact with 675 Firestone em
ployees who are on leaves of absence while serving our country in the
Armed Forces, and we sent to each of them a gift box at Christmas time.
THE ACCIDENT FREQUENCY rate for the fiscal year ending
October 31 was 1.2, substantially below the 1955 rubber industry average
of 3.5. Many special awards and honors were given by the National Safety
Council to our plants for their safety records. Pottstown and Des Moines
have set new safety records for their own plants. As of January 14, Potts
town had worked a total of 5,275,000 man-hours without a lost time
accident since January 24, 1956, and Des Moines, 5,685,000 hours since
A total of 50,543 men and women of Firestone and 116,397 depend
ents now are protected by our employees’ group insurance plan which for
the year paid out a total of $7,562,326. Of this amount, $1,347,950 was in
death benefits and $6,214,376 in disability and hospitalization.
Firestone employees in Akron contributed 1,512 pints of blood to
the Red' Cross, establishing an average of 137 pints a day against a quota
of 125 pints. Other Firestone plants also are participating in this very
worthy national program.
FUEL CELLS required for just one B-52 bomber are shown in a test area at the Los Angeles plant, where they
are produced. Seventy fuel cells are needed for each bomber. r > j