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We all have weaknesses. I have
figured that others have to put up
with mine so tolerably that I
would be much less than fair not
to make a reasonable discount for
—William Allen White
Think not of the amount to be
accomplished, the difficulties to be
overcome, but set earnestly at the
little task at your elbow, letting
that be sufficient for the day.
GASTONIA, N. C., JANUARY, 1958
The Payoff: Prizes And Cash
For Approved Suggestions
During the first three months of the “Prizes-Plus-
Money” Suggestion Program here, eight persons in six de
partments received attractive premiums in addition to the
regular cash awards for approved ideas they submitted.
They are: George Honeycutt and Roy Ward, Cotton
Weaving; Woodrow Wooten, Quality Control; Horace Robin
son and Howard Carson, Shop; George Jackson, Jr., Ware
house; Roland Conrad, Rayon Weaving; John R. Carson,
The six-month program, in
tended to stimulate added in
terest in the Suggestion Awards
System, will continue through
March 31. Each usable idea turn
ed in from last October 1
through the deadline date in
March will earn for the em
ployee an attractive, useful prize
of his choice, to be selected from
among five premiums in stock
at the Industrial Relations of
fice. These are in addition to
the cash award paid for an ap
proved idea, determined by the
value of the suggestion.
GIFTS from which to choose
are: Desk pen mounted on Fire
stone earth-moving tire model,
man’s leather wallet, ballpoint
pen and mechanical pencil set,
cigarette lighter, and a small
pocket case containing nail clip
per, nail file, bottle opener and
small utility knife.
Ideas eligible for premiums
must be submitted during the
period from last October 1
through March 31. Official dates
on suggestions turned in will be
considered those on which ideas
are actually received by the Sug
For each approved suggestion,
the person turning it in will have
the choice of one of the five
standard premiums which are
posted in photographs on all
Suggestion receptacles through
out the plant.
It is not necessary that sug
gestions be adopted within the
six-month period through March,
in order to be eligible for prem
iums—just so long as they are
turned in within the stated
There is no limit as to the
number of premiums any em
ployee may earn under this
After the suggestor receives
the regular money award for his
approved idea, he may pick up
the premium of his choice at the
Industrial Relations office.
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THE FACE OF WINTER
In a climate where “shirt-sleeve” weather
can occur even in January, the hush of a
winter wonderland seems far away. This
location, a little more than a two-hour drive
from Gastonia, was photographed for Fire
stone News in a portion of the State where
recent snows reached as much as 18 inches
The scene is published here in hopes it
will bring a touch of nostalgia to the first
few days of your New Year. Maybe some
Firestone people will recognize the country
side look near the community of Foscoe, in
the shadow of Grandfather Mountain.
Scholarship Application Forms At IR Office
The Industrial Relations office is receiving applications
for the 1958 Firestone College Scholarship awards to em
ployees’ sons and daughters who are high school seniors
Blank forms and information on the Scholarship pro
gram have been available at the IR office since early Decem
ber. High school seniors who are interested in applying, may
stop by the office, or may have their parents pick up the
instructions and blanks for them.
INCENTIVE—Woodrow Wooten (left). Quality Control labora
tory, chooses a desk pen mounted on a Firestone tire model, as
©xtra payment for suggesting that a safety guard be placed on a
machine in the Nylon Treating Unit. His suggestion put him among
ihe first eight persons to receive gifts in addition to the regular
cash payment for ideas submitted during the past three months.
L. B. McAbee of the Industrial Relations department presented
Progress Issue In February
The 1957 year-end report to stockholders by Company
Chairman Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., will be made available
to employees through the special annual issue of Firestone
The Gastonia edition of the publication will be mailed
to employees of Firestone Textiles around February 15. This
edition of Firestone News is published in Akron by the staff
of the Firestone Non-Skid. It will highlight significant points
of the Company’s progress during the past year.
Some photographs from the Gastonia plant will be in
cluded in the special issue in February.
To be eligible for the 1958
awards, the applicant must be a
senior in high school. Moreover,
the applicant must have a grade
average that places him or her
in the upper half of the school.
THE PARENT of an applicant
must have five or more years of
continuous service as a Firestone
employee. Only children of those
employees whose average base
pay does not exceed $800 a
month will be eligible.
Each Scholarship award pays
the cost of full tuition, fees and
books and a substantial part of
living expenses at the approv
ed school of the student’s choice.
Started four years ago, the
award program provides for
Scholarships to be granted each
year to high school seniors on the
basis of proportionate employ
ment throughout the United
Application deadline date this
year is March 1.
Under the Scholarship plan,
the Company makes possible
educational assistance to the re
cipient through the normal four-
year period required to finish
studies for a college degree. But
the Scholarships are awarded on
an annual basis, with renewal
depending upon the student’s
maintaining satisfactory scholas
tic and personal performance
SINCE 1956, the American
Council of Education Psycho
logical Examination has been a
part of the application screening.
This test will be sent directly to
the principal in whose school the
applicant is enrolled.
Because scholarships are given
out to various sections of the
country on the basis of pro-
—More on Page 5
Scholarship Plan Means Opportunity
One of the activities of our Company of which we are
very proud, and one that is gratifying to us, is the Firestone
Started by our Company in 1953, the program is designed
to encourage and help worthy sons and daughters of Fire
stone employees, that they might receive advanced educa
tion, which will further help them throughout life.
Today—as never before—business, industry and our
many professions need men and women with higher educa
tions. And this need will increase.
Each employee has a responsibility to see that no quali
fied son or daughter of an employee is overlooked, in bring
ing before them the opportunity of our Scholarship plan.
It is my hope that every eligible son or daughter will
be familiarized with this program, so that he or she can
submit an application no later than March 1.
The Scholarship program is described in a booklet, avail
able to all interested parents. This year, I hope that more
sons and daughters of Firestone employees will apply for the
Scholarships than ever before.
Raymond C. Firestone
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