IN THE FIELD of industrial safety, the company had its most
outstanding year. For the ninth time since 1945, the National Safety
Council awarded to Firestone, on a company-wide basis, its highest
citation, the Award of Honor. Shown with the award are division
representatives and company officials. Seated, left to right, J. W.
Maples, M. R. Batche, J. E. Trainer, Glen D. Cross. Standing, left
to right, P. P. Crisp, W. K. Adkins, R. M. Sawyer, W. D. Waugh,
H. H. Wiedenmann, L. J. Campbell, J. A. Meek and A. D. Miller.
THE “VOICE OF FIRESTONE,” the oldest coast-to-coast broad
cast, became the first program to begin 30 consecutive years on the
air. Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. (third from left) receives a scroll from
Rise Stevens, noted opera star, at a reception celebrating the occasion.
Left to right, Richard Tucker, Metropolitan Opera star; Miss Stevens,
Mr. Firestone, Mildred Miller, also a Metropolitan star; Howard Bar-
low, conductor of the Firestone orchestra and chorus; and Heidi Krall,
well-known singing star.
IMPORTANT MILESTONES in the his
tories of seven Firestone plants were ap
propriately marked during the year. Left—
The Memphis plant celebrated its 20th anni
versary and the production of its 70 millionth
tire. Paul Borda (left), plant manager,
watches Paul Parker paint the number on
the tire. The Pottstown plant produced its 50
millionth tire and Des Moines manufactured
its 20 millionth. The Lake Charles plant
made its one millionth ton of rubber.
CENTER—Firestone employees in Akron
contributed 1,879 pints of blood to the Red
Cross, establishing an average of 157 pints
a day against a quota of 125 pints. Other
Firestone plants are also participating in
this very worthy national program. Avis
Wenrick and Marilyn Studt, blood donors,
are shown here with H. H. Moore.
RIGHT—The continuous service records
of employees in our Akron plants reveal that
thirty-three per cent of factory and office
employees have been with the company
twenty years or more, and eighty-five per
cent, five years or more. Jeannette Hammel
observed her 45th anniversary and received
congratulations from Raymond C. Firestone
(left) and John J. Shea.
YOUTH ACTIVITIES are encouraged by
all Firestone plants. The company continued
to co-operate with and support such youth
organizations as Future Farmers of America,
Boy Scouts and 4-H Clubs. At left Raymond
C. Firestone is shown with the Star Farmer
of America, Clarence C. Chappell, Jr. (front
left), and the three other regional Star
CENTER—John Gathercole of the Des
Moines plant instructs two Scouts in rolling
RIGHT—Last year the company awarded
960 to employees for 4,277 suggestions
adopted under the suggestion program. The
highest award of the year was for $1,775,
presented to Hugh Skelly (right) of the Fall
River, Mass., plant for his suggestion which
resulted in a saving of material in the manu
facture of crash pads for automobiles.
Charles J. McCready, plant manager, pre
sents the award.