APRIL, 1959 Tir^^fone SsJIlWi PAGE 3 V'-*. ^ r Freedoms Foundation Honors Nine Firestone Newspapers The George Washington Hon or Medal presented to Firestone recently by the Freedoms Foun dation of Valley Forge, Pa., is the third such award paying tribute to outstanding accomp lishments of the company’s plant newspapers in the United States. The gold medal, given in the employee publications category of the annual awards program of the Foundation, recognized the nine domestic plant papers as the “outstanding corporation publications in conveying deep appreciation for the American Way of Life to employees and to their communities.’' ☆ ☆ Joseph A. Meek (right), Fire- slone vice president in charge of production, looks over the Free doms Foundation award for his company, with Dr. Kenneth D. Wells (center), president of the Foundation; and Admiral Arthur W. Radford, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a trustee of the Foundation. A committee of 30 selected the awards from publications repre senting more than 900 com panies. Among judges were 10 chief justices of state supreme courts, 10 presidents of patriotic organizations, and 10 presidents of service groups. The Foundation makes the awards each year to citizens, or ganizations, and schools for their contribution to a better under standing of the American Way of Life. Firestone publications previ ously received top recognition for accomplishments during 1952 and 1953. They have been hon ored with awards from the Foundation for each year since 1951. Last year a “distinguished service plaque” recognized the company’s having received awards in seven of the nine awards programs which the Foundation had conducted up to that time. Employee papers are under di rection of the various plant man agers, and the company public relations department at the home offices in Akron, Ohio. A. E. Brubacker is director of public relations and Mary Kerrigan is supervisor of employee publica tions. In addition to Firestone News at Gastonia, company publica tions sharing in the award are issued at plants in Akron, Ohio, Los Angeles, Calif., Memphis, Tenn., Pottstown, Pa., Fall River, Mass., Nobles ville, Ind., Des Moines, Iowa, and Wyandotte, Mich. Chairman’s Article Reader’s Digest Company chairman Harvey S. Firestone Jr., and national chair man of United Service Organiza tions (USO), is author of an ar ticle appearing in the April is sue of “Reader’s Digest.” In the article, entitled “No One Is Alone,” Mr. Firestone points out the importance of the USO and magazines like “Read er’s Digest” in the field of in ternational understanding. The article, on the inside front cover of the magazine, was timed to appear during the an nual observance of USO month in April. Textile Students Tour Plant Several students and two instructors from the North Carolina Vocational Textile School at Belmont had a look at cotton and synthetic proc esses at Firestone in late March. The students, most of whom are employed in textile mills of the two Carolinas, attend the Belmont school in morning, afternoon and evening class “shifts.” The Vocational Textile School is a state insti tution, offering instruction tuition-free to resi dents of North Carolina. Out-of-state students and armed forces veterans pay tuition which is figured on the actual cost of operating the school. The price of textbooks runs from $13 to $19. Repeating courses at the school include Yarn Manufacturing, Weaving and Designing, Knit ting, Mill Maintenance (Machine Shop), and Tailoring. For entrance, students must be at least 16 years old, and are not required to have a high school education. Chris E. Folk, the prin cipal, points out that it is generally considered an eighth-grade education is required, although some students under that educational attainment have done acceptable work, “If a person has ability and a desire to learn and will give his wholehearted cooperation, he will absorb the in struction, and certainly make the practical ap plications,” says Mr. Folk. Class schedules at NCVTS are arranged so that a person working in mills and factories within commuting distances of Belmont may put in a regular shift, attend classes, and still have part of the day at home with the family. The pictures here were made of the textile school visitors during their look at both production divisions of the plant. They were divided into two groups for a morning and an afternoon tour, one conducted by Raymond Mack of Quality Control, the other, by Samuel Crawford, plant protection officer. Below, from left: Vernon Heffner, Hoyle Brown, and Cecil Carpenter, all of Belmont, were interested in the safety posters at heavy-traffic points along the production line. James Arp, Belmont, and James Helms, Concord, checked the weight of one of the larger packages of nylon yarn. This group studied the fiber properties of cotton sliver in the Carding department. From left—Gary Wilson, Gastonia; Tommie H. Spinks, Fort Mill, S. C.; Ray Rowland, Gastonia; Verner L. Hovis, Cramerton; Leland Andrews and Bobby Abee of Gastonia; and Marshall Camp, Kings Mountain. ■■■ mm Bottom, from left: Bobby Rudisill, Cramerton; James Cannon, Belmont; and Kenneth Clubb, Cramerton, studied a package of monofilament, a plastic yarn. The commemorative book of Firestone's first 20 years in Gastonia interested Arthur Crocker, Pine- ville; William Brown, Fort Mill, S. C.; and Eulan Mellon, Kannapolis. Examining packages of nylon cable from doff boxes: Bobby Weathers, Belmont; Harold Spake and John E. Clary of Shelby; Marvin Gilbert, Lincolnton. Firestone weaver Raymond Varnadore explains his part in the production of high-qualiiy synthetic tire fabric, to Robert London, Kannapolis; and NCVTS instructors B. W. Gillespie and J. R. Young.

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