cun.I Back-To-School—Another Reason For Driving Safely $Millions For Expansion —Page 2 York, S. C., Employees' Home- town —Page 3 Russian Scientist the People's Servant —Page 7 Tir«$ton« GASTONIA U.S. T E XTI LE S Working for a 'Better America VOLUME VIII GASTONIA, N. C„ SEPTEMBER, 1959 Number 10 PRIZED POSSESSION—Admiring the symbol of National Safety Council's highest award are Nelson Kessell, general super intendent (seated), and (from left) F. B. Galligan, Cotton Division superintendent; L. B. McAbee, assistant Industrial Relations direc tor; A. V. Riley, safety director. OCTOBER 16-17 Flower Show Plans Made “Roses, Dahlias, Chrysan themums and Others” is theme of the autumn Stand ard Flower Show to be stag ed at the plant Recreation Center in October. Mrs. Henry Chastain of Weaving (cotton), publicity chairman, has announced ex hibit hours for 2-9 p.m. on Friday, October 16; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday the 17th. The show, sponsored by the Firestone Variety Garden Club, will have approval of the North Carolina Federation of Garden Clubs. Entries will be apprais- ‘Rear View Mirror’ On Top Listing “Through a Rear View Mir ror,” a Firestone color sound film, is on a list of 50 outstand ing TV films, selected recently in a survey of television pro gram directors conducted by Variety, the show business news paper. In “Rear View Mirror” the story of the development of the automobile is related in folk songs by a balladier, reminiscing as he follows the 1957 Glidden Tour of antique cars to Wil liamsburg, Va. This film, along with other Firestone movies, is available at no cost other than return post age for use by schools, churches, clubs and neighborhood groups. Information on films may be had through the plant’s depart ment of Industrial Relations. ed by Federation-a p p r o v e d judges from various parts of the State. Aim of the show is “to pro mote general knowledge and understanding of, and the varied uses of horticulture; conserva tion and suitability; and a love for things of Nature.'’ —More on Page 5 For Safety Performance: NSC Award Of Honor Firestone in Gastonia is be coming known more and more for its outstanding pro gram of accident control on the job. Latest recognition of the plant’s top safety per formance is the National Safety Council’s Award of Honor. A letter of presentation from NSC president Howard Pyle confirmed the plant’s title to the award because people on the job here had completed 3,930,809 produc tion manhours without a dis abling injury. This record of operation covered the period of September 1, 1958 to July 1, 1959. The National Safety Council gives member organizations four Maybe Polyester Tire Fabric? Polyester fibres such as Da cron and Terylene soon could take their place with cord ma terials used today as a fabric for use in tire construction. This conclusion came at the end of one phase of a research pro gram carried out by Firestone scientists since the coming of synthetic fibres, and after more than a million test miles had been logged on tires built with these new man-made cords. Research centered on a wide range of fibres, including the acrylics, all of which except the polyesters were eliminated in early tests. “Our research proves that Dacron and Terylene as tiJre cords are equal or superior to any fabric now used in premium tires,” president Raymond C. Firestone said. The new cords compare favorably in strength with any cord in use today. Tires built of these cords give increas ed mileage and an improved ride,” he added. Five Gallons Black, Fifty Of Aluminum Polyesters combine the best performance characteristics of those fibres now used in the building of tires. The fibres stood up well under tests for ad hesion, strength and flex fatigue resistance, company scientists found. Firestone’s next development stage will be the equipping of fleets in various parts of the country with Dacron and Tery lene tires. Results will then be compared with earlier findings for further evaluation of the new cord material. types of awards to recognize outstanding achievement in ac cident prevention. The Award of Honor is the highest of these presentations. Others are the Award of Merit, Certificate of Commendation, and the Presi dent’s Letter. The more than 3,000,000 man- hours without a lost-time in jury served to recall the his toric figure of 9,217,145 no-in jury manhours attained here a number of years ago. That was a world record in the textile in dustry. A Push Toward Victory In Interplant Contest Moreover, the safety record which won for the plant the NSC Award of Honor heighten ed interest in another goal—win ning the long-range interplant safety contest, now underway. This rivalry involves the three North American textile factories of the company. —More on Page 4 In late August workmen scal ed the more than 160 feet of the plant’s water-storage tower, to give the giant bucket and its supports a regular inside-out- side repair and paint job. The tank, its highest point standing some 62 feet above the fifth floor of the mill, received an inside wax coat as protection against erosion, which also in sures maximum life of the aluminum paint on the outside. It had been seven years since the last workover for the tower. Erected in 1902, it has a ca pacity of 100,000 gallons. Water stored here is primarily for fire protection. It comes from wells on the plant property and the roof-drain which is stored in the 3-million-gallon reservoir be hind the mill. September Trijles ^iVith Summer September Down South is a month of many moods—a changeover from hot to cool, from earth’s green freshness to the first crisp tints of autumn splendor. While the Ninth Month still trifles with summer weather, a mighty inviting thing is an old water pump—like this one on the Dallas-High Shoals highway. Here, Teresia Hoyle “lifts” a cooling sip for Harriet McClure, while Har riet’s sister Shelby (right) and Teresia’s sister Carol wait their turn. The Hoyle girls’ mother is Mrs. Donald Hoyle, inspector in Quality Control. The McClure sisters are granddaughters of Mrs. Charlie McClure, splicer in Weav ing (synthetics).

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