Scout Gets Highest
The God and Country Award,
highest church citation for
Scouting, was presented to
Richard Canipe at First Meth
odist Church in early February.
Making the presentation was the
church pastor, Dr. J. G. Hug-
gin, and associate pastor the
Rev. Clyde Murray, who worked
with Richard in the Scouting
program for the past year.
It was Richard who, last year,
became the 14th outstanding Boy
Scout of the Gastonia area to
receive the Harvey S. Firestone,
Jr. Award for Scouting.
The 16-year-old Eagle Scout,
who has 24 merit badges, is a
member of Troop 35 of Luther
an Chapel Church. The son of
Mr. and Mrs. B. N. Canipe of
203 Beverly drive, Richard has
3,000 MILES IN THE JUNGLE
one of the most outstanding
records as a winner of the top
Firestone award for Scouting.
He scored 425 points—a perfect
record—in the rating program
for the company honor last year.
Hopewell Plant Gets Manager
W. J. Smith has been
named manager of the com
pany’s new plant for produc
tion of synthetic fibers and
resins at Hopewell, Va. The
facility, now in limited op
eration, is expected to be in
full production by late sum
mer. It is now undergoing
extensive expansion and
Mr. Smith has been with the
company’s plastics division since
1944, starting as a development
chemist at the plastics labora
tory in Paterson, N. J. In 1945
he transferred to the Firestone
Rubber & Latex Products Com
pany in Fall River, Mass. A year
later he was appointed manager
of control laboratories at the
Pottstown plastics plant, and in
1951 was named manager of the
plastics development laboratory,
the job he held until his promo
tion to the Hopewell post.
A native of Paterson, N. J.,
Mr. Smith was graduated from
Rutgers University with a bache
lor of science degree in chem
istry in 1944. He is a member
of the American Chemical So
ciety and the Society of Plastics
The plant of which Mr. Smith
is manager was purchased from
the Celanese Corporation last
September. Firestone’s acquisi
tion of this facility represented
the first venture of any rubber
company into full-scale manu
facture of synthetic fibers.
Nylon from Hopewell
Coming to Gastonia
Nylon will be the first syn
thetic fiber produced at Hope-
well. Executive vice president,
James E. Trainer has announced
that initial production of around
1,000,000 pounds of nylon per
month will be shipped to Gas
tonia for processing at Firestone
Textiles. This production will be
devoted primarily to the manu
facture of tire cord, and will fill
about 15 per cent of Firestone’s
requirement of this material.
Other production at the Hope-
well plant will be resins, the
first to be polypropylene, a pro
cess developed by Firestone
scientists as an outgrowth of its
research in Coral rubber. Poly
propylene is used in making a
plastic film similar to the poly
ethylene marketed extensively
as packaging material.
When the company bought the
Hopewell plant last year, chair
man Harvey S. Firestone, Jr.,
announced that the Firestone
Plastics Company at Pottstown,
Pa. had become the Plastics and
Synthetic Fibers Division of the
Firestone Tire & Rubber Com
pany, which took over manage
ment of the Virginia operation.
President of the expanded op
eration is Roger S. Firestone;
executive vice president is Ern
est T. Handley.
March, 1960 Page 8
Nylon ‘Whale’ Hauls Oil To The Amazon
Deep in the South American
jungle, 3,000 miles from the sea,
a “whale” swims on a remote
tributary of the Amazon River.
While in some respects resem
bling the real animal which gave
it its name, this “whale” is made
of nylon and coated with rub
ber. Its business; to transport
diesel fuel down the Coroico and
Kaka Rivers of Bolivia.
The 1,000 - gallon - capacity
tanks like this one are officially
named Fabritanks. They are
Firestone is playing a heavy
role with a light touch in pro
duction of a new beverage case,
with the “light look,” for the
Pepsi-Cola Company. The four-
carton case, first used by bot
tlers in four major cities, will
soon be available to the more
than 500 Pepsi-Cola bottlers in
the United States and abroad.
The case is a joint develop
ment of Firestone, Reynolds
Aluminum Company and the
Pepsi-Cola Company. It is
formed of two identical halves
of extruded aluminum riveted
to form the body. A masonite
base is held by the extruded
channel of the aluminum sides.
Carrying handles are formed by
Side panels have cutaway
areas, so the carton identifica
tion can show, and the name
identification is permanently
stamped into the aluminum,
avoiding loss and misplacement.
The Pepsi-Cola case takes its
place with a long line of metal
products from Firestone’s more
than a half-century in metal
forming and metal finishing.
among the wide diversity of
products which Firestone turns
out for special jobs. The tanks
were originally designed for
storage, rather than transporta
tion of liquids.
South American Placers, Inc.,
recently dredging for gold in
one of the most remote sections
of the Amazon drainage area on
the eastern slopes of the Andes
mountains, adapted the Fabri-
tank to cut fuel transportation
costs 80 per cent.
DIESEL FUEL is pumped
from tank truck or storage tanks
into the Fabritank, first placed
in the river. Diesel fuel is light
er than water, so allows the fill
ed craft to float. After it has
been fiUed, the tank is loosed
and two natives on a balsa raft
follow it downstream.
At destination, the tank is
lifted by a truck crane using
two wide straps made of con
veyor belting. The tank is
placed on a flatbed truck and
hauled to the place where it is
emptied, rolled up and sent back
by plane for another load.
The job field manager plans
to eventually install a pump to
empty the tank without remov
ing it from the river. He ex
plains that the company’s dredg
ing operations are in such a re
mote location that the only al
ternative to the Fabritank
method of hauling fuel would
be by way of expensive air lift.
This Fabritank job proved so
successful that South American
Placers recently ordered two
more units for the jungle opera
Firestone - built "w hale" —
down a tributary of the Amazon
with a load of diesel fuel.
THE HILLS BEYOND
John Love, Father
Funeral for John Love was
held February 9 at Trinity AME
Zion Church of Gastonia, and
burial was in the church ceme
Mr. Love was a member of
the board of stewards and form
er chorister of Trinity church.
Two of his sons work at Fire
stone: Howard, interplant mail;
and Ervin Love of Twisting.
Other survivors include the
widow, Mrs. Faithy Love of the
home on Linwood road; chil
dren—Oscar, Asbury, and Sloan
Love; Mrs. Ila Barber, and Mrs.
Mildred Davie all of Gastonia;
and a brother, the Rev. Samuel
Love of the Pisgah community;
24 grandchildren and 18 great
FROM MRS. WHITAKER . . .
^Thanks... For Helping
When It Was Needed Mosf
Jud Whitaker, who was employed here for 12 years before
illness forced his retirement in 1957, came home to 1116 West
Seventh avenue February 29. He had been in Garrison General
Hospital since late 1959 — first with pneumonia, then with blood
clots which led to amputation of both his legs just below the knees.
To meet the emergency of mounting expenses at the hospital,
many individuals and organizations, including church groups, col
lected money for the patient. Firestone people made an in-plant
contribution in January. Of the amount, $1,177.73 paid Mr. Whit
aker’s hospital account through January 18. The rest of the collec
tion — $257.25 was given to Mrs. Whitaker who works in Splicing
In response to the Firestone employee contribution, Mrs. Whit
aker wrote for the plant newspaper:
“Thanks to each of you who gave when it was needed most.
Though I would like to express appreciation to all of you in person,
this note will reach you to say we appreciate your kindness so
much. I just can’t thank you enough, and I know God will bless
each one of you for what you have done.”
IN ALL ITS FORMS
Water Serves Us Well
Water—like fire—is one of man’s greatest
blessings from God. Also like fire, water can
be a curse if misused. National Wildlife
Week, March 20-26, which coincides with
the beginning of spring, is a good time to
consider this great natural resource.
This year’s Wildlife Week Slogan, “Water
—Key to Your Survival”, calls attention to
a growing problem, because water is es
sential to our well being. In few places is
water as “free as air.”
All living things on earth, from the small
est micro-organism to giant trees, are de
pendent upon the basic resources of soil,
water, air and sunlight. Some creatures, but
not many, may exist with very little water;
but life as we know it is dependent upon
this precious commodity.
Proper management of water truly is of
Essentially, water means life. Water
nourishes the soil and enables it to grow
the things we eat and use. We need water
for drinking purposes and other personal
uses. Water serves men in other ways, too.
It generates power, helps produce an end
less variety of industrial products, provides
transportation, serves many municipal
functions and offers the basic component of
recreations such as fishing, hunting, swim
ming, boating and other water sports. Using
it in such diverse forms as solids (ice and
snow) and vapor (steam), as well as liquid,
water serves man well.
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