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WAREHOUSE TRUCK OPERATORS
Driver Awards Made For 1960
The men who move the goods
on fork-lift and warehouse tow
trucks—in and out of the plant
—build an outstanding record in
safety and performance each
year. And for the past four years
three of the truck operators
each December have been hon
ored as “most outstanding”.
For 1960, the first-place award
went to Arthur Moore. Second
honor went to Ervin Worthy;
and third, to Luther Thompson.
Trucks at the Gastonia plant
move the major volume of in
coming materials for processing
and outgoing products. Besides
this, they carry heavier cargoes
of incoming supplies, outgoing
re-usable waste materials and
other by-products, and shift
goods and supplies in warehouse
A Major Investment
Because of the major property
investment in the trucks cur
rently in use here, and the po
tential danger of their operation,
the company carries on a rigid
program of maintenance, with
emphasis on driver safety per
formance and efficiency.
Out of this program the
awards system was developed.
For the past four years, opera
tors have been selected for the
three top awards on the basis of
each individual’s job-conscious-
ness, safety performance and ef
Among things considered in
the record of each driver were
practice of all safety rules,
alertness and thoughtfulness on
the job, proper maintenance of
vehicle assigned to the operator,
and pride in appearance and
mechanical operation of his
truck. During the past four
years, driver scoring has been
kept through careful observation
of each man on the job, with
records maintained on each op
erator and his machine. Then,
at year’s end records have been
carefully reviewed, to determine
the three top awards.
Point System This Year
A new system of scoring by
points according to a definite
set of rules and operation pro
cedures is in effect for 1961.
Safety supervisor Ralph John
son explains that under this
program each truck operator re
ceived a “gift” of 1,000 points to
“start him off right” at the be
ginning of the year. For each
The Company Makes Tires For Toys
Children may take pretty much for granted the tires on their
wheeled toys. But the rubber industry does not.
Semi-pneumatic tires on toys, children’s wagons, tricycles,
scooters and similar paly-rigs rank only behind passenger and truck
tires in volume of production.
Company vice president L. J. Campbell says that Firestone
produces more than 10,000,000 semi-pneumatics every year for
toys and other applications.
(on truck) re
ceives a $25 US
supervisor F. T.
Worthy, who re
ceived $10 for
Thompson, $5 for
Looking on (ex
treme left): safe
day he operates safely he will
earn 20 points, and an additional
10 points if he keeps proper
maintenance of his truck that
In negative performance, the
new system has 12 major areas
in which a driver can be pen
alized points “spelled out’' ac
cording to a definite set of rules.
A special bulletin board in the
warehouse area keeps all op
erators posted on their individu
al point standings. Total points
earned by the end of the year
will determine the driver
As a part of the truck opera
tion program here a “roadeo”
performance was staged one day
the past summer, when oper
ators plied their skill in driving
a difficult obstacle course. This
practice in safety and good per
formance has been scheduled as
an every-summer event.
$14,000 To Make A Job
To create just one job in U. S. manufacturing indus
try, it takes more than $14,000 invested in buildings,
equipment and tools. The money, w^hich comes from
peoples’ savings, is thus invested in faith, toward
realizing a profit.
If this profit materializes, the employer pays divi
dends on shares, and re-invests much of what is left
to keep the business operating.
If the company operates efficiently, it is able to
provide its customers with products and services they
want, and at prices they are willing to pay.
The business has made a profit, if there is money
left over after bills for salaries, wages, raw materials,
depreciation and taxes are paid.
A portion of the profit rightfully belongs to share
holders who risked their savings by investing in the
business. Then a portion is invariably left in the
business for expansion of buildings, equipment and
tools—which-makes-possible still-more—jobs;— ———
JANUARY, 1961 Page 2
This article is one in a
series dealing with agencies
which share in the Greater
Gastonia United Fund dur
ing 1961. The local UF budget
allocation for the USO this
year is $2,652.
Through the USO, your
contribution benefits those
you know who are away
from home, as well as many
others in the Armed Services
who represent the "home
'with American Armed Forces
wherever they go
The USO (United Service Organizations) will be 20
years old February 4. With no “shooting” war on, this may
come as a surprise to some. But with many a news story
bearing the threat of armed conflict, we are reminded
that this is a “cold war” struggle in which America is
under attack—morally, spiritually and ideologically.
Today, two and one-half million men and women are
serving in the armed forces. More than a million are on
armed patrol overseas. They have gone from every section
of the nation to far-off places where different languages
and customs remove them from the way of life they knew
They are on constant alert on strange ground, sea and
air. Their hands are on a trigger we hope will never be
When they seek well-earned relaxation in nearby
civilian communities, where do they go and what kind of
welcome do they find?
Who And What Is The USO?
It is the bridge between our military personnel and
civilian populations at home and abroad. Early in 1941,
when the war threatened the United States, far-sighted
men and women, with memories and experiences of
World War I, met with leaders of six major agencies
representative of the three great faiths of America, and
non-sectarian groups, dedicated to the social welfare of
our people. So came the USO, a volunteer civilian organi
zation through which Americans serve the spiritual, social
welfare and educational needs of U. S. Armed Forces
The USO is a federation of the YMCA, YWCA, Na
tional Catholic Community Service, National Jewish Wel
fare Board, The Salvation Army and National Travelers
Aid Association. It serves by operating off-base clubs,
lounges and centers where needed, and by providing USO
show troupes for touring in American military commands
USO is not—and cannot be—a military operation. It is
a vital factor in maintenance of military morale.
In the civilian community the serviceman learns
whether he is wanted or unwanted. And in service, if the
only welcome he gets is in the nearest tavern and by
questionable company seeking his exploitation, trouble
is brewing for him, his command, and for the moral fiber
of the youth of his nation.
USO recognizes that these are the youngsters to
whom their country has given great responsibility—and
temptations. It is here where AWOLs will rise or fall;
where venereal disease will be contracted or avoided;
where costly “incidents” with the civilian populations will
or will not occur—where attitudes and moral stamina
will be strengthened or weakened.
The USO today operates more than 240 clubs in the
United States in communities near large military train
ing centers, at leave-and-travel points; and in more than
two dozen foreign countries and territories.
Last year, the services of some 40,000 civilian volun
teers, and citizens’ financial support through United
Funds and Community Chests made possible thousands of
visits to USO clubs and servings at snack bars; locating
of suitable housing for thousands of dependent GI fami
lies and accommodations for GIs; and a counselling serv
ice for servicemen’s families.
“There is more than the inherent warmth in the mil
lions of cups of coffee the USO serves GIs around the
world”, someone has observed. “It is a tangible symbol
that somebody cares back home. It is a voluntary eX'
pression of ‘Main Street’ America’s concern for its sons
and daughters. It cannot be done by ‘the military’ or ‘the
government’ ”. That would take away its spirit and basic
Shows: Living Link With Home
The 20 million veterans of World War II and Korea
who saw “live entertainment” from home, playing the
jungles of China-Burma-India, on the “cow-pasture cir
cuit” in Normandy, on remote islands and bases around
the world, will tell you what a “lift” USO shows can be.
And the USO continues the same service for men and
women in the “cold war” of the 1960s. USO shows have
given entertainment for audiences in some of the world’s
most inaccessible places. Since their beginning in 1941,
USO troupes have given almost a half million perform
ances for an aggregate GI audience of 240 million.
Today, USO shows are giving more than 2,000 per
formances to overseas GI audiences of around a million
troops each year.
As the USO continues to serve in its several capaci
ties, tens of thousands of volunteers stand ready to carry
on its work on behalf of our millions in uniform now-'
and those to be called to service, so long as military alert'
ness must continue in the present world crisis.
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