Firestone Officials in Gastonia

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Subject: Firestone executives and managers

Decade: 1940s

Subcollection: Working at Firestone

Black and white photo of news clipping regarding Firestone officials’ visit to the Firestone Mill in Gastonia, NC

Transcription: In the above picture appear officials of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company of Akron, Ohio, who Saturday visited the Gastonia Firestone Plant. The visitors arrived by plane Saturday morning and spent the day observing the Firestone community and making a tour of the plant. While here Mr Thomas commented on the magnificent job done by industry for the war effort and expressed enthusiasm over the postwar outlook for Firestone products. Raymond C. Firestone, who accompanied the Akron officials, was recently a major in the Army Air Corps but was relieved from active duty in order in return to the important job of producing tires which are badly needed by the armed forces. Standing, front row, left to right: J.E. Tralmer, vice president in charge of productive; Raymond C Firestone, general manager, Firestone Tire and Rubber Company of Tennessee, Memphis, Tenn.; John W Thomas, chairman of the board, the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company; WA Karl, head of fabric division; Harold Mercer, vice president and general manager, Firestone Textiles Inc, Gastonia; back row, left to right, Nelson Kessell, general superintendent, Firestone Textiles, Inc, Gastonia; HJ Gibson, secretary to Mr Thomas
City & County: Gastonia (N.C.); Gaston County (N.C.)
Contributor: Lucy R. Penegar Collection