Publication: Crockery & Glass Journal
New York, NY, United States
GLASS MANUFACTURERS MEET AT ATLANTIC CITY.
Forty-fourth Annual Convention of Flint and Lime Glass Manufacturers Held at
Marlborough-Blenheim. Wage Conferences Now in Progress.
THE coolness of the atmosphere at America's premier seaside resort on Monday made it ideal for convention purposes, and when President Marshall W. Gleason called the meeting to order shortly after 2 p.m. the members of the organization appeared genuinely glad they were there, rather than its being just a mere matter of duty with them. There was about the usual attendance in numbers, with a few of the familiar faces missing, who, however, will probably be in evidence later at the wage conference.
Contrary to the contemplated programme of "no speakers," Mr. Gleason announced that he had since reconsidered the matter, and took pleasure in introducing Colonel H. C. Boyden, of the Portland Cement Association, Chicago, whom he thought had something well worth listening to on concrete construction. And it proved to be so, judging from the attention he received and the number of questions that the manufacturers put to him at the conclusion of his address.
Colonel Boyden prefaced his talk with the remark that his Association had nothing to sell, and that it had nothing to do with cement promotion except educate the manufacturer on the right use of concrete.
The points in his paper, entitled "Concrete and its Relation to Plant Efficiency." which most absorbed the attention of glass manufacturers were as follows:
"The proper housing of a manufacturing plant has a great influence on its production and the cost of production. Plants house in frame or other types of structures subject to deterioration, with consequent frequent repairs; to fire risks, with danger of complete or partial shut down; are inefficient. A concrete building requires almost no maintenance; hence no delays and disturbance of routine during repairs, commands a low rate of insurance, thereby reducing plant charge against production.
"One of the large factors entering into the cost of manufacture of any article is the handling and transportation of the raw material used for its manufacture and of the article itself after it is finished. Consider the efficiency brought about by concrete driveways as compared with the mud and dust so often found in plant yards, with teams and trucks pulling in and out only half loaded, and often getting stuck at that. The engineer of a glass plant writes as follows: 'We had about 2,000 feet of macadam driveways in our plant yard. We found that constant repairs were necessary, and that our trucks could not be loaded to capacity. In 1916 we determined to improve our drives with concrete. A late examination of the pavement show no appreciable wear, and the service rendered by it has been so satisfactory that plans are under way at present to pave the remainder.'
"There is probably no material so adaptable as concrete for plant floors, nor any other material that will give so universally satisfactory service under so large a variety of conditions. In just the same manner as concrete furnishes a rigid track in driveways and highway pavements, so will it furnish a proper trackway inside the buildings of a manufacturing plant. Whether the materials inside the plant are hauled in trucks, pushed by hand or drawn by motor-driven tractors, a concrete floor will give the best service as a track for them to run over. Concrete floors are long-lived, easy to clean, are not slippery, and will not break up under heavy loads.
"As the value of raw materials has risen often to many times that of a few years ago it has become more and more important that they sho