Muncie, Ind.; We are making our own cullet

[Trade Journal]

Publication: American Flint

Toledo, Ohio, United States
vol. 54, no. 4, p. 20,24, col. 1-2,1-2

local news

                                                                                    Deadline for Local News 10th of Month.

MUNCIE, INDIANA Don Everhart . . .

Hello, Flints. This is Owens-Illinois of Local Union No. 50 in Muncie, Indiana, again and I'm happy to report that work here is about the same, some overtime as needed on weekends.

Last month I reported how well we were doing on color T.V. and I guess we were for they are going to shut that shop down long enough to make some cullet and for our Columbus, Ohio, plant to catch up on the processing of the tube. It may seem odd for a plant to want to make cullet but the percentage of cullet fed back into the tank is so much greater than the percentage of raw batch that it's impossible to run continuous without making cullet. Could be one reason why colored T.V. costs so much.

I have been told that in the near future, we would get the processing of the color T.V. face plates here in Muncie. We all hope so for it would add about one hundred men to the working force. Then, too, the Company wouldn't have to send the face plates to Columbus, Ohio, and then Columbus sending it back to Marion, Indiana, which is only 20 miles from Muncie. Our plant would benefit double fold by getting this. A few years ago I worked for a company that made headlight lens for automobiles and I remember how definite each prism had to be in a lens. This T.V. face plate business reminds me a lot of this for the contour of our plungers have to be just right or the fellow on the other side of the room might be watching a midget instead of Dick The Bruiser, which looks perfectly natural on the opposite side of the room.

Last month I ran over my five hundred word limit and I didn't get to say anything about the men in the shop so I'll try this time. Lloyd Snyder is the shop superintendent, Jim Palmer is his assistant in a lead man capacity; Earl Hiatt Jr. is a lead man and assistant to Jim Palmer. The reason for two lead men is Lloyd Snyder is also superintendent over three other divisions in the plant. Lloyd is an ex-mold maker. Our superintendent of production, Everett Whitlock is also an ex-mold maker. Starting down at the other end of the shop, Maurice (Shorty) Grile runs the mill and duplicator; Thurman Evans, mill and duplicator; Ralph Shea, who has been a delegate several times to conventions, is a lathe hand; Leroy Wagner, lathe hand; Allen Ferrebee lathe and vise; O. W. Franklin, lathe; Harold Tharp, lathe; Paul Warner, shaper and lathe; Lyle Buckner, lathe and vise; Howard Wilson, vise; Jack Gates, who is going to be a daddy again soon, is a vise hand; Charles Wall, vise; Don Everhart, vise; Jim Tineher, vise; Dave Evans, also to be a daddy soon, vise; Walter Houk, vise. That takes care of the mold makers; now-the polishers and miscellaneous in the shop, Ed Dickson, inspector; Doris Herbert, inspector and chrome; Kirby Johnson, polisher ; Ralph Hill, the father of nine and a good father too, is one of our chrome plating and polishers; Louis Hicks, Delbert Hurdle, chrome and polish; Delmar Raines, father of six, chrome and polish ; Bill Bell, Bill Long, chrome and polish.

The Onized club of the mold shop had their stag party last month and it was enjoyed by all. There were no left overs in the food or drink line. I'm sorry no pictures were taken, some shown but none taken. This may be a short news letter this month but I'll try harder next mouth, so Buy American.


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Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:July 30, 2013 by: Bob Stahr;