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Title Firestone Plant #1 Bertha Pearce, Canteen Operator
Date 1947/09/12
Object Name Print, Photographic
Catalog Number 1997.4.26
Description Black and white Photograph Firestone Plant #1 Canteen showing Bertha Pearce. Handwriting on the back of the photo in blue ink reads: "Mrs. Bertha Pearce Canteen Operator - 1953". A stamp on the back of the photo in blue ink reads: "Woodstock Sentinel Review Photograph File No. 2665 Date Sept. 12Th/47 Use file No. When Re-Oredering".
Provenance This picture was donated to the museum by Mrs. J.E. Stevens, nee Jean Vance, of Woodstock, daughter of James A. Vance, contractor for the construction project. Firestone Cotton Mills of Canada set up operation in a building purchased from the Oxford Knitting Mills in Woodstock in 1936. An addition to this building, on the corner of Oxford and Ingersoll Streets by Vance Construction produced plant #1 for the manufacture of cotton for tire cord. Firestone of Woodstock was opened as the textile plant producing cotton cord for cotton reinforced inflated (pneumatic) tires introduced by Firestone in 1910. The solid rubber sidewire tire was one of the first products of Firestone founded by Harvey S Firestone in Akron, Ohio in August 1900. Cotton was used for tire cord till the introduction of rayon in the 1940's, Nylon in the 1950's, and 1960's and 70's, and today, a mixture of nylon and polyester is used for tire reinforcing. In 1965, Plant #2 was opened at 1200 Dundas Street East, running tire cord yarns on larger spools. This plant was expanded in 1984 when large twisters became available from Bowling Green Kentucky. During 1984, Plant #1 was gradually phased out, and its employees were integrated with those in plant #2. In 1967, Plant #3 was built to manufacture nylon 6 to produce tire and sales yarn, monofilament, and its small nylon chips used in injection molding. Since opening, Plant #3 has diversified, making more sales yarn and adding an extruder to line 2 to produce coloured yarns. In the fall of 1985, hard work and commitment by all employees paid off when firestone of Woodstock was presented with the Canada Award for Excellence in Labour Management. In 1986 Firestone celebrated its 50th anniversary, and in September of 1996 its 60th anniversary in Woodstock.
Year Range from 1947
Year Range to 1947
Photographer Woodstock Sentinel-Review
Medium Paper/Emulsion
Print size 20.5 x 25.5 cm
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Copyright Public Domain