WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1951 BT.vrnEvn.LK (ARK.) COUKIER NEWS PAGE THIRTEEN yj • ~| ,r -«-~ f-w—^ " ' " r^irfe TillHTESH Ration May Be Dog Food" to GTs But it's $10,000 a Week to Osceola A Courier New« Photo-Feature By IIAKOLI) NANCE Assembly line bells move, 250 people scurry about and the Ration Packing Company of Osecoal turns out boxes of rations, each containing enough food lot five soldiers for one day. The Ql's often call it "dog food" but to Osceola it means a $10.000 weekly payroll. The Osceola industry began operation in July but has only recently started to produce its daily quota of 12,000 units, Frank Michel, general manager or the plant, said. Jt is an independent Osceola company but the contract for packing rations has ueen sub-let from the Van Broda Manufacturing Company of Clinton, Mass. LEFT—The package starts with the sub-assembly line v/herc the "dry pack" is put toegther. The boxes arc set on a moving belt and carried by various stations where dehydrated jam, milk, and cocoa and chewing gum, cigarettes water purification tablets soap, can openers and toilet tissue are put into the unit. RIGHT—Fast' moving hands get the proper items in the boxes moving dotvn Hie assembly line. Men bring the cases of material to the stations and women assemble the dry pack. miGHT — After the Items art placed In the dry pack box, the lid i« closed and the box put in * water pi-oof bag. A plastic frame put In the bag with the box keeps It from getting crushed. A heat sealer fastens the top of the water proof bag. BELOW — The dry pack la placed in a larger box and canned gcods will be put in on top of It to make the complete unit. The ^j&an i» getting ready to put a rW<ibo!ird partition in the larger hex so that the canned goods will be held more securely AROVE—Cigarettes ire an important item to most soldiers in the fighting area and a sufficient supply of assorted brands Is put In each ration unit. IUGHT— Special plant nolle* watch out for ttie taxpayers' interests by keeping an «ye on tin cigarettes, candy and food used In the ration packs. Paul Blackwood Is the officer shown hero. ABOVE—Before going into the final unit, the dry pack, sealed in a waterproof bag, Is put into another cardboard box for ease In packaging. Assembly line belts keep the materials moving Into each department. LEFT—Three meat units, two cans of bread, two of vegetables, and canned fruit go into the 5-in-l ration. The ration boxes are just in front of the packer here and she reaches across the assembly line belt to get the canned goods from the racks. RIGHT—A machine then closes the 28 pound boxes and seals them as they near the end of the assembly line. Government inspectors have one of their stations at a point Just ahead of the sealing machine, six government inspectors are in the plant at ail- times and they make exceedingly thorough check. 1 ;, according to plant Manager frank Michel. * LEFT—Very little t* waited In the plant and all cardboard boxes fiiri crates U5fti tr -hip In items for the ration nniu-. air balrrl a art sold tor scrap Thr machine* shmvn lierf >nia'.ho:' ;»nd packs the scrap ca id board £or the baler. AMOYK—Fue different nieniis are p. eked at the O.-ccob plain and i dr."<cnption of what i\ in ;!de n stamped on (he box ,i.s it loaves the clo.Mne and M-aliuc niHCh:np. Even the ink u-ed in this opriatio:i must meit yoseni- meiH specifications. ABOVE—Packed, stamped and sealed the ration units move up the line to boxcars waiting at the p!:n:t door. The rations packed in Osceola ore shipped to southern quartermaster depots for shipment overseas. The Quartermaster Corps' food and container institute de- veloprd the 5-in-l ration which contains the required nutrient* lor a hard working man and also contains » variety.
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