The Corpus Christi Caller-Times from Corpus Christi, Texas on August 19, 1951 · Page 10
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The Corpus Christi Caller-Times from Corpus Christi, Texas · Page 10

Corpus Christi, Texas
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Sunday, August 19, 1951
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1-3 Corpus Christi CALLER-TIMES, Sun., Aug. 39, 1951 Reynolds Plant Beginning To Take Shape 2,000 Employes Rush Work On $80 Million Project By TRAVIS MOOKMAN Caller-Times Staff Writer INGLESIDE --^There's a scene of bustling activity three miles west of Ingjeside as a giant industry is being raised above the coastal plain where cattle, coyotes, rattlesnakes and dense brush held domain until five months ago. Approximately 2,000 employes are at work constructing the Reynolds Metals Co. $80 million San Patricio plant that will produce 150 million pounds of aluminum annuallv. These employes come from Corpus Christi, Taft, Aransas Pass .- and othrr towns of the area. Every building trade is repre- sen'.ed as construction of San Patricio County's b'nccst industry , . Bvvmsrs I n t o «t the 5-ilp . . . . . . . hiTMh sear. A victor will SPP buildings m than sugar. The supply for the local pJant will b e shipped here from the Reynolds- alumina plant at Bauxite. Ark. Amos ported out that, ultimate plans for the Sari Patricio Plant mil for a n alumjnj't iplant to process thr pou-dcr out every stele nf con.";!ruction. ThR! O f . h a u - x i t e °" p '"""m th» company's first'steel framework was rased !TM ines in Jamica. last week on one of the three powerhouses. Concrete foundations are being completed for four buildings or, the two potlines. Some buildings- have their foundations poured to ground level; others are stil! just location. 1 --, of the engineers' stakes. Variety of Machine* Digging machines scoop out trenches for water, gas and sewer lines. Giant cranes -- both excavating and filling. -- bulldozers, graders, concrete mixers, even a brush root plow, each do the work of dozens of men in preparing the site for the work of construction crews. Carpenters, mason, electricians, machinists, welders and plasterers are interfrratlnf* their efforts to make a deadline of "production of aluminum before Jan. 1." "I still say we will produce al uminum before Jan. 1," Pkinl Manager LJoyd Amos said. This doesn't mean, he explained that the plant, will be in full opera tlon until some months fitter thai date, "There'll still he plenty of Construction work left to do sftei w« pour our first metal." he said. Receive .Material Steel shipments are now factory and should not delay plant construction, the manager said. Twenty - seven carloads on hand or en route to the plant last week. One consistent worry is the delivery of machinery on schedule in order that the planned schedule of construction mav be maintained. "We take our problems one by one and try to solve them as they arrive," Amos commented. "So far, we haven't run into anything: that couldn't be worked out.'" His newest worry w«* steel pipe, which h e ' h a d been advised wouldn't be delivered before October. Pig aluminum will be produced at the San Patricio Plant from alumina by the reduction process. Alumina is a white powder coarser than flour but a bit finer grain Production of a l u m i n u m by the reduction process: calls for a tremendous supoiy of electric 0,1.1 1- rent. Rated output of the company'?. power plants is 175,000 kilowatts, equivalent to the power requirement of a city of half «, million. The current will be generated by Cooper - Bessemer and Clevp- la.nd Diesel natural en* burning engines. The generating plants will normally operate at a daily kw output of -150,000 to 160,000 and will consume from 3s to 3R million cubic feet of Texas natural ga* daily. Electric I'laJit* The Cooper - Bessemer units are rated at 2,500 kw. Thirty-eight of these units will be installed in two plants, one to provide all the alternating: current for electee equipment to operate and maintain the plant and for its lighting:: the other to provdc onr-half the direct current for the potlines The Cleveland Diesel plant, con- Fisting of 40 units rcted at 2,000 Uw. will furnish Ha If the clirVct current to the potlines for the reduction process, j The two r,oiiin»j c/»ni,s! n foil' 1 ! Buildings, each l.GOO fret long and 70 individual i r d i ' r r r m ALUMINUM PLANT UNDERWAY--Shown above is an aerial view of the new Reynolds Metals Co. $80 million plant near Ingleside in San Patricio Covmty. Ap- proximately 2,000 workers, using a wide variety of construction machinery, are busy building the huge plant. Company officials are hoping they can get the plant built in time to begin production of aluminum by next Jan. 1. Until just a few months ago, the site above was wild, brush-covered country inhabited mainly by wild life and a few cattle. (Staff Photo by Red Moores) pots. Kach of the 140 pots will have a cathode Ihvng prepared from n mixture of coke and hot p i t c h . This coating will require 10,000 tons of the mixture, installed a! fnw pounds at a time, Amos snid. It is one of the his; jobs faring operating Bersnnrrel of the plant before production of* aluminum r«n begin. The coke for the lining mixture will be produced and ground at the plant site, Amos said. When in . operation, the plant will employ approximately 600 persons. All of these, except for about 40 key personnel who will come from other Reynolds' plants, will be hired locally. Millions of Americans Make 'Starvation Wages' "We're wot only creating an industrial plant," company officials ·ecently said, " "We're creating obs for local people." By PAUL SOl'THWIOK WASHINGTON, Aug. 18. (UP) If the soaring cost of living is putting the pinch on your budget, think what it's doing" to the millions of families forced to live on less, than $2,000 a year. The Joint Committee on Economic Report released a ,the committee said. "So too is the spirit that keeps them going and spurs them on." Low the report today on how such families -- many" with several children -- are able to survive. The report covered 100 cases. One showed a Providence, P..I., truck driver, supporting a. wife and 10 children on $1,924 a year. There Oiroup were 10.500,000 families "To makeshifts, their their struggles ingenuity and grit, as well as their failures and unwise choices, are part of the warp and woof of American life,' ONE OF THREE POWER PLANTS-The first steel to be raised at the Reynolds' San Fstncio Plant was at the Cooper-Bessemer AC power plant that will furnish power for operation of the plant's machinery and its lighting system. At the left is seen the maze of conduits leading to the foundations for the diesel-generator units at the Fellows Get ead at United Many a young fellow is building a bright future through a United Savings account. If you want to go into business, get married, build a home, open * US account today. Innnred i»f«ty! Each »c- sonnt Injured up to $10,009 by Government agency. ttited ASSOCIATION 621 Mctquit* with incomes of $2,000 or less in 1949.. They include truck drivers for small retail organizations, ash collectors, hotel workers, clerks, laundry workers and domestic servants. In th e report entitled "Making Things Meet On Less Than $2,000 a Year," the committee said "The (most frequent method used to cut down the ioaj budget \vas to eliminate meat and milk, except for babies. "The habit was to economize by eating starchy diets that are filling -- bread, potatoes, macaroni, spaghetti, rice. Many families reserved meats for Sundays and · holidays. Few ate fruit unless the family lived in a region where certain kinds are plentiful and cheap. Da.y - old bread was a widely used, the committee found, to cut costs. Clothing prablem "A new suit, dress or overcoat we found mentioned as a rarity for growrr-ups,"' the congressmen said. "Most clothing purchases were mad e , on a credit plan or second-hand, and there were many families who depended entirely on,, gifts of clothing from relatives and charitable agencies." The housing shortage since World War II added something inexorable to the life of low income families, which has been devastating to those of us who have seen it at first hand," the committee reported. "In these postwar years, these families have had difficulty even edging into the slums," the report said. We still wrangle in towns, cities and .capitals, state and national, about the housing shortage while countless children are being brought up in squalor," the committee said. But health is the "point of highest vulnerability," the survey disclosed. "The defenses of low-income families are really down when sickness strikes and our ·ommon barriers against its onslaughts on health and livelihood are 'as yet painfully inadequate." Case History On e of the 100 case studies! jublished by the committee show-j ed how a $l,924.-a-year Pro-! vidence, R.I.. truck driver support- j ed his wife avid 10 children, ! Referred to in the report as the) "Galeano" family, they rented a four- room, cold-water flat for S16 a month in a tenement house in the | ing of the Tarrant Land Co. of j poorest residential section of Pro- · Fort Worth, capitalized at S25Q.OOO, | vidence. "The building, old and; was reported today by the office (dilapidated, is sorely in need of! of the secretary of state. repairs, with broken water pipes j i a table and some chairs. "Ther« is on e dresser in the parents' bedroom. Although there is s. toilet room, there is no bath tub. Mrs. Galeano bathes the babies in the kitchen washtub and the others use th« public! bathhouses. j "Mrs. Galeano said the grocer; gave them credit for their food,' which sometimes runs as high as! $45 a week. They pay something] on their bill each week, but the! balance due is always around $50 j week in and week out. They get j t along mostly with inexpensive 1 ed by a large oil stove in the vegetables and meat cuts for soup and a leaky roof," the committee found. The report said: "The Galeano apartment is heat- kitchen and small stoves in each of the three bedrooms. There is little furniture other than beds. They have a small oil range for cooking, an ice box which was given to them some time ago, and fters, who are not too well off I who have them, are three, four 'themselves, give the family cloth-land five years old. Moat of th* ing. However, shoes must be pur-1 children wear fairly heavy sweat- chased. 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