Oskaloosa Daily Herald from Oskaloosa, Iowa on January 30, 1957 · Page 52
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Oskaloosa Daily Herald from Oskaloosa, Iowa · Page 52

Oskaloosa, Iowa
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Wednesday, January 30, 1957
Page 52
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K M 3-H. OIKALOOIA DAILY HfRAJ Iowa Valve Has Best Year In History-Expansion Continues _ .. «_i._ .-*««wi «,» Rnrmrfield exoansion i To take care * to* demand *"" 1 Expoasloii Grows I (OMSSISM* tnm ps«e «) The Iowa Valve Co., of Oskaloosa enjoyed its besc year in plant performance in history :n 1956. Indicative of the production advances during the year was the 12 per cent year end bonus paid to employees of the plant on a production-pront basis at Cnrist- saas tune. Iowa Val\e proviaea equipment for municipal p r o j e c t s tha'. brought top awards to six 01 ihe 11 Ail America cit es in the 1956 All-America City contest Iowa Valves and hydrants plaved an important part in the development of Alias O.la; Ancr.orage, Alaska. Oakiard, CaUf.; Sprsng- f^eld. Mo; Torrance. Calif, and Zanesvdle, Ohio. All gaar.ec recognition with water and sewage improvements as part of their civic programs. The Iowa Valve Co has been supplying essentials for water and ·ewer systems to Anchorage since the gold days of 1916 has been sending equipment to Altus since 1915 has been making smsir.ents to Oakland, Calif., since 1923, and entered the Springfield expansion j To take care rf to* demand for m 1951. ! additional machine shop facilities A check of sales record at the one O f the storage areas in the Iowa Vahe Co. plant shows clearly pjant nas totl ^ pu t ^^ ^ pro . to prog-ess of municipal pnJ*rt»' ductlon work ^A tfa 4 .torage has! and improvements m the All moved ^^0* the building. . America cities over the years. ~ ~ ~ ' An open shipping area for large salves was enclosed with · steel, building 23 by 25 feet in size on the east side and additional air compressor capacity installed during the year is housed in another PRELIMLNAJRI steps to the new expansion of tne !oca! plant of James B Clow Sons were lakei ia 1956 and IT eluded the acqu.*iuon of additional land for ruiure iac'or\ use Fne uo^-.^v. -~- . tee } building 15 by 20 feet in rii="« ssrs^s ,,«.-«»** acquired All but two of t^e Sparks Construction Co. of Os- residences kaloos * d th , e . Wo * . dU 5 in f f ** All but two of the residences ~~~~ ^^ ,.a%e been razed or removed, the «» - _ * . .and has oeec le%eled and surfaced wito cinders new parking area storage areas VSork on a new ste»l building 60 b 102 feet in size by tne Garden Construet-on Co. 01 Oakaloosa v\as stoppea oy cold weather but wJl be resumed as soon as weatn- er pe-nits It wiU temporarily iodine snop overflow y will oecome a part of tne b-ass :ourory CONSIDEBAMJE money and to prowae a eifort was expended in 1956 im- and casting proving the dust collecting equipment in the iron foundry. Spray naintmg baa replaced the old brusn painting operations since the bJildirg of a paint spray booth in th small valve assembly line. New equipment continued to be installed during the year, with three machines added to the pattern shop; three to the tool shop, a large 25 inch lathe, turrent lathe Forest Cemetery Where the memory of beautiful lives will be kept beautiful always. n LEST WE FORGET - - 11 Annual Memorial Day Services Among Quiet Setting of Forest Cemetery Are One of City's Most Impressive Services. BEAUTY PLUS QUIET DISTINCTION A Non-Sectarian Place of Rest Open to Those of Every Religious Belief BEAUTIFUL FOREST IS FOR ALL REGARDLESS OF THEIR RACE CREED OR COLOR One of The Few Cemeteries In The Country Featuring Both Memorial And Garden Type Burial Estates F o r e s t Cemeter WHERE THE MEMORY OF BEAUTIFUL LIVES WILL BE KEPT BEAUTIFUL ALWAYS 97 Years of Service -- Non-Profit Perpetual Care PLANT PERFORMANCE RECORDS hit a new high at the Iowa Valve Co. plant in 1956. Jack Suiter was facing a flange on a large valve ease in one of the vertical boring mills at the plant when this picture was taken. (Herald Photo) Gas Pipeline Corporation at America, will build a new 30 inch line from Texas to Jottet, HL, by way at Oakaloosa. there would be new connecting lines with the Northwest gas fields and new fields in 1 Texas. This would mean increased i gas allotment for *^Tf r slirrrim. Industry in Oakaloosa generally bad a good year, some firms set new production records. While employment showed a aught decline in some instances, improvement of plant operations kept output at high levels. Much new equipment was installed as a part of expansion plans. MAJOB COMMtrXRY industrial actmiy of the 1956 year centered' around efforts to attract new in-' dustry here, with the lead taken ! by the Oskaloosa chamber of com- j merce industrial promotion com-j mittee ia cooperation with the Qskatoosa Community council industrial committee and the Community Wide Industrial council. Nationwide industrial expansion provides a field for community quest for new payrolls, but this business of securing new industry has became a highly specialized operation. Manufacturers have set »Y«i»Hr»g requirements and community standards for plant locations. Principal demand is a friendly community attitude toward industry. The chamber of commerce acquired 6.7 acres of land as an in- j dustnal site and holds options on! larger tracts. The new chamber of commerce property is located on south Seventh street, just across the M. t St. L. right of way from the Ideal Manufacturing Co. plant. New emphasis has been placed on the Oskaloosa high school in-j dustnal arts training program as! the result of adult shop education demands of industry. and 44 inch boring mill to the! During the past year a new and the farmers would probably machine shop i warehouse was opened at San. receive an opportunity to supple- aii mnrn J. m ,,* m. t *v 'Jose, Calif., designed to serve the,ment their incomes during slack All improvements fit into the g^'p^e^co ^4 northern Cali-1 seasons by part-time industrial employment The suggestion of conducting this survey came from the Farm Bureau's progress committee. The purpose of the survey was to help j general production increase plans fonua ^^ xne existing ware- at the Iowa Valve. In addition to house at Ananeim, California, has physical acquisitions, new produc- "been expanded to further serve tion planning and operations have the soutnern California area. made possible substantial increases Another area showing a marked . _ _ ^ , in plant output. increase in sales activity is the} get the industry and the farmer j The stepped up operations have Canadian territory. Expansion of' together for seasonal employment I been responsible for raising plant te sales organization in the south- j periods that would dovetail in with personnel to over the 200 mark in i east United States h«» provided 1956, nearly three times the force j better coverage in 1»56 for Iowa engaged here when the Iowa Valve valve products. Co., became a part of the Clow organization. MOVING T1115 Iowa Valve Co. sales headquarters to Oskaloosa s a f e ty precautions brought the farming operations. It was believed that the securing of such employment in industry j might often make all the differ- adop'tion of compulsory eye pro-1 ence as to whether or not a num- tecUon and safety shoe wearing! ber of farmers could stay on the at tae plant. All employees are i farm. survey was based on the has brought new markets to com- ] required to wear goggles and i uany products throughout the mid-' safety shoes wmle at work. Fewer i - ^^ . .,,_._,, ._ _,,_,-,., w J Ld western state* | accidents have been the result^ j yj*£* S£TS£l?25 j _ -- ! about. These would include the sex i of the worker, distance from " 1 Oskaloosa, and aptitudes, such as . , I clerical, pipe-fitting, machinist, I mechanical, plumbing, electronic, | welding and others. ; Conducting the survey was a' ' large crew of volunteers, who called at every farm home. "We , never know where we'll find some! (me interested in outside employ- 1 ment" was the philosophy behind the blanket coverage. ' Results of the survey showed the ma3onty of applicants running to mechanical abilities. Of the 149 male applicants for full-time employment, there were S3 mechanics, 27 welders, six plumbers, four clerical clerks, one chemist, one electronics technician and one , electrician, with the remainder of this group listed as unskilled. ' i A total of 64 farm women also EMMETT FRANKLIN (left), one of the many Farm Bureau i applied for fun-tune employment. workers who assisted with the recent labor survey conducted Of those applying for seasonal ,i _L , ,i i p · j t i , «_ _i :_i_. work, there were 207 men and 68 women. More skills were listed in this classification of workers than the full-time employment throughout the rural areas of Mahaska county, is shown interviewing Richard Drost at the latter's home. (Herald Photo) Mahdsks Form Bureau Conducts Labor Survey i in Oskaloosa as evidenced by the la- dasjafication. bor survey cor ducted by the Ma- ^ haska County Farm Bureau early EMPTY EFFORT this winter. NEW HAVEN. Conn. OB -- A BOH, the »IPW industries and the burglar entered Anthony Selmont's jannpr, ^ere hlssly to benefit by home, thinking it was empty. The .sucn a survey, it was reasoned, only thing empty, however, was Mahaska ccrjry's farmers as weD The industries" executives would Selmont's wallet which the culprit as city folk are vitally interested be informed as to what was tiie took when he unexpectedly ran in- in seeing new ^idustnes come to labor situation in the rural areas s to him in the kitchen. Your Sesf Reliable Market For More Than 50 Years Highest Prices Paid For: Metals Batteries Scrap iron Radiators Wrecked * Cars - Trucks - Tractors Buyers of WOOL - HIDES - FURS BEN J. BERNSTEIN SON 323 HIGH AYE. W. DIAL 3-M45 Get a Fresh Start On Your Budget I Overdue bill got you down? Worry no more! Come in, talk over your financial problems with us ... learn how a low-cost Debt Consolidation loan can enable you to pay off all those bills at once. Loan can be repaid in easy installments. 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