The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 10, 1950 · Page 89
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 89

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, October 10, 1950
Page 89
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SECTION E—PAGE FOUR BLYTHEVIM,E (AUK.)' COURIER NEWS Brownie, Inc., Here Hires Only Disabled Persons to Man Plant Much has been written and said about Ihe rehabilitation of the thousands of persons in America who have suffered the loss of an arm or leg or have been some disabling disease, but here in Blytheville an organization tl'at is doing something about it. That organization is Brownie, Inc., a concern which came into existence last July. This new company located at Ihe Blytherille Air Base, has formed a policy of hiring only persons who are suffering from some phy- afcal handicap and placing them In l Job which they are capable of handing, it specializes in the manufacture of juvenile furniture. Brownie. Inc. svas formed in July by W. H, Yarbrough and Wilson Bohanning, both of Blythevillc, «nd Howard L. Brown of Nebraska. Mr. Brown, who has had experience in several furniture factories in Nebraska and Missouri, was elected president of the organization and today supervises the running of the plant which was named for htm. He formerly operated a furniture factory In Holderidgc. Mo., and was : connected with the Dura chrome Company in Blytheville for about 18 months prior to the organization ol the new comppny. . Employes Ki^lit Men Mr. Bohanning was named vice- president and in addition he is the Mies manager of Ihe organization —a job which calls for contacting prospective 'customers. The third member of the Incorporating group. Mr. Yarbrougll. secretary-treasurer. A 25 by 120 loot wooden frame building adjacent to the air base • a'immlrig pool was rented from the city and remodeled inside to fit the heeds of the new project. Machinery, consisting of several types of saws and work benches were installed and the shop was ready to open August 1. On .this date, production began with eight employees on hand and every employee physically handicapped in some manner. '.' Far .; Instance, one young fellow with part of a hand missing -was assigned to operate a band saw, • nother equipped with one good • rm and a handlike clamp on the other was assigned to operaU a table saw and a man with only one leg was put to work upholstering. Mr. Brown stated that to his knowledge none of these eight persons had had previous experience in • furniture factory. He said It required some time lo acquaint them with Iheir duties, but that they were no.w r performing With surprising efficiency. The eight employes include Leonard Cockrell, Elmer Knylor, Harly Davis, Noble Riddle, Willie Alexander. Clyde Simpson, Leon Rui- fell and Clifton Carrithers. Mr. Eimpson is a veteran of World Wir II. Hopes lo Kvpanrt At present, the company is manufacturing only small upholstered leatherette rockers for children, and Mr. Brown indicated lhat this would be their main Hem, at least until Christmas. Then, if Ihe war situation permits, the company has hopes of expanding. Present, expansion plans call for the installation of an overhead conveyor which would pass each em- ploye in assembly-lino fashion. Each individual would be assigned a cer tain task to perform and production would be done on a specialized basis. Then, the company hopes to he able to mannfaclure complete juvenile furniture sets including davenports, straight and platform rnckcrs and a combination reading lounge and toy box. The company president estimated that the average production output per day for the plant, when it. begins full-scale operations would be about 100 items. Items being made nt the plant now .are being sold locally and lo markets in both St. Louis and Little •Rock. Other markets will be sought later. The plant is now operating five —Courier N'cws Photo D1SAHLEU U.WWM'i:—Blythcvlllc's newest plant, Brownie, inc., which opened at the air base in August, has a policy of hiring only person.-, who are physically handicapped. At work nbovc is Noble of the plant's first eight employes, who has become quite efficient at upholstering despite the loss or a leg. Disabled employes arc hired, placed on jobs they can handle and taught how lo do these jobs. Brownie, Inc. specializes in the manufacture of juvenile furniture. —Courier News I'hoto lti;AI)Y roil SIAKKET—This red leatherette chair, manufacturer, by Brownie. Inc., is being packed in n pasteboard box and will scon be I on its way lo a St. Louis buyer. The packer is Howard Brown, one ol the partners of Brownie, Inc., and its president, sucks of wooden frames I which can be seen in the background will later become scats for chair: might be increased to <15 by the first of the year. To Hire More ^Vo^kcrs About 12 more persons are to he hired as soon as the present em- ployes have learned their tiudc a little more, and these new men must answer at least one requirement— Ihey must be physically handicapped in some manner. Mr. Brown explained that he believed lhat no matter how badly handicapped an individual was, individual could be used to per- 'form some task. He said that he was a firm be- as could be determined, it Is llv only plant in this pnrt of the coun "T lo employ all disabled worker.- lievcr that all handicapped persons should have a chance to usn whatever ability they had remaining, and that one of the main Uieas nf Brownie, Inc.. was to help as many of[n-i • • 11 these persons as possible rcvcnl their ""S-"'" lr> /VlCCC« abilities. .1 He cxplr.ini'd [luu experience was not necessary, just the willingness lo lcr\rn and perform with what the handicapped person has. Mr. Brown was optimistic concerning the plant's future and Its lehabihtatin" possibilities As far | MECCA -i.V.i— More than 62.500 | ncople have arrived In this Holy ] City of Islam for (he Moslem Ira'- ihtionnl pilgrimage. Thr.y have com" from all over the Moslem work 1 which extends from Ntorocco. i>i the shores of the Atlantic to' thr Far East. m«ST fiKADERS-Locklr, rather B rlm about the.whoi, thlnV "l 3tr«t School posed dutilully ,„ the p.^ranhcr tart,' ,' , l%8 1 .r. d e .cache, Thi, schoo, was located on the .fe of the prc^t Sudb^y c fir • H « ,' , g ™" e IcT " TUESDAY. OCTOnKR ip, IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN 1950 BY BLYTHEViLLE SALES CO. —The' Manager: Felix Carney— FELIX CARNEY SERVING THE PUBLIC SINCE 1932 16" Table Model . . . $279.95 (Plus u.v ;iml iiisf.ill.i(iuii) For 18 years Felix Carney has been located here in our city arm m 1944 organized Biythcvillc Sales Co. 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