DUNLOPS' ACTIVITIES CENTRALIZED.
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When the Dunlop Rubber Co., 'Ltd., purchased the extensive site at Bromford, which has since developed into the self-contained township of Fort Dunlop, it was the company's intention to concentrate their activities at this centre.
Fort Dunlop, where manufacture commenced in 1915, is the largest and bestknown of the company's faetcrries, but until now it has only contained a portion of the organization. The: sales departments have, hitherto, been quartered at Broad Street, Chambers, and several manufacturing departments • have been situated at Manor Mills and Salford Street, Aston.
It is probably quite correct to say that the Fort Dunlop factory is one of the most modern and well-equipped plants of its kind in the country, and the Machinery and equipment which tire used in the manufacture of their Various pro ducts are of the latest type. •
The total number of employees at Fort, Dunlop is close on 10,000, and one may gather that with such a huge staftethe problem of transportation and canteen arrangements have had to be solved. The former problem has been vigorously tackled and, in addition to the corporation tram route, which runs practically to the gates of the factory, efficient motor coach and bus services are maintained by the company. Welfare work has naturally been given its place in the organization, and various classes of
recreation clubs are run by the Warkers.
Many of those traveller by the Midland main line will have noticed that of late there have been signs of considerable activity at the huge building at Fort Dunlop,where the extensions have been proceeding, This. building, which has a total floor area of almost eight acres, will be able to carry very largo stacks of tyres and materials, thereby ensuring quick distribution to traders and continuity of work in the factory.
A. housing • estate is in course of develapment at Fort Dunlop, and 116 houses are at present in occupation. The company have recently framed a tenantownership scheme, which may result in the erection of additional property.