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Page 4 - MALAKOFF NEWS - Sept. 18, 1975 Heads Turn, Fertilizer Sacks Fly As Women Join Nipak Ranks By Ann Rounsavall It was work as usual Monday when six new em- ployees joined the force at Kerens Nipak, Inc. The fact that the six new employees were female and the first female employees to work in actual production and shipping of the company product, chemical fertilizers seemed to go practically unnoticed as the work day unfolded. Although tile morning was calm and employees at the plant seemed oblivious to the new employes, a few heads did turn to watch the operation of loading a large truck with 50 pound bags of fertilizer. Two of the female em- ployees were taking the bags from the conveyor belt that adjusted to reach inside the truck, and loading the bags in stacks of five high. They appeared to be haxing no problem with the task. In another ai'ea, a woman on the bagging line was lifting bags in sequences of threes from the line to a weighing machine. She grabbed the bags bear-hug style, while a fellow employee (male) lifted a bag in each hand from the line. The technique was dif- ferent, but the end result was the same. It was obvious from a quick look that all six of the new employees intended to carry their share of the work load. and expected no spec|al treatment from other em- ployees. The six women were hired as product handlers, the posi- tion at. which most employees of the company start. They will have all company bene- fits, including the right to bid on jobs that become available in other areas of the plant. The right to bid on available jobs allows employees the choice of advancement in the areas that they are most interested in, the six women could eventually filter into all phases of plant operation and maintenance. Tuesday morning three more female employees joined the force and fell into the routine of loading trucks and rail cars with ease. Of the 215-man force at the plant, some 16 are female, measuring nearly eight per cent of the total work force. Two women have previously worked inside the plant proper, but have held the position of clerk. Their jobs consist of timekeeping and bookwork, and their labor is confined to a desk. It may be a sign of the times, inflation, or women's lib that entices a woman to work in a manufacturing plant. The work is hot, dirty, and tiring physically. On the other hand, Nipak, Inc., starts employees at near the highest starting salary for labor in the area, the company offers a good retirement pro- gram for employees, as well as group hospitalization, paid vacations, and holdidays. In additon the plant has few, if any, lay-offs. Women joining the labor forces today are obviously looking for the job security, good pay, and fringe benefits offered by a large company Charles High, plant manager, said that employ- ment opportunities at Nipak have never been restricted to men only, but that only recently had females ex- pressed an interest in the work that is available at the manufacturing plant. When supervisors ex- pressed their need for addi- tional help in the shipping and storage departments of the plant, company officials thought the time was right to actively seek female employ- ees. Hiring several women at one time, it was thought, would lessen any feelings of or embarassment that might come if a lone female employe joined a work force of men. Joining the force in a group would make the adjust- ment widespread throughout the entire complex, lessening the adjustment for any one area. tilting for the first group of females was begun two weeks ago when the company went through local files and found eight women had applied for positions, and through the Texas Employment Commis- sion where 19 applications were supplied. Extensive interviews were made and applicants were throughly informed about the type of work that was avail- able by supervisors of the three areas where the fertilizer is stored and loaded in transportation equipment, both truck and railcar. Ferti- - lizer is shipped bulk as well as packaged in 50 pound bags. Buddy Crawford, super- visor of the ammonium phos- phate unit, Ted Stovall super- visor of urea product storage and Valian Grayer, supervisor of ammonium nitrate, all were credited with a special effort in hiring the right person for the job. The nine women that are now employed in the plant proper at Nipak have filled the slack in employees needed at the present time, according to High, but applications are continually accepted at the plant -- on the first and third IS HAVING AN Fridays of each qualification forms the modern Nipak uses in hiring...t no space to fill that sex or marital prospective employee Few adjustments made at Nipak to the women em new lock was being the rest room door adjacent to the room employees have lunch. INVENTORY ADJUSTMENT SALE Starts 9am Thursday September 18, 1975 BE HERE If You Must Miss This Huge Event Then Miss It... 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