special thank you to Anjou Gerhardt for these photos and her
father's journal entries. This is an amazing addition to the
father, John Healy, was a factory foreman at Georgetown, then
Blue Island (1989), then Toccoa (1997). In Oct. 1992, Sept.
1994, and Jan. 1996 he was sent to China- Hebei Province,
Huang Hua City, to assist with the G&B wire manufacturing
are photos from his 1992 trip. John Healy is the tall bearded
man and it is believed that the man in the plaid shirt, wearing
glasses is Carl Brooks.
the photo above they are launching the new machine. The gentleman
in a blue jacket with a green stripe (3rd from left) is thought
to be Jay Naidu/Nadu. It is believed that he was one of the
main orchestrators of the trip.
Healy's Journal Notes, October 1992:
location: Hebei Province, Huang Hua City.
name: The factory may have been called OMSA. There is a reference
to a tour that they took of another factory where he writes
"they coat them almost the same as OMSA but instead of [giving]
them powder they hand dip them and then cure them."
Wang - Engineer
Mr. Who - Big Boss
Mr. Che - Dep. Dir of Quality
Mr. Han - Driver
Mr. Rung - Second in command
Mr. Mengn (Mong) - In charge of line
Mr. Lu - Chef
No. 1 Curing oven kept kicking off. There was an issue with
the burner. It would run too hot. When it would reach the
temp limit, the red light would come on but the burner would
stay on high fire.
Issues with both #1 and #2 burners.
The two preheat ovens shut off and wouldn't restart.
There are pull rollers and powder beds. Trouble with pull
rollers. Water quench motor.
Once working - started putting powder in bed. Still problems
with #2 curing oven burners which seems to be the worst.
Seems like things were reversed and that is why they weren't
working. "Found out what was wrong with powder bed. It was
reversed like everything else."
Lost a splice.
"Nadu/Naidu and C. Brooks will be here tues 10-21-92. Hopefully
everything will go very good. I have always heard 'like a
Chinese fire drill' well now I know what they mean." Burners
still not working right. The Chinese have made banner to welcome
Naidu and Carl.
"Well Carl and Jay arrived finally and the machine ran very
well. Carl and Jay were very impressed...From now until the
27th I will be working with Carl to get the machine working
real good. Right at the end of the run we lost a splice but
Carl and Jay did not see it. I will have to thank all the
workers tomorrow for making this a success."
The Chinese did not seem anxious to let them leave. They had
to extend their stay due to issues with the machine. "Mr.
Che is nervous. Still not sure when I am leaving.
Steve tonight and find out if he can find out anything about
the burners...Last night we ran 1/2 x 1/2, 1/4 x 1/4, and
crab netting...They need 'B' lines on edge of wire....
told me I did not have to [stay in China]. They talked to
Mr. Who and I guess he said it was OK. I wrote on paper what
was wrong with machine. If I stay I don't really know what
could be done until burners are fixed."
Everyone went out with him the night before he left and they
all came by the hotel the morning he left to say goodbye.
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