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Rubber Machinery Shops fonds.
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A well equipped plant.

File consists of an article about RMS clipped from the publication Fisher's Machinery Guide (Feb. 1924, p. 41-45): "A well equipped plant; the Rubber Machine Shops, Kitchener, first of its kind in Canada. Over 35,400 square feet of floor space. Interesting form of apprenticeship in force."

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Canadian directory of products and services.

File is comprised of the 1983 Uniroyal Canadian directory of products and services. This directory lists products for the tire division, rubber machinery shops, chemical division, and industrial products division, as well as branch office contact information.

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Company History

Series is comprised of textual material, photographs, architectural drawings, maps, and ephemera relating to the history of RMS and its parent companies from 1914 to 2003. The series documents the various ownership of RMS; its products, services, machines and employees; and its history and milestones. Includes photographs showing the RMS factory, employees, machines and products; publications by RMS as well as about RMS; newspaper clippings on the company; memoranda; drawings and prints for a calendar; and press releases.

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Company portfolio : Uniroyal Goodrich.

File consists of a company portfolio for the Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Company, containing information about the company's original equipment products, manufacturing, research and development, facilities, and international distribution.

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Decals.

File consists of four decals on paper for the Dominion Rubber Company Limited Rubber Machinery Shops.

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Engineering Design Show package.

File is comprised of one package that was given to those who visited the Dominion Rubber booth at the 1963 New York Engineering Design Show. The package consists of a Dominion Rubber folder listing sales offices, inside of which is a letter of thanks and solicitation of work, and a list of major machines and equipment.

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Facts about Uniroyal.

File consists of two "Facts About Uniroyal" leaflets produced by the Public Relations Dept. Each sheet lists a series of informative facts about the company and its various facets.

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First anniversary of Uniroyal Goodrich.

File consists of two photographs of the employees of Uniroyal Goodrich in 1987 on the occasion of sealing the RMS 50 year time capsule to mark the 1st birthday of Uniroyal Goodrich Canada. One photograph includes caption on recto.

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Glass plate negatives.

File consists of four glass plate negatives of RMS: two images of the exterior (one aerial) and two images taken inside the plant. File also includes a contact print of the aerial image.

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Group photograph.

File consists of a photograph of a group of people taken outside an RMS building. The group is possibly the office/management of RMS, or perhaps the entire company.

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History.

File consists of miscellaneous material relating mainly to the history of RMS. Includes newspaper clippings (some photocopied); ts. and photocopied pages of information about the company's history and milestones, manufacturing processes, and products; ms. notes; photographs; requisitions on the purchasing department (1918-1925); an organizational chart for Uniroyal Canada, Rubber Machinery Shops unit (1974); advertising proofs ; a company brochure (ca. 2000); and other material.

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History.

File consists of miscellaneous material relating mainly to the history of RMS. Includes correspondence and memoranda (mainly among company managers and executives), reports and proposals, newspaper and magazine clippings (mainly obituaries of former employees), ms. notes, photocopied items, photographs, and two architectural drawings. File also includes a program and ribbon from the 1920 Dominion Rubber Systems annual picnic, and the August 1, 1920, issue of the Keystone (newsletter for employees of Dominion Rubber System in Kitchener, Elmira, and Port Dalhousie).

It is not clear who accumulated the material in the file or for what purpose.

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History.

File consists of materials relating to the history of RMS. Includes photographs of production (some were later published in the KW Record); press releases; newspaper clippings and photocopies; advertisements for the 125th anniversary of RMS; remarks made by John Rhodes, former Minister of Industry and Tourism; and a letter of resignation from G.G. Giesbrecth, General Manager. Some photographs include captions on accompanying paper.

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Industrial relations : Albert Cragnoline.

File consists of material created and accumulated by Albert Cragnoline, Director of Industrial Relations relating to the official opening of the addition of an assembly building to RMS in December 1965, and a $1 million order for tire cord twisting machines from the United States Rubber Company, made possible by the expansion. Includes ms. notes, press releases (including some draft copies), incoming and outgoing correspondence, and a newspaper clipping.

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Miscellaneous : 1997.

File consists of photographs and negatives taken at various events at RMS during 1997: the 80th anniversary employee barbecue, a delegation of visitors from Shandong, a Christmas luncheon, and office staff dressed up for Halloween. File also includes some negatives depicting machinery on the shop floor. Some duplicates are present.

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Miscellaneous.

File consists of negatives, photographs, and slides taken throughout the history of RMS. Includes mainly images of employees at work in the plant and offices. In some photographs, employees are identified on verso.

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Newsletter photographs.

File consists of negatives and photographs possibly taken for use in the December 1998 newsletter. Includes images of machinery and staff.

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Newsletter pictures : May, 99.

File consists of miscellaneous negatives and photographs probably taken for use in the company newsletter. Includes photographs of a Christmas gathering, employees (in the Engineering Department?) at their desks, and a group of shop apprentices.

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Office Files

Series is comprised of files regarding the operations of RMS including salary records and employee lists; company organization and hierarchy; and industrial relations including the opening of an addition of RMS and an order for $1 million dollars worth of tire twisting machines. Series includes newspaper clippings, press releases, correspondence and office files.

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Open house, shop and office photos.

File consists of photographs and negatives of the RMS shop floor, including photographs of machinery and employees operating the machinery, as well as photographs of offices and office staff. File also includes photographs and negatives of an open house at RMS. Duplicates are present. Some employees are identified on verso.

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Opening new building, 1965; opening extension, 1974.

File consists of newspaper clippings relating to the opening of additions to RMS in 1965 and 1974. File also includes a program for the 1974 opening ceremony, carbon copies of a news release, and an overhead transparency of a floor plan for the 1974 addition.

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Order receipt.

File consists of a blank order receipt (in postcard form) from the Canadian Consolidated Rubber Co., Ltd., Rubber Machinery Shops.

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Personal photographs.

File consists of five personal, candid photographs of employees or families of employees. Some of the photographs appear to have been used for promotional material.

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Photographs

Series is comprised of photographs, negatives, slides and contact prints showing the history, production, products, employees and buildings of RMS. Includes images of products built for WWII; staff working, receiving awards, retiring and on leisure time; interior, exterior and aerial views of RMS facilities; facilities of other parent company factories including the St. Jerome dam; products manufactured at RMS for their own use and to sell; photographs taken for publication in RMS publications as well as parent company publications, and newspapers; and production at RMS.

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Photographs : 1973-1976?

File consists of photographs of employees, production equipment, and facilities at RMS. Includes photographs of employees at work and receiving awards, engineers, office staff, and various pieces of production equipment and shots of production areas. Some duplicates are present. File also includes one clipping from an employee newsletter on Walter [Repke?].

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Photographs.

File consists of photographs showing production, machines and employees at RMS. Includes photographs taken for publication in both RMS publications and the K-W Record; staff at work and at special events; and interior and exterior views of RMS. Some identifications on verso, one photograph includes accompanying paper with caption. Some photographs can be seen on the RMS and Heico Companies websites.

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Photographs.

File consists of photographs of the products, facilities, and people of RMS from the 1930's until the late 1960's or early 1970's. Includes photographs of the products manufactured at RMS; photographs of the RMS facilities, including interior and exterior shots; and photographs of employees in various departments, receiving awards, at work, and so on.

Some photographs were taken for use in company publications and sales and marketing material, and some of these have been touched-up. Some of the photographs are reproductions of earlier photographs. Some photographs include ms. annotations on verso; some photographs have ts. captions attached to them. Some duplicate photographs are present.

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Photographs.

File consists of photographs of the products, facilities, and people of RMS, mainly from the 1940's through the early 1970's. Includes photographs of the products manufactured at RMS; photographs of the RMS facilities, including interior and exterior shots; and photographs of employees in various departments, receiving awards, at work, and so on.

File also includes some contact prints, negatives, a news release and a memorandum. Some of the photographs are reproductions of earlier photographs. Some photographs include ms. annotations on verso; some have ts. captions taped to them. Some duplicate photographs are present.

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Product brochures.

File consists of product brochures and leaflets for machines manufactured and sold by RMS. Includes roller die, extruder, slab feeder, and tire manufacturing equipment.

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Production.

File consists of two photographs taken inside the company of employees standing with manufacturing equipment.

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Proofs.

File consists of 7 proofs (drawings based on photographs) prepared for marketing or advertising purposes. The images depict machinery, employees, and the RMS building.

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Publications

File consists of publications put out by RMS, as well as by its parent companies Dominion Rubber Systems, Dominion Rubber Company, Uniroyal, and Uniroyal-Goodrich. This includes issues of The Dominion, The Dominion Magazine, Threads 'n Treads, Uniroyal Magazine, Uniroyal News, Liaison (French magazine for office in St. Jerome, QC), Uniroyal World, Link, UGTC News, and a photocopy of Saga. All issues except for Saga have been catalogued and are accessedd through the Library catalogue.

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Publicity

Series consists of materials created by RMS and its parent companies for the purpose of publicity. This includes photographs that were used for sales manuals, publications, and advertising that show products, machinery, staff and facilities of RMS; a leaflet titled Facts About Uniroyal; a company portfolio for Uniroyal Goodrich giving information about products, equipment and facilities; and quotes illustrating the RMS values and attitudes.

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Publicity photographs

File is comprised of photographs taken for use in company publications and sales and marketing material. Includes images of employees, machines, and production. Some of these have been touched-up.

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RMS : May, 2000.

File consists of photographs of employees in their offices and on the shop floor. Some employees are identified on verso.

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RMS Machinery Division history.

File consists of one copy of "RMS Machinery Division: A history" (dating from when RMS became an independent corporation) as well as a timeline of RMS history and a write up about RMS Equipment Company from when the company was purchased by Pettibone Tire Equipment Group.

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RMS company portfolio.

File consists of three copies of a company portfolio used by staff in the sales department. The portfolio describes the company's history, facilities, achievements, and location.

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RMS corporation celebration party : Dec. 1, 1993.

File consists of photographs and negatives taken at an anniversary celebration, of staff and employees eating cake and ice cream and listening to speeches. File also includes an unrelated photograph of an employee working on a computer-aided manufacturing system (CAM).

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RMS history photos.

File consists of photographs of the products, facilities, and people of RMS from 1918 until the late 1960's or early 1970's. Includes photographs of the products manufactured at RMS; photographs of the RMS facilities, including interior and exterior shots, as well as some photographs taken at other Uniroyal facilities (e.g. St. Jerome, Elmira); and photographs (including group portraits) of employees in various departments, such as office staff, engineering & drafting, tool makers, and the operating council, and employees at work.

Some photographs were taken for use in company publications and sales and marketing material. File also includes some contact prints and one page of ms. notes. Some photographs include ms. annotations on verso. Some duplicate photographs are present.

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RMS machinery division.

File consists of one document detailing the RMS machinery division's international presence, licenses, industry base and specialty rubber industry areas.

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RMS strike.

File consists of print-outs of online news articles relating to the RMS strike of 2001-2004.

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Recently completed projects.

File consists of photographs of recently completed RMS projects. These include calendars, rollers and rubber mills. Some photographs are in blue uniroyal folders.

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Retirement photographs.

File is comprised of three photographs taken of employees of RMS on the day of their retirement In each photograph the retiree is in the front usually being presented with a gift, while the members of his department look on. Some identifications on recto. Photographs were used in RMS publications.

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Rubber Machinery Shops : album.

File consists of an album of photographs depicting products manufactured by RMS. A ts. list of the photographs, several leaflets and some negatives are also included. Most photographs are from the 1960's but some from the 1970's and 1990's appear to have been added to the album later. Some of the photographs have captions affixed to them (bottom recto). Some photographs are marked "chosen" on verso. Some duplicate photographs are present.

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Rubber Machinery Shops fonds.

The fonds contains materials relating to the history, products, employees, equipment and manufacturing processes of the Rubber Machinery Shops of the Dominion Tire Co. Ltd, and its parent companies from ca. 1914 to ca. 2004.

Includes over 1600 photographs of staff at work, receiving awards and at leisure; manufacturing processes and machines; products made by RMS for used in their parent companies and for contracts; interior, exterior and aerial views of Dominion Rubber facilities across Canada; and photographs taken for publication in RMS and parent company newsletters as well as local media.

Also included is information on company history, including newspaper clippings, press releases, leaflets and in-house publications; sales and marketing materials including advertisement proofs, brochures, leaflets, and major equipment listings; company publicity materials including parent company publications, and company portfolios; and RMS created office files including salary and company organizational charts, and industrial relations materials.

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Rubber processing / special machinery : vol. 2.

File consists of an album of photographs depicting products manufactured by RMS. A ts. list of the photographs and several ms. notes are also included. Some of the photographs have captions affixed to them (bottom recto). Some duplicate photographs are present, and it appears that two or three photographs may have been removed.

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Saga.

File consists of one photocopy of the Uniroyal publication "Saga": volume 1, number 2. Includes two articles about RMS.

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Salary records.

File consists of salary records from the years 1966 and 1969 for employees of the RMS. Listed are names, position, current salary, salary range, last increase, scheduled increase and how long they have been with the company.

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Sales & Marketing

File is comprised of material produced by RMS for sales & marketing. Includes product brochures, leaflets, and major equipment listings; company portfolios and directories; packages given out at trade shows; advertising proofs; and a pamphlet titled How we Build a Tire.

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Staff of 1942.

File consists of one photograph of an original photograph of the staff of 1942. The original photograph has been pinned to a wall.

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The RMS story.

File consists of one copy of "The RMS story", a history of RMS from 1917 to 1995. The history is primarily focused on the years 1993 to 1995 from when RMS became an independent company.

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Tire Technology International

File consists of two copies of possibly an insert from the publication "Tire Technology International '94: The Annual Review of Tire Materials and Tire Manufacturing Technology". This section details the RMS Single Roll Roller Die process for rubber extrusion.

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Tradition of pride quotations.

File consists of two documents with quotations about RMS' Tradition of Pride. One document lists the values of RMS, and the other is a quote from Michael Heisley Sr., owner of Heico Companies.

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Training : 1978.

File consists of photographs and negatives of an unidentified training session, taken in a classroom and on the shop floor.

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Twenty-five million dollar celebration.

File consists of materials relating to the Twenty-five million dollar celebration of the RMS Machinery Division, held in 1989. Includes invitation, menu, attendance list, memos, and letter of thanks to Valhalla Inn.

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