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The maintenance dept. provided service and support to the entire pulp and paper mill operation. Enclosed within this department were both the day and shift millwrights, an instrument shop, the electrician area, machinists, oiler shack and small stores/ tool crib area. The tractor shop was also located in this building, along with the mill paint shop. The mill "bone yard" and parts warehouse were located out back behind the shop.
Small Stores was in reality a large hardware store so to speak, which provided parts and various materials to help keep to pulp and paper mill running efficiently. If Small Stores did not have a particular item in stock, it could be ordered from various venders and if need be, delivered in many instances on the same day. Depicted in the left and right photos are Bill (photo left) and fellow coworker George (photo right) working in Small Stores one morning in August of 2000.
The Maintenance shop tractor M6035 better known as the Mercury or just "MERC" was the workhorse of the operation. The 'MERC' actually saw service at the Shasta Mill prior to when the mill starting up in 1964.
According to Al C. the Shasta Mill tractor shop mechanic, the contractors who built the mill, purchased the 'MERC' new probably around 1962, to be used during the mill construction phase. After the construction of the mill, the 'MERC' was acquired by K-C and absorbed into the mill operations, assigned to be a part of Maintenance.
The 'MERC' was used to transport rolls back and forth during 'roll changes' from the Calendar equipment. It could also transport large electrical motors which were used on various pieces of equipment throughout the mill. The 'MERC' could transport large pumps and other heavy parts.
According to George G., the 'MERC' was originally configured as a 'one seater' vehicle. The large propane tank was mounted to the right side of the driver. Extra maintenance personnel would ride along on the side of the vehicle.
Due to safety concerns for the passenger(s), the propane tank was re-positioned on top of the unit above the motor cover and an extra seat was then added to where the tank once sat.
George went on to explain that another modification made to the 'MERC' was the addition of the guard or metal cage behind the two seats. This was added to provide a safety barrier to the men, in case the cable snapped on the large winch and boom due to extreme tension. The purpose of the cage would thus be then to protect those riding from being hit from the hook and cable, preventing serious injury.
Machinists operated the large milling lathes which could handle most any job needed performed for mill wide operations. The left photo depicts one of the milling lathes in the background.
Towards the north corner of the shop, a roll press was installed which permitted the shop to assemble rolls such as cotton 'denim' calendar rolls for the 175 Super Calendar 'Stack'. After being formed on the press, the rolls could then be turned on the lathe to precise specifications. The upper right photo depicts the shop roll press.
Due to various mill wide equipment running on extended operating schedules, in other words- 24 hours a day- seven days a week, on occasion the equipment or an entire area of the mill operation, such as the Pulp Mill would be taken down in order so that maintenance could be performed on the equipment. During these shutdowns, both equipment personnel and maintenance would work extended overtime hours such as 12 hour shifts in order to get the work completed.
Many times during these downs, food was catered and brought into the mill for the employees working the overtime.
However, as word quickly spread throughout other parts of the operation that food had been delivered, a long line would quickly form in Maintenance, with those standing in line often wondering where all the other 'extra' employees came from!
On one memorable annual pulp mill shutdown, food was catered in from the Redding French Bakery, with the proprietor serving up large slices of his famous barbequed beef tri-tip, laid out upon freshly baked sourdough bread.
These meals would include salad, beans, chips, a beverage and dessert afterward, such as a large sheet cake. Upper right photo depicts the millwrights enjoying a slice of delivered pizza and soft drinks during their break time on one such scheduled 'down'.
The Maintenance Department also took time to recognize individual achievements, as well as wishing those the best when they got ready for retirement from the mill.
Click on the following link for photos of the retirement party given to the late Mac Strawn.
Click here to view the late Mac Strawn's Retirement Party
The bottom four photos depict a retirement celebration held for mill 'oiler' Jim Cav. as his fellow maintenance workers wished him the best! Right photo depicts Shasta employees saying good-bye to mechanic John E. upon his retirement from the mill.
Thanks to Vince B., George G., Larry M. and Tim S. for providing many of the great photos for the maintenance web page.
Does anyone have any photos of the maintenance dept's 'Laggard Olympics' which they might care to share here?