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6 The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder Auff~t 7, 1875 While home gardeners and farmers stand helplessly by and watch their well-tended garden produce rot for lack of canning lids. various government officials and politicians are launching investigations of the lid shortage. The investigation may be too late to aid those who normally preserve home-grown vroduce and other food products, however. While retailers and consumers complain about the canning lid shortage. Ball Corporation - one of the nation's leadin8 producers of canning supplies-said it is continuing to manufacture revlacement lids on an around-the-clock basis, seven days a week. Bail President John W. Fisher said his company produces 3 million replacement caps and lids daily, or over 20 million each week. He further stated that all productive capacity is being utilized. Then where m-e the Uds? "l would like all the details of the Shortage so I can get this valuable information to the Federal Trade Commission which has launched a full-scale investigation into the mystery of the disappearing jar lids," Rep.Ken Hechler requested of W.Va. gardeners and grocers. B Myers Pumps Sales & Service DRILLING CLMNING OUT N./L 'Nip" frymbr Tanner, W. Va. Hone 4624992 eSpeed Q. Gibson Zenith Washers Refrigerators Televisions See the Zenith Color Sets on display. We install and service all sales. RHOADES PLUMBING :t FURNITURE 15 Powell St. Gienville Phone 462-T'-,s=5 WE SERVICE ONLY WHAT WE SELL Rt. 33-119 - 4 miles west of Weston A Complete Selection of Quality Built Homes 12-wldes 14-wides double wides and modular on display Each home fully displayed and Ill,ted fez your shoppin$ convenience Free Washer and Ikyer with Purchase of New ~ Home. Until August 31, 1975. Open Weekdays 8:00- 7:30 Phone 26G-1510 Member of W.Va. Home AHociation "'It is my understanding that there are 100 million surplus jar-lids units in the country just standng on store shelves," he said. He said he didn't know why the lids are not available to consumers. "last year the shortage was blamed on a lack of tin and soda ash; this year, the blame is put on hoarding despite the fact that lids are being rationed to consumers in retail outlets. What will next year's excuse be," questioned Hechler. Rep. John Slack entered the lid investigating picture last week with a request that U.S. Attorney General Edward Levi launch an investigation of the home canning lid shortage, to determine whether the situation developed out of practices prohibited by anti-trust laws. "In talking with residents of my Congressional District, I found a rising belief the shortage was largely engineered by persons in the produc- tion or distribution end. or perhaps both." Slack said. "The people deserve an answer to the question of whether or not. the shortage was caused by action of persons working in concert in violation of anti-trust laws." So far. preliminary reports do not indicate the cause of the Statements have been made that the situation results from unforseeable high demand, distribution problems. marketing practices by jobbers or dealers, hoarding by consumers, a deliberate program of restricted production and distribution by producers or a combination of these factors. Gus R. Douglass. state agriculture commissioner. Last week reported his Findings of a one-week investigation. Inspectors from Agriculture's Con- sumer Protection Division checked on wholesale and retail outlets in West Virginia to see if they were holding lids back from consumers. Douglass said wholesalers have received only a limited amount of caps and rings. These were distributed on a limited basis to retail customers, he said. And retailers are limiting their sales to customers, Douglass noted. That appears to eliminate the notion that consumers are hoarding lids. Ball Corporation said it does not sell its home canning products directly to the consumer, and therein possibly lies the root cause of the canning lid shortage. "'The company markets its products to wholesale grocers, chain store warehouses, and hardware distribu- tors which, in turn, ship directly to retail outlets," said Ball President Fisher. "'The actual sale and distribution of the product is not under Balrs control." he said. He also suggested that consumers should refuse to purchase higher priced black market lids. "'to drive the blackmarketeers back under the rocks." Fisher also denied that Ball Corporation "is controlled by or has conspired with commercial food processing companies." sa~d.ng the company is publicly owned and is making a maximum effort to satisfy the need of consumers throughout America for home preservation equip- ment. To emphasize Bali's increase in productivity, Fisher revealed that the company's sales of home canning products in the first quarters {January. February and March} of the last three years have been $166.000 in 1973: $5.75 million in 1974: and more than $13 million in 1975. Thus, to summarize, the production of canning jar products, including the valuable lids, has vastly increased over the last three years, enough to keep up with the demands of home gardeners. Where. then. are the lids? RHOADES CHAPEL MEMORIAL CHURCH Uttle Bull Run Revival Begins August 6, 1975 Homecoming Sunday, August 10, 1975 , ,,,, ~,,,,,,,,,,,, Hays named director Robert Hays The Board of Directors of the Roane County Sheltered Workshop has announced the appointment of Robert M. Hays of Glenville as executive director of the new facility for the handicapped, which is located at 225 Fourth Street in Spencer. Hays began his duties Friday, August 1. He said employees at the workshop would perform small, menial tasks for area industries. Hays is a native of Calhoun County and was educated in the public schools of Calhoun and Wood counties graduating from Calhoun County High School. He continued his education at Glenville State College where he received the BA degree with fields in Social Studies and Mental Retardation in 1971. The Master of Arts degree was granted to Hays by Marstm~ University in 1974. His major field of study at Marshall was in the area of Crippling and Other Health Impairin_g Conditions. Prior to his appointment as director of the Roane County Sheltered Workshop. Hays taught the educable and trainable mentally retarded in the Gilmer County Schools for four years. The new director is married to the former Virginia Smith of Richwood. They are the parents of ten-month-old twin daughters, Kathy and Christy. 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