Webb Corp employees with a bending roll machine headed for Japan in 1962 are: (STANDING) Gross Burnside (plant superintendent), Floyd Campbell (machine shop foreman), Ed Delany, Roy Hobbs (electrician).

(SITTING) Owen Moffet, Max Mayes, Leonard “Shorty” Wallace, Bud Wakefield, Babe Jones, John Lawhorn, Tim Maiden and Charlie Neely.

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Webb Corp proudly shipped the WEBB name to Japan attached to a large bending roll machine in 1962

Webb City Area Genealogical Society member John Lawhorn has shared a photograph of Webb Corp employees and a large bending roll machine they had manufactured for a company in Japan.

John went to work for Webb Corp in 1962, and this was the first project that he worked on.

The roller was used to bend up to 10-foot long pieces of steel for use in ship building and storage tanks, among other things.

An extra heavy rail car was built to transport this machine to the port in Houston for export to Japan, where three railroad bridges had to be rebuilt in order for this machine to make it to its final destination.

The company that purchased it used a method of melting ice to get the giant machine partially lowered into a pit where it would operate.

This bending roll was the first of three of that type that Webb Corp built.

John Lawhorn retired from Webb Corp. He worked there from 1962 to 2011, except for the two years (1963 – 65) that he was in the Army.

Sentinel bound volumes are now in the Genealogy Room

The WCAGS has accepted ownership of the complete collection of bound volumes of the Webb City Sentinel, from 1983 (after the fire) until the final issue on Dec. 30, 2020.

Those issues can also be viewed on microfilm, along with much older issues.

Webb City Area Genealogical Society

WCAGS members staff the Genealogy Room on the third floor of the Webb City Public Library. Current hours are noon to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in the Genealogy Room.

Everything you want to know about Jasper County Missouri Schools is available at a site compiled by Webb City Area Genealogical Society member Kathy Sidenstricker.

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