GOODS & SERVICES: New Ideas, Jan. 7, 1952

Time Saver. With $6.50 worth of scrap metal, Marvin E. Brown, a mine foreman for Birmingham's Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Co., invented a new coal-handling device. The company found that the invention, an angled leg for the conveyor belt, saved two-thirds of the time ordinarily required to shift heavy conveyor pans used to carry coal from the working face to mine cars, eliminated the need for knocking out mine props while the conveyor pans were being moved. For the gadget, the company last week paid Brown $10,000.

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