Archives - Legacy

1949: Little Rock Becomes Research Site

1949: Little Rock becomes a site for research and design, beginning with the Veterans Administration’s initiative in testing new components and materials.

1947: Innovation is Born

1947: Company implements assembly line techniques because of lengthy backlogs of work. Jim Snell develops a process of stamping out aluminum stirrups which allows for faster and lighter production than competitors.

1946: New Hire and a Transfer

1946: Shreveport office hires George Lambert, a patient and J. D. Shope transfers from Nashville.

1945: Management Shifts

1945: G.E. (Ed) Snell takes over management of the Little Rock facility. One year later, he purchases the Little Rock portion of the business from “Pop” Snell, for a sum of $5,000.