…and Dale Edward (D.E.) Shipp knew that in Waco, as machines hummed steadily along, factories showed strong indications of what was to come: Progress.
During World War II, belting manufacturers were forced to make black rubber for the war effort. The belting industry had a need for white food grade belting. Dale Shipp formed a buying group with four other companies across the country. They showed enough buying volume for white belting to be produced. While Mr. Shipp was building the company, he died suddenly in 1952, and his stepson, Bill Ogden, became president.