The library has over 500 metals reference books and original quartered oak furnishings and shelving from the 1902 Carnegie Library of Leavenworth, Kansas.
Every Quarter the company newsletter is distributed to all of the employees.
A Custom Balanced,
Ward Steel Service Supplying Our Industries For Over 50 Years.
Everyone always asks about the rooster out front. Read the story that tells all about Ferndale written by:
After 30 years of making the all metal baton with a hollow aluminum ball, Mr. Gray recognized the twirling ability of the drum majors had reached a new level. Consequently he tackled the challenge of improving the Gray Baton. The critical dynamics of the baton is the distance between the measured center point and the balance point. This is very difficult to control with a hollow aluminum ball so Mr. Gray developed the new “Gray Baton” with a solid polyurethane ball. The weight of this ball could be controlled perfectly and the shaft could be secured better and extend further into a solid ball than a hollow ball. The same 5/8” stainless, chrome plated shaft and balance plug is still used. The price of $ 50.00 that was established in 1976 continues today.
The critical dynamics of the baton has been tightened to 1” but can be custom made for each drum major. This aspect is the greatest improvement in baton design and allows the advanced drum major to have better control of the baton.