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Higgins Receives “E” Award

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Seventy years ago, on 13 September 1942, Higgins Industries in New Orleans received the Army-Navy “E” Award for excellence in production.The presentation ceremony was held on a Sunday afternoon, at the Industrial Canal Plant and was to serve the dual purpose of dedication of this new plant.

The “E” Award was bestowed from July 1942-December 1945 to businesses who had achieved a high standard in war production, training, plant safety and labor management. The company received a ceremonial pennant for display and each employee received a silver lapel pin. Like certain military awards, additional distinctions in the form of stars could be added to the initial award. Only around 4% of all companies engaged in war production received the Army-Navy Production Award, as the “E” Award was also known.

Post by Curator Kimberly Guise.

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