Thanks to our member Henry (Buck) Kelly, our club was treated to a tour of the Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG), in Ashtabula, OH. Their President & CEO, Richard Morrison, provided the background of MFG and a very big secret of the Corvette.
He told us how his father, Robert S. Morrison, the founder of MFG, persuaded Chevrolet to use his idea of Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic, (FRP), for the 1953 Corvette concept car. GM decided that from that point on to continue using FRP for all future Corvettes including the ones being built today.
Kurt Fink, Director of Marketing, gave us a tour of the manufacturing plant but told us that we were not allowed to take pictures or even see the new fiberglass panels being created for the next generation Corvettes!
I must have looked a bit silly with my mouth dragging on the floor in total shock of all of this information overload. To think that right here in our backyard we had such an important part of the history of this remarkable car!
Please check out the video that MFP graciously provided to us that explains the amazing history of Robert S. Morrison and how his drive and tenacity were so important in the Corvette we all drive and race today!
Our thanks to the Morrison family, MFG and to all that made this trip and the Corvette possible!