Soviet Flag was Home Made
When International Paper Co. hoisted the Soviet flag above Pine Bluff plant in honor of a visiting Soviet delegation recently, it turned to its own in-house inventory. "we have flags from 24 countries," Bill O'Keefe, manager of operational services at the paper mill, said.
International Paper - which caused a stir among some employees unhappy with seeing the Soviet standard of the plant - regularly flies foreign flags in honor of foreign visitors.
O'Keefe noted that most of the other International Paper plants don't have a lot of foreign flags in their inventory, but his does because "we are unique on account of being on the Arkansas River. We barge all over the world and have customers come in from all over the world."
Posted on April 17, 1989