This Day in History (1956): People of Aramco — Maintenance and Shops, Abqaiq
Maintenance and Shops workmen keep the community moving.
From the Feb. 1, 1956, edition of the Sun and Flare
Does your roof leak or plumbing need repair?
Got an electric generator that must be fixed?
Do you need a new paint job or new tracks for your tractor?
No matter where you are in Abqaiq, you are sure to make contact with the Maintenance and Shops workmen who do a variety of repair and maintenance necessary to keep buildings, plants, and equipment in good running order.
Their work is as diversified as that required in an average American town, with the additional responsibility of maintenance and repair on industrial facilities. Here, versatile craftsmen provide maintenance on times from miniature instrument controls to a 50-ton crane.
Craftsmen represented include carpenters, painters, masons, plumbers, sheet metal workers, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics, electricians, instrument mechanics, business machine repairmen, machinists, pipefitters, boilermakers, welders, crane and tractor mechanics, road building and maintenance crews and others.
A great part of the work is performed by Saudi workmen, guided by a small number of highly skilled American craftsmen.
In addition to the hand tools used in Field repairs, there are well-equipped shops for each craft where it is possible to fabricate almost any item for industrial or domestic use.
Caption for top photo: Buddy Haug, supervising craftsmen (Shope Machinists), and Abdullah Khan, machine operator, watch the progress of a drilling equipment job.
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1964 — The Beatles have their first No. 1 hit in the U.S. with "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
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1942 — Mao Zedong makes a speech on "Reform in Learning, the Party, and Literature," which puts into motion the Yan'an Rectification Movement
1924 — Russian-United Kingdom relations are restored, more than six years after the Communist revolution
1900 — Great Britain, defeated by the Boers in key battles, names Lord Roberts commander of British forces in South Africa
1865 — U.S. President signs the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, abolishing slavery
1835 — Slavery is abolished in Mauritius
1793 — France declares war on the United Kingdom and the Netherlands
1662 — Chinese general Koxinga seizes the island of Taiwan after a nine-month siege