Reviewing Argus Progress
Several questions have come up since our recent announcement that Argus stock is now being traded
on the New York Stock Exchange. I have been asked what it means as f ar as the Company's operations
in Ann Arbor are concerned. Actually, neither the announcement nor the trading of our stock on the
New York exchange has any effect on our operations. Our stock has been traded on the American Stock
Exchange, which is also located in New York, for many years. The New York Stock Exchange is the
biggest and best-known exchange in the world. When people want to invest money they usually look to
those stocks offered by the New York Stock Exchange before they look to other markets. That is the
reason for our transfer to the New York Stock Exchange. Practically all of the leading manufacturers
are listed on this exchange, and we believe that we belong with the best. A point of interest is the
fact that on March 5, 1956, the day we officially started doing business on the New York Stock
Exchange, we had over 2,000 stockholders. This indicates the number of people who have enough
confidence in our operations to invest their savings in our business . Speaking of our business, I
am writing this article just after returning from the national photographic show in Chicago. This is
the one photographic industryshow each year which is designed to attract the photographic dealers.
Thousands of them come to this show to look over new products and to get new promotion ideas. Vm
proud to say that Argus was well represented. In fact, many of the dealers with whom
I carne in contact remarked that we had the most outstanding exhibit in the show. We are
naturally proud of this because all manufacturers in the industry work hard to attract the dealers
to their exhibits. There was much acclaim from all for the new 300-watt projector, the new C-44
camera with its easy-tochange bayonet-type lens, the new Variable Power Viewfinder which works with
all of our cameras that use interchangeable lenses, and the new L-44 light meter that clips on our
C-3, C-4, and C-44 cameras. (These products are now on display in the Plant I cafetería and
are pictured on page 9 of this issue. ) These new products, in addition toour other popular models
still in demand, give all dealers and salesmen plenty from Argus to talk about. We must remember,
however, that at the same time we were displaying our products our competitors were showing theirs.
We have several new products to compete with this year. Graflex has a 35 mm camera selling in the
C-4 price class. Reveré and TDC are constantly competing for our sales in the projector
field, and, of course, GE and Weston are oíd ñames in the meter business. We are
constantly striving to prevent these products from penetrating our position in the photographic
market, but they serve as a constant reminder that we have serious competition from well-established
and successful companies.
About The Cover
This monthTs cover picture is of Jessie Forshee, Accounting. Her brother Jim took the picture at
the Caberfae ski area near Cadillac.
Jcc To Hold Annual Show
Irv Halman, Internal Audit, will be General Chairman of the annual Junior Chamber of Commerce
Show to be held May 9 through 13 in the Veterans1 Memorial Park. Torn Lester, Internal Audit, is
Treasurer of the Show. As has been done in the past, Argus will have a booth at the Show.
Recreation Club Planning For Fun
With the spring season fast approaching, the Recreation Club Operating Committee has started
planning for the season1 s activities at the Independence Lake area. During the early stages of the
planning the subject of constructing a pavilion was given a very thorough study. After comparing the
costs of construction against the limited usage the pavilion would presently receive, it was decided
that the same funds could be more fully utilized in expanding the present facilities. The major
building projects slated for completion this summer include a first aid unit, a utility shed for
material and equipment storage, additional picnic tables and fireplaces, and a concrete walkway f
rom the beach to the bath house. A tentative agreement has been made with the Detroit Edison Company
for the installation of electric power service at the Lake. This should prove to be a great asset to
our building program and a wonde rful convenience for our recreational needs. With an eye towards
the future, it has been decided to check the possibility of having the University of Michigan School
of Architecture or Forestry furnish the Club with a range building and development program layout
for the Lake area. The purpose of this move would be to obtain expert advice and ideas on the course
we should set in making the area most useful to all the Club members and their families. At the same
time we will be progressing on a sound economical basis. It is planned to purchase additional play
equipment, such as swings, slides, and teeter boards. Other equipment to be purchased includes a
shuffle-board outfit, basketball nets, and volleyball and badminton layouts . With the election of
new officers and representatives set to take place in April, everyone should be thinking seriously
of just who will do the best job of carrying out the tasks which have been outlined here.
Be Sure To Vote For Recreation Club Officers
Candidates For Secretary
Candidates For Treasurer
Recreation Club Elections To Be First Week In April
The annual election of Argus Recreation Club officers will take place the first week in April.
Shown on this page are the candidates for the offices of Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.
The Vice President will automatically become President of the Club in 1957. In addition to voting
for the candidates he chooses, each member should begin thinking about selecting someone to be the
Recreation Club Representative for his department. (NOTE: Be sure to read the article on page 2
about the Recreation (Hub's plans for the coming summer season. )
Eleven Take Mtm Course
Eleven Argusites recently received certificates for the completion of an week course in Methods,
Time Study, and Time Measurement. The course, which was instructed by Fred Vees and Bill Lamb of the
Standards Department, is designed to help its graduates learn the techniques used in solving methods
problems. The "students" learned the proper approach to methods study and how to determine
the valué so that study can be applied in the áreas where savintrs r.an be made.
Graduates of the last course are recognized by the state and instructors Vees and Lamb hold
instructors' certificates Another Methods, Time Study, and Methods-Time Measurement course is
planned to begin April 1. " The graduates of the last course are shown in the pictures above
after they received their certificates. In the top picture (left to right) are Bob Parker, Bill
Ambrazevich, Harold Hale, and Mark Kremer, Standards; Bob Allen Paint and Bill Lamb and Fred Vees,
Standards. Shown in the picture directly above are (left to right) Fred Leeman, Standards; Brice
Bennett, Grinding; Phil Street, Punch Press; Fred Tower, Optical Assembly (standing); Bob Kalmbach,
Camera Assembly; and Ken Sells, Machine Shop.
You Asked Andy
Spring f ever so soon? I couldn't dig up more than one letter this month. Fire Alarms "If
you are unable to hear the fire alarm in the area you work- what are you supposed to do?M I got
together with Torn Spitier and Gene Rossbach on this and this is the set-up. The fire alarms are
connected with the sprinkler systems in each plant. Therefore, if a fire should occur in Plant II
only the sprinkler system in Plant II would go into operation and only employees in Plant II would
hear the alarm. If the fire were in Plant I, as it was last month, Plant II would not hear an alarm.
I've noticed lately that each time letters for me are collected from the Andy Argus boxes, several
suggestion forms are found with the letters. Suggestion forms should be placed in the special
suggestion boxes. Putting them in the Andy Argus boxes only delays action on your suggestions.
February 10, 1956 Attention: Mr. Lewis, President Dear Mr. Lewis: The Argus Employees Credit
Union has just closed its first fiscal year. During the past year, the Credit Union has served over
500 Argus employees with the intent of increasing the happiness and peace of mind of each and every
member. Through the efforts of Argus Cameras, Inc., and its many employees who participated in
making this Credit Union run efficiently, we have succeeded in combining happiness and peace of mind
with a prosperous and growing corporation. It is with utmost pleasure that we send this letter of
thanks and sincere appreciation to Argus Cameras, Inc., for all of the cooperation and aid it has so
graciously given to the Argus Employees Credit Union. Sincerely, Jeanine A. Groomes, Secretary
Bill, Bill, Bills!
How would you like to open up your monthly electric bill and find that the amount due is
$5,463.22? That was the amount Argus paid for electric ity during the month of January this year.
That amount paid for 350,385 kilowatt hours of electric ity. Argus ' total electric bill for 1955
was $66,358.17 and employees used 4,366,324 kilowatt hours of electricity. The cost of operating one
light fixture 8 hours per dayfor one month would make a very small dent in a bill of over $5,000.
But if you multiply that one light by 7,000 (the approximate number of lights at Argus), and then
include the operation of electrical machine ry and equipment, it is easy to see how the cost climbs
to such high figures. The fuel oil truck which periodically pumps fuel oil into Argus buildings
delivered 310,715 gallons of fuel oil to us last year, which cost us $25,969.56. Almost 43,000
gallons were used in January alone, which made our monthly bill $3, 832.59. Most of us take a drink
of water pretty much for granted. The faucets and pipes at Argus released water last year to the
tune of $19, 212.81, which paid for almost 12 million cubic f eet of water. The January, 1956 water
bill alone was $1, 247. 47. Last year Argus paid $4, 224. 74 for 4, 606, 100 cubic f eet of gas. We
used 789,400 cubic f eet of gas this January alone, at a cost of $648.46. To narrow the picture down
a little, the Argus Accounts Payable Department paid out over $11,000 for utilities for the month of
January, 1956. (And the monthly bilis to follow will be pretty much the same.) All utilities for the
year of 1955 came to a staggering total of $115,765.28.
FUEL OIL $25,969.56
Argus Keeps Ahead Of Fire With Efficient Fire Control Equipment
One thing that the recent fire which occurred in the Paint Shop did was to verify that Argus'
fire control equipment is adequate and in good working order. The fire occurred in the Ransburg
painting unit which was recently installed in the Paint Shop. Outer parts of cameras and projectors
hang from hooks on conveyor belts. The Ransburg painting unit power s these conveyor belts and moves
them through the paint spray booths and through an oven. The fire itself did little damage except to
scorch the interior of the large cylinder in which the unit is located. Just before the fire started
Reuben Egeler, Paint Shop, had been running some pieces through and, not satisfied with their
appearance as they carne out of the oven, he turned the Ransburg off to examine them. He then turned
the power back on and was putting some sample pieces on the hooks to run them through again when he
heard the warning bell which means that the power has shut off. He went back to the unit and f ound
it in f lames . He and his brother, Norm, grabbed a portable extinguisher unit and a dry chemical
unit and, in a few minutes, had the fire out. The remaining heat, however, was strong enough to
touch off the sprinkler head above, which promptly sprayed water on the area. In the picture (above
Mr. Lewis, with Reuben and Norm, look at the Ransburg where the fire burned its interior. The
hand extinguisher which the Egelers used is shown in the foreground.
The Paint Shop, being especially susceptible because of the combustible nature of the plant
fumes, is particularly well guarded against f ir e.
The supply of paint is kept in a small room behind the Paint Shop. This room is protected with a
fire door which is shown above being operated by Gene Rossbach. The fire door, which is made of wood
and covered with strong metal, is designed to keep fire within a certain room. The door, which is
built on a slant at the top, is kept open by a heavy weight which is attached to a rope. In case of
fire, the heat breaks a fusable link, which severs the rope and the weight and permits the door to
slide closed of its own weight. Several of these fire doors are located in various parts of both
Outside the door of the paint storage room are several cylinders of carbon dioxide (shown above).
Pipes run into the room from the cage and, in case of fire, the nozzles attached to the pipes (shown
below) release the carbon dioxide, which shortly eliminates all oxygen in the room and, of course,
puts out the fire.
The new paint spray booths (see picture above) in the Paint Shop cut down on the amount of
dangerous fumes which rise f rom the paint. The walls of the booths are covered with a continual
stream of running water. The water cate hes paint spray which would otherwise rise into the air.
The availability of a hand fire extinguisher played an important part in putting out the fire in
the Paint Shop so quickly. There are 156 hand extinguishers like the one shown at the right
scattered through all the plants and warehouses.
Argus Keeps Ahead Of Fire With Efficient Fire Control Equipment
After the fire in the Paint Shop started, trucks and equ ip ment from the fire department got to
Argus in practically no time at all. This was due in part to the efficiënt alarm system both at
Argus and at the fire department.
The story of this alarm system can probably best be told with pictures. The story starts with a
fire which causes enough heat to touch off one of the heads on our sprinkling system. When the head
blows, a lar ge valve opens, letting water in directly f rom city pipes. Each group of sprinklers is
connected to its own valve. One of these valves is shown in the picture above. Once the sorinkler
touched off, a signal comes through to the indicator at the guard's desk (see picture at f ar
left), travels to a unit which is elsewhere in the plant (center picture), which automatically
signáis the fire department (picture below). In other words, the fire department knows that
there is a fire at Argus and approximately where it is seconds after a sprinkler head is touched
A carbon dioxide unit, much like the one in the paint supply room behind the Paint Shop but
smaller is set up in Plant n in 'the Blocking Department. In the picture below, Meivin
us, Blocking, points to one of the nozzles which release carbon dioxide in case of f iré.
The carbon dioxide cylinder, along with the rest of the unit, is attached to the wall in the
Argus is, then, as fully equipped to control f ir e as we are to prevent it. As soon as the
sprinkler system goes into operation, the alarm in that plant is automatically sounded, the guard's
desk is notified of the location of the fire, and the f ir e department is practically on its
Fourteen Serve 5, 10 Years
NOT PICTURED: Francis L' Esperance, Production Planning- 5 years.
New Argus Products Make Debut At Show
Argus presented a great variety of completely new products at the National Photographic show in
Chicago last week. The C-44, with a precisión four element lens and a very clever mounting
feature which permits easy and accurate interchange of objectives, was a headliner. The C-44 will be
the most complete picture -taking package ever produced by Argus. The package includes the camera, a
35 mm wide angle objective, a 100 mm telephoto, a on optical variable power viewfinder with parallax
adjustments and accommodations for plugging in the flash gun, a flash extensión bracket, and
newly designed saddle leather carrying cases for each item. The picture-taking quality and
appearance of the objectives are exceptionally good and will stand comparison with lenses costing
much more. The new projector line includes Standard model, the accessory case for it, the automatic
model and the new remote control unit which changes slides merely by pressing a button on the end of
a 15-foot cord. This last item will permit the user to sit in any part of the room and
opérate the projector. Another important product is the new L44 meter, a compact
precisión instrument which clips on to any camera which has a standard accessory shoe. The
meter is simple to opérate and has the added feature of an incident light attachment.
The photographs below we re taken with a C-44 during the first days- and nights - of putting the
camera into production. The pictures were taken after regular working hours and show a few of the
Harriette Clement, Sales, was married March 3 to Richard Semark of Clinton. The wedding took
place at 6:30 p.m. at the West Side Methodist Church in Ann Arbor. The Semarks honeymooned in
Grayling, Michigan and are now living in Ypsilanti.
The engagement of Donna Gilbert, Sales, and Garrett Bakker of Ann Arbor was announced recently.
They plan to be married April 1.
Argus Wee Folk
daughter Valerie Jean, born January 20. Val weighed in at 5 lbs., 5 oz. A daughter, Gwen Ann, was
born February 8 to Bob Lucas, Service. Gwen weighed 7 lbs., 7-12 oz. Warren Hale, Raw Inspection,
has a son Alan Floyd. Born February 12, Alan weighed 9 lbs., 1 oz. He has brothers Darryl, 7, and
Jimmy, 6, and a sister Pamela, 2-12.
Barbara Bacon Wins Bonus Week Award
(Above) Bruce Corley, Sales, (f ar left) congratulateshissecretary Barbara Bacon as she receives
a $25 savings bond as a suggestion bonus week award. Paul McCoy, Suggestion Office, (center) made
the presentation. The bond was in addition to $13.50 which Barbara won for her suggestion. Hers was
the first bonus award to be made. Barbara 's suggestion was to standar diz e line spacing on pure
has ed forms to correspond with that of our Standard typewriters. John Burkhart, Tabulating,
received an award of $85. 50 for his suggestion concerning the revisión of the Processing
Fabrication report in the Tabulating Department. An award of $26. 50 was presented to Joyce Nichol,
Centering, for suggesting that the background around centering targets be painted black. The use of
this idea cuts down operator strain considerably. Ed Makielskifs (Production Control) suggestion
that the scale weight pans and bars be painted to help distinguish between components netted him a
suggestion award of $21.50. Orviel Harrison, Production Control, received suggestion awards of $14
and $12.50. A $10 suggestion award went to Marilyn Korte, Glass Salvage.
Door Prize Winners
Winners of the door prizes at the Recreation ClubTs Valentine Dance last month were Ruth Howe,
Timekeeping; Torn Heermans, New Products; and John Miatech and Bill Ambrazevich, Standards. Each
winner received a turkey.
The season is drawing to a close and the same three or four teams are fighting for the top
positions. Argus Q.C., Thirsty Five, and Tool Room are still one, two, and three. With a couple of
bad nights any of these three teams could change places. There is still plenty of time to get your
name on the Honor Roll. This past month we have four additions to the Honor Roll. They are: Jess
Cope- 223, Jim Fraser-223, Ernie Billau- 223; and John Braykovich-220. Chuck McClune rolled the
highest three-game series last month with games of 171, 205, 223 = 599, one pin short of the highest
three-game series of 600 rolled by Les Schwanbeck. Standings so far this year:
Highest single team game (actual)- Thirsty Five- 940. MEN?S AFTERNOON BOWLING LEAGUE Standings so
f ar this year:
Highest single team game (actual)- Four Roses- 859. WOMEN'S BOWLING LEAGUE Standings so far this
Highest single team game (actual)- Ten Pins- 747. At the end of the regular bowling season, how
about a roll-off between the Men's and Women's Leagues? The six teams in the Women's League would
bowl the first six teams in the Men's League (with 70% handicap). What do you think of the idea?
ARGUS BOWLING HONOR ROLL
NOTE: ItTs time to start organizing the Golf Leagues!
Published monthly for the employees of Argus Cameras, Inc. and their families. Editor - Millie
Haynie REPORTERS: Machine Shop - DOROTHY LIXEY, Camera Assembly - RUTH O' HARE, Purchasing - DOLORES
HELZERMAN, Lens Processing - BETTY SHATTUCK, Maintenance - EMIL JOHNSON, Optical
Assembly-Inspection, JEAN FITZGERALD, Engineering - JIM MELDRUM, Standards - VIRGINIA BIRNEY,
Production Planning - PATT DUCHARME, Tool Room - BILL FIKE, Shipping - HILDA WHITE, Accounting -
BEULAH NEWMAN, Service - TOM KENTES, Suggestion Office - ART PARKER, Jr. , Govt. Opt. Assembly -
THRESSEL CONLEY, Sales - IRMA VARNER, State Street Warehouse - BOB MILLER, Paint Shop - RON ARNST,
Night Shift - GEORGE NAVARRE and LEO WIEDERHOFT. Feature writers: Robert Lewis, Andy Argus, Don
Crump Photoprinting: Jan Gala
Wilffiot Gray 306 Maple Ridge Arm Arbor, Mich.
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"corporate Citizen" - A Good Neighbor
People look to the modern American corporation, quite rightly, to produce goods and to
créate jobs. But it may be overlooked that along with these economie responsibilities, the
corporation is a good citizen in its community. The corporation is organized for efficiënt
production. At the same time, it is made up of people -of individuals with hearts and consciences
and the desire to be good neighbors.
In order to do its job of responsible citizenship, the corporation must earn a profit. Only a
successful, going company can provide steady work and pay to the people; meet its tax obligations to
local, state and federal governments; stimulate local business through payrolls and purchases f rom
local firms, and do its full part in educational, civic, and charitable activities of the community,
as a good neighbor.