Reviewing Argus Progress
All departments in the plant are now engaged in a cost-reduction program. In this connection,
there have been some reductions in personnel, predominantly in the salaried departments. No further
reductions of this type are contemplated. All of us are looking, however, for other types of cost
where substantial reductions can be made. This cost-reduction program has, of cour se, been the
subject of much discussion throughout the plant. I have heard rumor s that sales we re bad and that
the Company was in poor financial condition. There is no truth in either of these rumors. Sales have
been running on forecast, and commercial sales are ahead of last year. We have, as you all know, not
yet released full production on the new C-44 camera. Had we been able to fill the orders we have had
for that camera, our sales volume would have been substantially higher. We have been building
inventory for the last few months, in accordance with our recent practice of building substantial
inventories during the first half of the calendar year in order to avoid, as much as possible,
lay-offs right af ter Christmas. This inventory is just reaching its peak. It should begin to go
down steadily as we get into the Christmas selling season. All indications point to a good season
this Christmas. There has been a slow-down in the Detroit área because of the reduced
automobile sales, but elsewhere throughout the country general business conditions are good.
Many of our costs have increased in recent years. Wage costs have gone up steadily. Our vendors,
too, have granted wage increases, which has resulted in higher prices of everything we buy. To keep
our company strong and healthy in the future, we are engaged in an active new product program, and
the cost of engineering and tooiing some of these new products will not result in sales for a year
or more. We cannot materially increase the price of our present products because the Argus
reputation has been based on giving the best value for the dollar, and higher selling prices would
put us out of line with our competition. The increased costs of wages and the high introductory
costs of these new products must be paid for by reducing costs in other areas. That is the purpose
behind the present cost-reduction program. The first step in our cost-reduction program was a
decisión to close our Germán plant. Although we have remained optimistic about the
future success of that Company, its continuance at this time cannot be justified when we are making
every effort to reduce expenses. The Company!s financial condition is excellent. We owe very little
money. Our sales have increased steadily, and we have exciting new products in the months to come.
These products will do much to make Argus an even better name in the photographic industry.
More June Graduates
May, June Ideas Net $618 In Suggestion Awards
Jim Sieloff, Production Control, received a $66.93 suggestion award for suggesting that light
shields be made out of some material that had been scrapped. Other May awards were as follows: Don
Clark, Machine Shop-$17; Francés Vining, Service- $16; Chester Linden, Safety $1 5; Catherine
Stotts, Final Inspection- $14 plus a $25 bonus week savings bond; Joann Salyer, Paint Shop- $13.50;
Don Bortles, Chemical Processing- $12.68 and $10; and Ventura Brown, Mail $10. Marguerite Fisher and
Mary Anne Eschelbach of Sales headed the June suggestion award parade by winning $245.03 fortheir
suggestion concerning a new method of processing orders in the Sales Department. A check for $70. 29
went to Lillian Ehrlich, C-4 Camera Assembly, for her suggestion that the collimating operations on
the C-4 and C-44 rangefinders be combined. John Kerns, Polishing, received a suggestion award of
$22.83. His suggestion brought about the use of a three-inch mold in making polishing laps. A $20
award and a $25 savings bond went to Elton Guenther, Polishing, for his suggestion concerning a
method of removing flint and piano polishing tools f rom spindles. Other June awards went to: Darwin
Cox, Production Control-$12. 50; Glenn Eastman, Tool Room- $12 plus a $25 savings bond; and Dan
Smith, Machine $10. 98. The following people received $10 awards: Art Der s ham, Service; Ernest
Billau, Polishing; Margaret Crumley, Cleaning and Inspection; Lucille Harvey, Cleaning and
Inspection; and Ken Rice, Polishing. Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of William
Dixon, who died June 5. Bill retired from the Company last year. Bill Jr. works in the Service
About The Cover
Eddie Girvan took the July cover photo at the Family Picnic.
You Asked Andy
I have some long ones this month so F 11 jump right in. Radios at State Street Warehouse
"Why should we be deprived of a radio set at the State Street warehouse where it isn't
bothering any other department? We all feel we have less conveniences than those working at the
plant, such as a beautiful air-conditioned cafeteria with soft music playing; also a first-aid room
with cots when one is ill and nice rest rooms to relax in on rest periods. In case of tornado
warnings we haven't the P.A. System to notify us; also during the World Series, no one to keep us
posted on scores. We have used consideration by playing the radio softly and use it mainly to hear
the news broadcasts. Can you see any harm in our having a radio?" Torn Spitier told me that
radios were recently removed from all areas of our plants and warehouse. The desirability of radios
probably could be debated at some length. However, I don't think there is much question that news
reports, baseball games, or any talking tend to interfere with our work. At least this is generally
recognized in industry as a poor practice. Attempts are made to provide music where it is possible,
such as in our Plant I Cafeteria. We donTt have music in all rest areas; therefore the State Street
Warehouse is not being singled out as the only area lacking music. As for emergency notices, the
State Street personnel will be advised by telephone as to any necessary precautions they should
take. Paging System '1 suggest that when Argus personnel are paged on the chatter-box it is many
times more effective if the message is repeated a second consecutive time. The first time usually
serves only to alert the subject to listen closely the second time." I talked with Beulah
Newman and with the switchboard operators about this one. There are two reasons why they all feit
that two consecutive pages would be impractical. First, nearly half of the operator Ts time at the
switchboard is taken up paging employees. If that work were to be doubled, the operator wouldnTt be
able to handle her other duties. Second, the operators report very few calis to the switchboard
asking that the message be repeated. They assume from this that the majority of pages are heard by
the persons involved. The operators have a record of each page and can give you any information you
need if you have heard your name but not the message. Cafeteria Prices and Service In reference to
the question regarding the Cafeteria prices and service, Ray Higgins points out that the prices
charged in the Cafeteria are generally the same as those charged prior to the Korean War period. We
all know that prices for food have risen considerably since that time. The only exception is that
coffee was raised 1L per cup to 7L. Sometimes I wonder if we actually realize what the prices of
different items of food do cost us. Ray made up the following menus giving examples of different
possibilities for lunch: Pork Chop $.30 Beef Stew $.25 Roast Beef Potato 05 Potato 05 or Ham $.35
Vegetable 05 Vegetable 05 Potato 05 Bread & Butter . . .05 Bread & Butter . . .05 Vegetable
05 Coffee 07 Coffee 07 Bread & Butter . . .05 Coffee 07 $.52 $.47 f757 Tax .02 Tax .01 Tax .02
754 $.48 $.59 Pie 20? and 15? Milk 10? and 15? In fact, Ray is sporting enough to be willing to
compare his prices with restaurant prices in the area. Although certain restaurants may specialize
in one item (such as hamburger stands) and serve that item at a low cost, the complete menu would
average out pretty well, with some items being higher and some lower. Those of you who have occasion
to eat downtown in some of the local restaurants might like to bring in a menu to compare the prices
of the two establishments. I guess that about covers it. Fll be taking off on that vacation pretty
soon. You too, I guess. I don!t think I have to teil you to have a good time.
Museum Director Takes C-44 Camera To Guatemala
Professor T. H. Hubbell, Director of the University of Michigan Museums, recently visited Argus.
Dr. Hubbell carried an engineering model of the C-44 camera on an expedition into Guatemala and the
Yucatán peninsula, where it was subjected to subtropical climatic conditions . (Above)
Examining the camera, a wide-angle lens, a rotary viewfinder and an L-3 light meter, which came
through the field test in excellent shape, are (left to right) Jim Meidrum, Professor Hubbell, Frank
Ammerman, Eddie Girvan, and Charles Rippel.
U Of M Heart Specialist Pays Visit To Argus
Another recent visitor to Argus was Dr. Anastasius S. Dontas of the University of Michigan
Hospital, who is shown above with Andy Kokinakes. Dr. Dontas, who is a research fellow of the
American Heart Association, has developed a new method for detecting heart disease.
Selling Argus Products In Cuba
Tom Rentes Elected To Order Of Ahepa Post
Torn Kentes, Service, was elected lieutanant governor of the Order of Ahepa at their 25th annual
convention held in Flint last month. Mrs. Kentes was elected district governor to the Daughters of
Penelope at their convention held at the same time.
Girl Scout Receives Top Scouting Honors
The impressive array of Girl Scout merit badges and awards in the photo at left belongs to Jo Ann
Koernke, 13year-old daughter of Phyllis Koernke, Camera Assembly. Jo Ann, who is a member of Troup
#6 in Manchester, has been Scouting for five years and has now earned every award which it is
possible for a Girl Scout to receive. This includes a curved
bar and a five-year pin, in addition to 16 merit badges.
Halman, Grimston Win Top Jcc Positions
Irv Halman, Accounting, recently assumed the post of President of the Ann Arbor Junior Chamber of
Commerce. Jack Grimston, Inventory Control, is Chairman of the Board of Directors. Both Irv and Jack
recently attended the National JCC Convention in Kansas City.
"40 And 8" Group Elects Farrell Chef De Train
Bud Farrell, Service, was elected Chef de Train of the Washtenaw County "40 and 8M groupof
the American Legión last month. He is also Service Officer for the Dexter Legión Post
Bob Cuny Heads Ja Executive Committee
Bob Cuny, Engineering, has been named Chairman of the Executive Committee of Junior Achievement
in Ann Arbor. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Southeastern
Michigan, Inc. The Southeastern Michigan corporation is the largest JA center in the United States.
As Chairman of the Executive Committee Bob will direct the Ann Arbor JA operations. There are eight
JA groups in Ann Arbor. The Ann Arbor JA groups are looking forward to the completion of a new work
center on Fourth Avenue, which will house the equipment used in the manufacture of their products.
Other Argus employees who are working with sponsor ed JA groups as advisors include Ralph Parsons,
Linares Johnson, Will
Dyke, Dick Wood, Dick Dorow, Ginny Lau, Sue Rau, Alex Krezel, Harold Hale, Chuck McClune, and Wes
Congratulations! On Your Argus Anniversary
NOT PICTURED: Angeline Milligan, Punch Press, celebrated her fifth year with Argus in May.
Argus Folks Get Sunny Weather For Family Picnic At Independence
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WE WANT YOU BACK ÍN OOOP WORKIMG ORDER 1
Joanne OTDell, Machine Shop, was mar ried May 19 to Robert C. Moor e of Chelsea. The wedding took
place in the Zion Lutheran Church. The couple honeymooned in northern Michigan and are now living in
Chelsea. Co-workers in the Machine Shop gave Joanne many lovely gifts in honor of the occasion. (See
Gladys Umstead (Switchboard) and Rupe Cutler (Sales) were married March 23 in Fremont, Ohio. The
couple honeymooned at Niágara Falls. They are shown above admiring the electric coffee maker
given to them by co-workers at Argus.
Janice Wright (daughter of Frank, Machine Shop) was wed June 16 to Edwin Mead of Grass Lake. The
ceremony took place at the Grass Lake Methodist Church. The couple honeymooned in northern Michigan
and are now living in Grass Lake. Bradley Stevens, Polishing, married Barbara Swinkowski of Detroit
in Ann Arbor on May 5. Paul Mason and his wife were attendants at the wedding.
A son, Lester John, was born April 3 to Ann Milligan, Machine Shop. He weighed in at 8 lbs. , 10
oz. Torn (Planning) and Edna Goetz (formerly C-4 Camera Assembly) are proud parents of a baby girl,
Diane Marie. Diane was born April 20 weighing 7 lbs., 6-12 oz.
Janet Elise Mclntyre was born April 30 weighing 7 lbs. , 8 oz. Father Bob works in the Machine
Amual Bergey, Machine Shop, has a daughter, Beverly Anne, born May 20. Beverly weighed in at 8
lbs., 7 oz.
John E. Wood, Jr. weighed in at 9 lbs., 14-12 oz. on May 25. Papa John works in Polishing.
Switchboard operator Evelyn Weindorf's daughter Gail Ann arrived May 27. She weighed 4 lbs. , 3 oz.
Ralph Parsons' (Paint Shop) son James Craig was born June 8. He weighed in at 8 lbs., 3 oz.
Dick Jennings, Engineering, has a daughter Nancy Hardy. She weighed in at 7 lbs., 1 oz. on June
"careless Clem" Says
"When moving an electric fan don't shut off the power. Fingers stuck in the spinning blades
make the funniest sound!"
By Don Crump Her e are the events and winners at the men's golf outing held at Lakeiand Golf
Course on June 2.
Event Winners Prizes LOW GROSS Dick Leggett, Joe Detweiler, (actual Bob Nickels 40 Camera score)
Dick Leggett won the draw Umbrella LOW NET Joe Detweiler, lst Putter (actual Ron Kauf man, 2nd
Umbrella score Leonard Thomas, 3rd 3 golf balls less Aaron Otts, 4th Hood covers handicap) Russell
Conley, 5th Rain jacket Bill Ambrazevich, 6th Ball marker Ray Clark, 7th Golf ball Carlos Chapman,
8th Golf ball Torn Heermans, 9th Golf ball LOW PUTTS Neil Navarre and Don Crump FOR NINE tied with
13 putts. HOLES Neil won the draw. Score keeper BLIND HOLES Joe Lyons Hood covers Russ Bullis Hood
covers Chuck McClune 3 golf balls Norm Symons 3 golf balls CHIPPING Bill Courtright, lst Ball
retriever CONTEST Gene Rossbach, 2nd Rain jacket BLIND PUTTING Marvin Geiger 3 golf balls CONTEST
SPECIAL Eugene Kline Golf meter ING CONTEST FOUR HOLE Joe Dobransky Golf meter PUTTING (There were
six tied in the four-hole putCONTEST ting: Torn Spitier, Morrie Howe, George Calado, Roger Westphal,
Don Kane, and Joe Dobransky.) HOLE-IN-ONE Joe Dobransky, lst $14. 75 CONTEST Dick Leggett, 2nd 10.
00 (closest to hole) Russ Bullis, 3rd 5. 00 BLIND BOGEY Kirk Fisher, Bill Courtright, SCORE Aaron
Otts, Don Crump, Norm Symons, and Dick Leggett $2.35 each
Tuesday, 5:00 League
Wednesday, 3:30 League
Wednesday, 5:00 League
Softball Manager O'Donnell has shaped the Argus Softball Team into afineworking unit. To support
this f act, they have won the first three games with one Mno hitter. " Pitcher Gayle Nelson
pitched to only 21 batters with 15 strike outs. With such a fine showing, the team should have a
larger following. Let's make it a point to go to the next game. Watch the poster in the main lobby
for the nights of play. List of Players Catcher: M. Robinson Pitchers: Nelson Eskin Foor Infielders:
Kalmbach Bock Yates Geiger Gregory Outfielders: Allen Haworth Nordman Zemke Swansey Fraser Schneider
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 THIBODEAU, State Street Warehouse - BOB MILLER, Paint Shop - RON
ARNST, Night Shift - ART SELENT and LEO WIEDERHOFT. Feature writers: Robert Lewis, Andy Argus, Don
Crump Photoprinting: Jan Gala
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First Aid Building Erected
(Left) Lewis Belleau adds human interest to this shot of the new first aid building at
Independence Lake. This looking building is equipped with a cot and first aid kit. All of the credit
for this wonde rf ui addition to the lake area goes to Herman Bauer and Elmer Kalmbach (see photo
below left), who constructed the entire building. A great big thank you is in order for Herm and
Elmer for the time, energy, and talent which they so willingly contributed. You did a fine job,
boys, and we all appreciate iU
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(Above) On lifeguard duty at Independence Lake this summer is Dwayne Berner. Either Dwayne or
Dick McClurg (whose picture appeared in last monthTs ARGUS EYES) is on duty at the lake every day
during the week and both are present on week-ends.
The lifeguards would like to remind employees that swimmers under six must be personally
supervised by an adult. Also, a great many pieces of broken glass andother sharp objects have been
found on the beach and in the water in the bathing area. We all know how dangerous this situation
can be and the Recreation Club would like to ask the cooperation of everyone who uses the lake
facilities in keeping the bathing area clean and safe.