Looking At Argus
Early in July Bob Lewis moved to New York, and I was appointed General Manager of the Argus
división. You know that there have been no changes in our policies, and I want to assure you
there are no substantial changes intended. Having had a hand in developing most of these policies,
it is only natural for me to stick with them. Argus is a good place to work- one of the best. I
pledge to do everything within my power to keep it that way. This does not mean, of course, that
changes will not be made when such changes appear desirable. We are in a competitive business in a
dynamic economy, so we have to keep "running" just to stay even. This means that when
conditions change, either in the factory or in the market place, we must be flexible enoughand quick
enoughto change with them. LET'S BRING PROBLEMS TO LIGHT One key to our continued successful
operation is to keep our problems to a minimum by solving them as soon as they start to develop.
Sometimes the most difficult part of solving a problem is to determine just what the problem is.
This is where your supervisors and I need help f rom you. We want the opportunity to help you solve
any problems which may arise, but we can't help unless you teil us that the problem exists. A friend
of mine who is Manager of a small manufacturing plant near here told me a story that illustrates how
important this can be. One of his most senior employees, a man who had been quite friendlyfor years,
suddenly became very antagonistic toward the entire management. It was not until several years later
that the General Manager learned that as a result of a clerical error this employee had received
unfair treatment in connection with a hospitalization claim. The employee had blamed management for
the unfair handling, but had never brought his problem to light. In this particular instance, it was
a problem that could have been easily solved if it had been made known without delay. If you should
have a problem in the future, there are a number of ways that you can teil us about it. We
have a regular grievance procedure which you are encouraged to follow. Or, you can refer a
question to Andy Argus, use the rumor board, or talk it over with any member of the management group
at any time. Please don't hesitate to come in to see me, or to stop me any place in the factory, if
you have any problems or suggestions or anything at all you would like to talk over. SELLING EFFORTS
STRENGTHENED It is no secret to any of you that our sales this year have not been up to expectations
. Our market is extremely competitive, and requires aggressive action for sales success. To build
our volume, we are hard at work on this strong three-point program: 1. Special activity to stimulate
sales between now and Christmas. 2. Development of major new products to increase our sales and
production potential. 3. A sharp review of all existing products to créate improvements which
will increase sales. To get a maximum amount of Argus merchandise into the retail stores as soon as
possible, our salesmen began taking Christmas orders on August 1. We have allowed the retailer an
extra 3% discount for orders received before September 16. This costs the company money, but
encourages the dealers to stock up with more Argus merchandise because he will have a higher profit
on his sales. We intend to introduce several new packages, and plan a "$2 for $1M cooperative
advertising program to give us greater representation in local newspaper ads throughout the country.
Our salesmen are also working with dealers on special programs offer ing f ree trials, generous
tradeins, etc, each designed to build Argus sales under the particular market conditions existing in
various areas. Our new product program is in high gear, with current progress assuring us of several
important new products next year. The appointment
of Cari Chapman as New Products Manager several months ago has proven extremely helpful in
expediting this program, and in coordinating the needs of sales and engineering to assure us of new
products with outstanding consumer appeal. We have just completed a careful study of each of our
current products by stylists, engineers and sales specialists. A number of changes have been ordered
to gain more sales appeal and new competitive advantages. You will soon see the results of this
up-dating program. LES SCHWANBECK APPOINTED . We all know how much interest Les Schwanbeck has
always taken in the Argus Profit Sharing Fund. Accordingly, I am very pleased to announce that the
Board of Director s of Sylvania has appointed Les a member of the Savings and Retirement Committee.
This committee has responsibility for the general administration of the Sylvania Savings and
Bill Underwood Accepts Teaching Position
Company's New Tv Show To Start In October
It wonTt be long now. On Thursday, Oct. 3, to be exact, the company's new weekly
televisión show, MThe Real McCoys, " will premiere over Channel 7 at 8:30 p.m. The show
stars three-time Academy Award winner Walter Brennan. Also featured will be Richard Crenna, best
known as the squeekyvoiced Walter Dentón on the MOur Miss Brooks" show, andKathy Nolan,
who played Wendy in the unforgettable "Peter Pan. "
You Asked Andy
A question was sent to me asking why some Projector Assembly line (Dept. 21) employees were
ailowed to start work before the regular shift begins. Jim Brinkerhoff, Dick Leggett and Dick Caley
explained that thesituation had alreadybeen brought to their attention. This practice, they pointed
out, is contrary to company policy and has been stopped. The policy is keeping with that foliowed by
other manufacturers. Safer ïhis Year A report from Safety Director Gene Rossbach indicates that
so far this year we have made substantial progress in the area of safety and accident prevention. In
the first seven months only four lost time accidents occurred. (Lost time accidents are those where
the injury prevents the employees continuing work during the convalescence. ) While this is
approximately a 50% reduction from last years' rate, we still had a total 38 working days lost. On
the plus side again, we have worked over half a million manhours since the last lost time injury.
S.U.B. Is Big Money Speaking of reports, I saw one recently on S.U.B. (Supple mentar y Unemployment
Benefit Plan). The record shows that since our first check was issued in February of this year, over
$4,000.00 has been paid to Argus employees affected by temporary lay-off. This money is in addition
to the State unemployment aid.
New 1958 Sylvania Tv & Radio Models
Pictured on this page are some of the Radio and Televisión Divisions 1958 product line.
The new models will soon be on display in the Employee Store. A radical change in the TV sets
revolves around the 21" 110% deflection picture tube pioneered by Sylvania in the widely
accepted Slim Jim 17 M portable. This advanced picture tube design permits the use of console
cabinets only 13-34" in depth which is many inches shorter than previous Sylvania models and
many current models built by our competitors. The división has expanded its HIFI line to 12
models including several tape recorders. In addition, three new lower priced transistor radios have
been introduced. Cabinet Cut in Half
Sylvania leads the industry with the first truly modern TV- in a cabinet slim enough to fit where
bigscreen TV would never fit bef ore. The revolutionary 110 Silver Screen Picture Tube cuts up to 12
inches f rom the cabinet depth. Sylvania Ts exclusive S-110 Wrap-Around Chassis cuts inches from the
height and width. And the picture is better than ever.
1958 Deluxe H-F Combination This deluxe console combination in the HI-FI line contains an AMFM
tuner, a tape recorder and a record player. It will sell for around $500 list price. New
6-Transistor Portable Radio
Model 3305, one of the three new transistor portables in the 1958 line, will have a retail price
of $50. It has a inch oval speaker. In an impact-proof, two-tone plastic case with carrying handle,
it willbe available in terra cotta red and gold and in navy blue and gold.
Fun For All At The Family Picnic
Argusites From Canada Visit Ann Arbor
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wilson and Mr. and Mrs. John Lackenby f rom the Argus Canadian operation in
Toronto stopped in to visit us last month. Bob Wilson performs a multitude of jobs for our Canadian
headquarters in addition to sales duties. John Lackenby has taken over most of the actual repair
work since he begins working for Argus Canada. John and his wife have only been in Canada for six
months. They hail from London, England where John was formerly employed by Wallace Heatons, a major
English photographic distributing firm.
The "snake Pit"
A mighty big hole in the floor is about the only way to describe the construction job done in
Plant I during the vacation shutdown last month. The "Snake-Pit" as it has become known,
was constructed to facilitate the installation of an enormous degreasing machine and storage tank.
Total cost of the installation is approximately $17,000.00 which will be ree over ed in the savings
that this unit will provide over our previous degreasing methods.
Meet Our Projector Competition
A look at our competition is always interesting. At this moment, and concentrating on 300 watt,
2x2 slide projectors, it is a particular ly enlightening study which denionstrates the need to keep
improving product design and production efficiency. Argus has long been a leader in projector sales,
and in the development of new projector features. But, hardworking competition has recently narrowed
the gap with fine new developments of their own. As always, Argus
is hard at work on product development and improvement, and this effort assures us of continued
leadership. One of the facts that will stand out as you compare projectors is that Argus know-how
and production ability allows us to offer our top-quality equipment for somewhat lower prices than
almost all leading competitive models. This is a credit to everyone involved in the manufacture of
Argus projectors, and is a big plus for Argus when the customers piek and choose.
ARGUS 300 AUTOMATIC This popular projector shows slides through a high-quality 4n, f:3.3 lens to
give large pictures even in a small room. A single-slide "editor" is included at no extra
cost, along with the Mpush-pulln automatic slide changer. Remote Control unit and Timer may be added
as accessories, or projector may be purchased in a Remote Control model. Price is $64.50 for
Automatic, $79.50 for Remote Control, complete with case.
BELL & HOWELL (TDC) HEADLINER 303 Die-cast aluminum construction like Argus, arid in case
similar to Argus, but with storage space for 6-slide trays vs. 2 magazines in Argus. This projector
uses a slide-file tray in lieu of the Argus magazine, thus not offering the complete slide
protection given by the aluminum frame placed around each slide in the Argus system. Remote Control
model is $83.00, while model comparable to our Automatic is $59.50. Bell & Howell also offers a
variety of other lenses for this projector to equip it for use in special situations.
KODAK 300 PROJECTORS Eastman has the newest projector on the market, with a small and low
appearance. This model is lighter in weight than most on the market through use of plastics and
lighter metals in the body. One advancement is a new optical system that gives outstanding coverage
for the new, larger super - slides. Another convenience is knob-operated focusing and elevation.
Remote Control is not available. Pricewith changer similar to Argus is $74. 50 ($1200 more) and $64.
50 with a new changer that does not use any magazine. KEYSTONE K-300 This model is very similar to
the Argus 300 in terms of operational features, but it apparently lacks two important advantages
offered by Argus. First, there is no arrangement for show ing a single slide for editing pur pos es
. Second, there is no way to convert the Automatic model to Remóte Control operation,
although a separate Remote Control model is available. Appearance is lower than Argus, but bulky
looking. Slides are filed in open tray rather than magazine. Automatic model costs $69. 95, Remote
Control model $89.95.
All information in this article has been gathered f rom official manufacturers ' liter ature and
is believed to be accurate and current.
A Million Staples ... A Call To Tokyo...
How to keep track of 1,200,000 staples, mail over 300,000 letters and place over 6,000
long-distance phone calis is only a small portion of the yearTs work performed by our Office
Services Group. Under the supervisión of Irv Halman, this división of Purchasing
Department is responsible for all the incoming mail distribution, theinterplant service, and all
outgoing mail (with the exception of bulk advertising mail). Other functions of this group included
the operationof our stationery stock store and the división phone service. The stock room
stores and distributes such items as adding machine tape, paper clips envelopes and
countless other items by the thousands. While our inte r-plant and local outside phone calis run
through an automatic switchboard, all incoming calis as well as all outgoing long distance calis are
handled through our two station P.B. X. board. Our two operators, who also doublé as
receptionist, handle all incoming calis and between 500-600 outgoing long-distance calis every
month. During a recent 15-day period, 376 long-distance calis were placed to cities in 32 states and
3 foreign countries. The friendly "Good Morning or Afternoon, Argus" is repeated as many
as 800 times daily on incoming calis.
STATIONERY STORE STAT1STICS EACH YEAR ARGUS USES THESE QUANTITIES OF OFFICE SUPPLIES 745,000
Sheets duplicating paper 385 Rolls typewriter ribbons 260,000 Sheets letterhead stationery 430,000
Envelopes 11,520 Pencils 90,000 Paper clips 126 Lbs. rubber bands
Not Pictured: RUTH HOWE, Time Timekeeping - 10 yrs. CHARLOTTE LEIBISCH, Accounting - 5 yrs.
DOROTHY FISHER, QualitjControl - 5 yrs. MARY GILBERT, Receiving - 5 yrs.
Carriage Trade Pre-view
Pat Harte (Advertising) above, left on a happy note to await the arrival of her first child. Pat
was presented with the baby car bed by members of the Dept.
Central Pack employees gave Bennie Koernke the nice jumper pictured here as she leaves Argus to
await the arrival on a new member of the family.
Two Argus Scouts Attend Jamboree
Joe Detweiler Appointed Chairman Of Profit-sharing Group.
Sylvania Electric Products inc. DonG.Mitchell C..i.O.T.,OO July 26 195? Mr. Joseph H. Detweiler,
Oenl. Mgr., Argus CameraB División Sylvania Electric Products Inc. 405 Fourth Street Ann
Arbor, Michigan Dear Mr. Detweller: the Argus Proflt Sharing Retirement Fund Agreement, the
principal executive offlcer of the company or Plan and serves as Chairman of the Committee. In view
of your appolntment as General Manager of Argus Cameras División, I am pleased to appoint you
as my deputy on the Managing Committee to succeed Mr. R. E. Lewls, effectlve lmmedlately.
Joyce Ellen Schlicht and Richard Foss McClurg were mar ried at 7:30 P.M. on Saturday, August lOth
in the Emanuel Church, Manchester, Mich. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence W.
Schlicht of Manchester. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wendal H. McClurg of New Castle,
Pa. In the wedding party were Mrs. Robert Rau and Miss Elizabeth Clapham. The couple will make their
home in Alloy, W. Va. where the bridegroom is employed by the Union Carbide Corp. Joyce formerly
handled the employee insurance for the Personnel Dept. and many will remember her husband as the
pleasant and able summer lifeguard at Independence Lake.
Marilyn Korte (Dept. 52) and Rudy Janci (Dept. 53) were mar ried on Thursday, July 25th at
Angola, Indiana. The JanciTs honeymooned in Indiana and are now living at 1108 Michigan Ave. , Ann
Elsie Paradise Retires
Robin Er ie Halman (above left) was born July lst to Mr. and Mrs. Irv Halman. Dad works in
Purchasing. Elaine Marie Parson (above right) arrived June 24 weighing in at a whooping 10 lbs. and
15 oz. Her father is Willie Parsori of Dept. 10.
Two We Missed
John Michael Jaeger born last Marchto Marilyn Jaeger, Dept. 81. An April baby, Mark Alian
Gardner, born to Betty Gardner, also Dept. 81.
After the completion of a very close and exciting season, new winners in each Argus golf league
have been established. Winners of each league will play three nine-hole rounds of 27 holes to
establish the Grand Champion and will receive trophies.
Champions Crowned n Argus Golf Leagues
Tuesday Nighl League The winners are Bob BarsanteeHenry Smith. It was a two-team race between
Smith and Spitler-Rossbach. The team of Spitler-Rossbach was leading most of the season up to the
final night when they ran into the combine of McClune-J. Thompson. After the smoke of battle on the
final night of play, Spitler-Rossbach were defeated by McClune-J. Thompson and Barsantee Sr. -Smith
won their match, making them the Champs. Congratulations to Bob Barsantee, Sr. and Henry Smith.
Wednesday Night 3:30 League This league had the closest finish of any league for quite a few
seasons. Of the eight teams in the league, there were six of the eight battling down to the wire for
the first place position. Schwanbeck-Cope were leading goinginto the last night,
but were defeated by Crump-Soderholm. Thus with the defeat of the leaders, G. Calado-D. Towner
came through to win their match and take the championship. Only one point behind them in second
place are M. HoweG. Conn. Congratulations go to G. Calado-D. Towner.
Father, Sons & Dan ghlers (iolf League This league completed its first year and from the
interest shown by the fathers as well as the sons and daughters, it will be continued in the future.
The winners this year were Harold and Denny Petersonwith Scott Peterson substituting.
Wednesday Night 5:00 League The team of Ambrazevich-Haas set a fast pace at the start of the
season and continued their fine play to capture the championship. Although the teams of
Sealscott-Hale and ZillWellman gave them a close race, they finished second and third.
Argus Two Ball Mixed Four Some Tournament
This annual affair will be held Saturday, September 14 at the Inverness Golf Course. All
employees and their husband or wife are eligible to play. CORRECTIONS. . .WITH APOLOGIES
Catherine Stotts of Final Inspection is a well-known Argus veteran of 15 years. We are sorry
about the error which showed only 5 years in the last issue. When we pictured Herb Phabe, Jr. in the
June Gradúate section of the last issue, we inadvertently failed to mention that Herb's
Mother is Katherine Pfabe of Argus Dept. 10. Our apologies, and congratulations to Katherine on the
accomplishment of her son, Herb Jr.
Published every other month for the employees of Argus Cameras, and their families.
Coördinator - Arthur Parker, Jr. REPORTERS: Machine Shop - DOROTHY LIXEY, Camera Assembly -
BETTY FORSYTH, Lens Processing - BETTY SHATTUCK, Maintenance - JOHN KOKINAKES, Optical Assembly and
Final Inspection - KATIE DEL PRETE, Engineering - HÉCTOR HAAS and JUNE OSBORNE, Standards and
Production Planning - VIRGINIA Tool Room - BILL FIKE, Accounting - CAROL WHITE, Service - TOM
KENTES, Suggestion Office - PAUL McCOY, C-4 and 44 Assembly - THRESSEL CONLEY, Sales - LOIS ELKINS,
Shipping and State Street Warehouse - LIZ CLAPHAM, Paint Shop - RON ARNST, Night Shift - ART SELENT.
Feature writers: Joe Detweiler , Andy Argus, Don Crump Photoprinting: Jan Gala MATERIAL MAY BE
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Capital Is Labor Grown A Little Older
WHICH carne first, the chicken or the egg? A tricky question-but there isnTt any doubt that work
came before capital. Capital is anything that is used to produce things. A fishermari's boat is
capital. But it took work to build the boat. If the fisherman bought the boat instead of making it
himself, he still had to work for the money to buy it. Since none of us can go on working forever,
we areor should be- turning some part of our work into capital. This capital may be in the form of
savings, insurance or pension payments, that we 41 have to live on when we stop working.
MAYBE we don't think of ourselves as capitalists during our years of active work. But later on we
'11 have to be capitalists, profiting f rom past work and savings, or depend on 'social security. '
The enemy of all personal capital investment plans is inflation. Even if our wages keep a step ahead
of the game, inflation will eat away our savings, insurance or pension funds. At the present rate of
inflation- three per cent a year- in only ten years the dollar will lose one-fourth of its value.
The effect would be about the same as having worked several years for nothing.