The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on May 2, 1957 · Page 18
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"Snap-on" Tools Plants Pictured 2-Atgono (la.) Upper Dei Moines Thursday, May 2, 195? KENOSHA, WISCONSIN — Manufacturing operations of Snap-on Tools durine the first ten years were Performed; ui rented quarters in Milwaukee, Wise. The firm began acquiring a"s own plant u-rTmLo^n^^lU^Q^" 8 ^ 0 ^? o£ } h .l inl t? al fact< ?T at Kenosrfa. Expansions to this p™ if m • ' .I 3 ' l« 6 nna nd 1953 ' and thc abovo aeria i P hot ° shows it as it exists today This plant has approximately 157,000 square feet of floor space located on a 22-acre site at the south of Hriil?n^-n^?^ tl h I ? SaP ,t r - f ° ffrmed i^ re inc l uc !5 die J*infeing, forging, automatic machinlry punching dulling, milling, broaching, welding, polishing, heat treating and plating. (Snap-on foto—UDM engraving) TORONTO. ONTARIO — This Canadian subsidiary of Snap-on Tools Corporation performed production operations in rented quarters for several years until, in 1951, a new building, pictured above, was erected at East York, Toronto. This is a modern factory building, on a site of 4 acres, with about 25,000 square feet of floor space. Facilities include a completely equipped production machine shop and heat treating and plating departments. Forgings and semi-finished parts required are supplied by Kenosha and Mt. Carmel. CARMEL, ILLINOIS — In 1937, the Kenosha plant of Snap-on Tools found it necessary to ed expansion space and a site in thp ritv of Mt. Carmpl Til wno /.hncnr. TUia «i=«f «i«»...».j i jj j • ""-""•»"' — "i 1001, me jveuuMja piam 01 ana,. — ..„„..„ ... ....^oo,,.. w seek added expansion space and a,site in the city of Mt. Carmel, 111., was chosen. This plant, pictured above, with an extensive addition erected in J95 5. now has 72,000 square feet of floor space, and is located on a 5Vi acre tract west of Mt. Carmel. Us productions facilities closely parallel those of the Kenosha plant. The fimsheoV products of Mt. Car mel are transferred to the Kenosha warehouse departments. (Snap-on foto—UDM engraving). . , ALGONA. lOWA^-, The Wejdenhoff , 'factory a nd office f masonry buildings, fcnEuning approximately 31 ilities are located in four feet of floor snace on 22 the parent company at Kenosha, Wisconsin. * engineering siaii and Snap-On Tools Founder Allis-Chalmers Farm Machinery New Idea Farm Machinery CMC Trucks JBB as H 0K) Massey-Harris Farm Machinery Oliver Farm Machinery Firestone Tires Eighteen Years In Algona May 1, 1957 Mr. W. W. Daniel, President, f Weidenhoff Corporation, : • Algona, Iowa , i Dear Mr, Daniel; . ' L • * We wish to extend our cordial congratulations to you, the staff and employees of Weidenhoff Corporation on this, fb§ i • '• \ completion of your first year of operations as a subsidiary pf Snap-on Tools Corporation. *. It goes without saying, we believe, that our entire community, both town and rural, senses the great asset of Weidenhoff Corporation in our midst, now and in the future. May the association between Weidenhoff Corporation and the Algona and Kossuth County community be a long and mutually beneficial one for all parties concerned. Yours cordially, M. JOSEPH BRADLEY WAUIR J, BRAOIIY cc/Ken T, Peirce day's work." In 1930, the factory was moved to Kenosha. Mr Johnson has witnessed a constant growth of the Snap-on company. Today, with mechanics and all others who use tools, the name "Snap- on" is known around the globe. Joseph Johnson is trustee of the Kenosha Hospital, director of tin* First National Bank of Kenosha, past president of the Kenosha Assn, , , ttSSSMS x 1 H EMBER ALGONA •HAMBERo/ , COMMERCE DI$r>LAtlMe THIS tMBlEM W i't CONGRATULATIONS To Our Fellow-Member WEI DEN HO FF CORPORATION Subsidiary of Snap'on Tool* Corporation You have, In your first full year of operations, set a solid record of achievement that we as your business friends and neighbors moit .heartily and admiringly salute! You have, it may easily be said, brought to this community a "new industry" . . . and you have, with your »)seable increase in personnel, become an important factor in our area's economy. Tho membership of this civic body sends congratulations to you. a fellow-member, on this occasion . . . with all good wishes for the future. OF East State Street Started Giant Tool Firm 37 Years Ago Joseph Johnson, pictured above, founder, director and today's president ot Snap-on- Tools Corporation, is not only the head ot 4 5 world-famous manufacturing Organization, but like a lot of the »e$t of us, he's a "camera fan." f holography, his hobby, has -be- ffope one of Mr Johnson's prin- Qipal methods of "off - hours" relaxation, and when time permits Q6; uses his camera freely in *pic- Ijuring the natural wonders surrounding his winter home in Arizona. ; Jn his early years, however, Mr Johnson had little time for picture-taking. One of 6 children of Immigrant parents, he grew up in ^jlwaukee, and at the age of 1"4, *rhich was the legal age of employment in those days, he got pip first job as an errand boy jjvjth the former American Grinder and Manufacturing Co. in Milwaukee. In this company, he j(asp through various clerical and supervisory ranks,' and as time Jyogressed began' to, develop, the idea:' that was later to launch .jp^ag-on Tpols Corporation. ;• 'Mr Johnson, still a young man, Became engrossed with the idea Of having different sized sockets that could be attached to a single handle, thus doing away with the many bulky, cumbersome wrenches which so plainly inarked the mechanics of that era, It was while he was at American Grinder that Johnson met William Seidemann, to whom he sold his idea and who even, twally entered with him into the (formation O f Snap-on Toojs Cor* pqration. Upon leaving American Grin- 4e.r to pursue his own ideas, jQhnson became associated with "the -former Milwaukee Corrugating Co. and sales representative W Nebraska. After this experience in the sales field, he joined teidemann in 1920 in founding jjap-on in a small factory in Milwaukee. As Mr Johnson gtates: y ln those days, working a rigiaehine, taking orders, writing contracts were all part of thc ALGQNA IS INDEED FORTUNATE IN BEING THE HOME CITY OF AN INDUSTRY WITH THE POTENTIAL OF WEIDENHOFF CORPORATION Tho acquisition of JPS. Weidenhoff, Inc., here and its operation as a subsidiary corporation (Weidenhoff Corporation) by Snap-on Tools Corporation has resulted in the linkitjg of two 'names' that will go placet in the future. Wherever fine tools are called for - in keeping Argentinian farm machinery moving, servicing bulldozers in Borneo, mining machinery in Peru, autos and trucks throughout our own land , . . the name "SNAP-ON" is a well-known by-word. In the field of electronic testing equipment, the name "Weidenhoff" i* also known and respected- With the combination of research, production and marketing talent that results from this 'linking' ... has come forth a NEW INDUSTRY of great promise. We salute you, Weidenhoff Corporation, and wish you the finest of everything in the future) ALGONA INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

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