Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on January 4, 1959 · Page 69
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 69

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, January 4, 1959
Page 69
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VAN CAMP'S NEW LONG BEACH OFFICES When this modern office structure is completed in Long Beach Harbor on Pier A, Van Camp Sea Food Co. will move the headquarters of their big organization into it. The office building is being constructed by the Harbor Department under a long-term lease. Giant Van Camp Sea Food Co. to Operate From L B. Offices By JAY HARRIS Van Camp Sea Food Co.'s move to Long Beach is another major itep in its role o£ leadership in the tuna industry. Its new office building, lo- now a major staple in the ounce family size Chicken of the American family diet. In 1914, Frank Van Camp disposed of interests in Indiana, and with Gilbert C. Van Camp Sr., purchased the California Sea and White Star tuna. Processing operations at Van Camp's plant are complex, no only for the canning of tuna but also for the manufacture o cated on Pier A F«t ,7 j£n1 Tllnny packin E Co. in San the numerous by-products such Van Camei It will vL« th Ppdr °- They started packing as amino acids, fish oil, fish C a P S " organization --the largest tuna packer in the world, processing and selling sea is one of the oldest businesses! 6, 1914. This first plant was on Terminal in hstory, the city has this industry ini i accomplishment was to con-'--' - " ' p l a n t StrUCt a Lite *.*tj jiaa niia jimusLl V nil ,.· u vi ii- ^ r Long Beach for the first \i me '^' Ch °" ablCS th f m . '° b " y . f ' Sh in major proportions. at any time and keep it in a [continually fresh state The fishermen until acknowledged leaders in the in- made with the Long Beach Har-!s ev e n daysT^ek when^the? bor Commission, who erected p i ants wcre unable to take their the building. This new office,i catc hes which is entirely air-conditioned reflects use of the newest developed and tested building materials. It consists of steel with an aluminum and porcelain- enamel skin; sun control was achieved by use of shade screen laminated with glass for easy maintenance. The building contains 36,000 square feet of working space, including interior courts, cafeteria and product sampling and control facilities This office building makes a fine addition to the great and growing harbor area, and will lend more economic strength and stability in jobs and additional business for the City of Long Beach. IN SALUTE TO VAX CA9IP SEA FOOD CO. and their fa- mouj brands, Chicken of the Sea, White Star and Van Camp's, we briefly tell of the company, its history, its major contributions to the industry, and the modern fleet ranging the high seas in quest of tuna to meet the demands of ever- increasing public desires for tuna. Gilbert C. Van Camp, Jr., president, grew up in the family tradition of food packing. His father, Gilbert C. Van Camp, Sr., now chairman of the board; his grandfather, Frank Van Camp, the founder of Van Camp Sea Food Co.; and his great- grandfather, .the originator of the Van Camp Packing Co. in Indianapolis, have all been major contributors to America's food-packing industry. The Van Camp family first started packing food products in the Midwest about the time Abraham Lincoln became president. After many experiments, they originated and introduced canned pork nnd beans in tomato sauce. tributions to the fishing Indus- Mansville and Robertshaw and try made by Van Camp were Fulton, show the high rate of purse-seine method of fishing attained in the business and The men who are officers and directors of the company, am who have helped the Van Camp ivelop the business to its pres ent dominant position in industry, are Glenn H. Cope land, executive vice president Montgomery Phister, vice presi dent and secretary and counsel and finance officer; William B Dugan, vice president and di rector of sales and advertising W. H. Gillis Jr., vice presidem and coordinator; W. H. Gillis IN SUCCEEDING YEARS, V i ce president and director the Van Camps became the vv. J. Gillis, vice president and introducing to this coast the for tuna; and reducing the price of canned tuna to make it available to every family rather than iust a "rich man's'delicacy." . Van Camp was first to pack light meat tuna variety (Yel- lowfin), now the largest single variety of tuna packed. They were first to advertise nationally on a continuous basis to lelp make the homemakers throughout the country tuna- conscious. The company also aided in construction of a modern tuna-fishing fleet to range past local fishing grounds so hey could obtain the needed supply of tuna for the continually expanding national demand. * * * * VAN CAMP PERFECTED :he modern method of baking .Una to improve flavor, and was irst to pack chunk'style tuna, low the nation's largest seller. Finally, Van Camp was first to market the newest innovation n the tuna industry in more than a decade--the new 9Vi- production manager; Robert L dustry. This leadership brought Beamon, vice president of pur about a consolidation of three other packers--White Star Canning Co., Nielsen and Kittle, and the International Packing Co. of San Pedro and San Diego to become the new Van Camp Sea Food Co., with Frank Van Camp as its president. Out of this merger came the now famous brands, Chicken of the Sea and White Star, both representing canned tuna of the highest quality obtainable. Among the many major con- chasing; Maurice H. Lifsoh, vice president and regional sales manager; Al Vignolo, vice presi dent and director of research and development; William D Moore Jr., director of public relations; William S. Rule, director of industrial relations. .Van Camp's addition, to the city and to the Port of Long Beach, combining its talents with our other prominent industrial giants such as Douglas Procter Gamble, Ford, Johns- development Long Beach has industrial fields. Car Parking Is Plentiful Approximately 60,000 cars can be parked in downtown Long Beach, 7th to Seaside Blvd., Chestnut to Linden, each 24 hours, on 69 off-street parking lots, which spaces, and - in parking spaces, contain 6183 12,500 curb according to Long Beach Retailers Associated. The Retailers figure tha~ each space is occupied by three to four cars daily. In addition there are scores of 10-minute zones, which can accommodate additional cars. HAVE IDLE TOYS? Get spot cash for 'em through Classified ads! HE 2-5959 gets you an ad- writer. MIGHTY MOLE Lighhvcighr, ·uper'porlaUe, llie "Mole" is the most recent ml Jit ion to the facilities of a company known throughout tlic world for fine equipment. To see. what »n organization so veil equipped with bold machinery and men cnn do for you, visit the "Mole" now on the" joh in Northern California, or contact m direct nt our IS OH THt JOB Long Reach headquarters. BROWN DRILLING COMPANY 1456 East Hill Street, Long Beach, California HMDS OF flRM Gilbert C. Van' Camp, left, president of Van Camp Sea Food Co., and his father, Gilbert C. Van Camp, are pictured as they check plans and specifications for their new Long Beach office building. Crossing Guards on Police Roll The Police Department includes 60 school crossing guards who provide for the safety of young children at 44 elementary schools and at 76 intersections. I** inch, c.ut, lu.., J-. 4, IM» lnJepenjent-Pfeu-Ttltgr«m PARADE OF PROGRESS--II COMMERCIAL FISHING BIG INDUSTRY Thousands of families in the Southern California area receive their livelihood, from the commercial fishing industry. Tuna clippers operating from thej Long Beach-Los Angeles Harbors bring thousands of tons of fish to the; local cannery facilities each year. Pictured aboard a big clipper is an action;; scene as crewmen are catching two-man tuna on squid poles and swinging them aboard. A DREAM COMES TRUE To some people, "home" is where you hang your hat But, to us at Van Camp SeaFood Company "home" has amuch deeper meaning. When we move into our new home on Pier A, East at 840 Van Camp Street, Long Beach, it.will, in reality, be a dream come true. When the company was founded, shortly after the turn of the century, sales of Van Camp products were purely local. But as demand increased to its present world-wide proportions, operating space became an increasingly important problem. Today that problem has been solved. Much pioneering has been done during Van Camp's rise to tha leadership of an industry. Among Van Camp's accomplishments are included new methods of fishing for tuna and the development of refrigerated boats. Van Camp also originated exclusive methods of baking tuna to retain its delicate flavor and texture and protect its high protein. High-speed machines for packing tuna in heavy volume were necessary to make tuna available to everyone -- at a price everyone could afford. These problems and many more were met and solved as Van Camp Sea Food Company built sales of Chicken of the Sea Brand Tuna to the Number 1 favorite, not only of Long Beach homemakers but of women everywhere. Selection of a site for Van Camp's World Headquarters was no easy task. Rigid requirements were set Nearness to the blue Pacific was dictated by the very nature of the tuna business. It was decided that the community selected should be growing... with capacity for more growth and prosperity. It should be modern...with ample facilities for religious, educational, recreational and wholesome home life. Long Beach met all these demands and more.. N The Board of Harbor Commissioners of the City of Long Beach has long been interested in bringing major industries to Long Beach. Van Camp was a natural candidate so the Board agreed to build for us a new and modern office building, shown on this page. When completed it will have 36,000 square feet of working space, including interior courts, cafeteria, product sampling and quality control facilities...all completely air-conditioned. While we at Van Camp will enjoy all that Long Beach has to offer...we will give as well as take. The men and women who make up Vail Camp's staff, together with then: families would be an asset to any community. Van Camp's payroll will add more dollars to the economic strength of the community. Van Camp's multi-million dollar sales volume will help boost even higher the commercial stinding of the city. Van Camp Sea Food Company will, of course, continue to provide ample supplies of Chicken of the Sea Brand Tuna and other seafood delicacies under the Van Camp label to meet the growing needs of Long Beach homemakers. It will be good to be "home"... to have our dream come true... on Pier A, East at 840 Van Camp Street, Long Beach, California, VAN CAMP SEA FOOD COMPANY

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