Redlands Daily Facts from Redlands, California on March 18, 1964 · Page 10
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Redlands Daily Facts from Redlands, California · Page 10

Redlands, California
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Wednesday, March 18, 1964
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10 - Wed, March 18,19&4 kedlands Daily Facts SERVICE ENTRANCE - The modern new Lange and Runkel Chevrolet service department is entered through a unique "service island" on the south side of the building with access off both Alabama street and Colton avenue. Customers drive their automobiles to concrete island at far right where it is dis­ patched to the appropriate service stall. At right of service entrance is the brightly lighted used car display area. The traditional "Chevrolet" sign is suspended in air above the new car showroom in front of building. (Daily Facts photo) Lange and Runkel Chevrolet to hold four day Grand Opening By RON KIBBY Lange and Runkel Chevrolet, Inc.—a business enterprise with 33 years standing in Redlandi takes a formal step into a new era in the San Bernardino Val ley area tomorrow with the Grand Opening of new sales and service facilities on Alabama street. The imposing $330,000 facility on the west side of Alabama between Redlands boulevard and the freeway is a modem expandable plant designed for the utmost in convenience for both patrons and employes. A four^iay Grand Opening celebration has been planned to acquaint Valley residents with the new location which was developed '•with the customer in mind." The celebration will continue through March 22. Lange and Runkel Chevrolet vacated its cramped and congested quarters in downtown Redlands at Citrus avenue and Fourth street on February 1. That corner had served the firm since its origin here in 1930. 2S0 F«tf of Fronfige The Alabama street facility is situated on property with 250 feet of frontage on Alabama and 700 feet along the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks. It is easily accessible and visible from the Redlands freeway. Customers may enter the sales and service area via a private drive with entrances and exits on both Alabama and Colton avenue. The traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony arranged by the Am bassadors Club of the Redlands Chamber of Commerce will in augurafe the open house tomorrow at 10 a.m. The Chevrolet dealership will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday, and until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Two Drawings Two drawings with television sets as the top prizes will be conducted during the celebra tion. Patrons may register during their visit, but need not be present to win. The first winner will be announced Saturday and the second Monday. Otber open house features will be a live television pro gram broadcast from the Lange and Runkel show room Friday from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and a three- hour radio program. "Best Ideas" John Runkel, youngest member of the firm, notes with pride that the new showTOoms', offices and service areas represents the "best ideas" that could be compiled from a tour of other automobile agencies throughout Southern California. Mr . Runkel • worked closely with Redlands architect Clare llcnry Day who designed the facility. It was constructed by For.sbcrg and Gregory of Redlands. "I'm happy to say that this building is owned, financed, designed and built by local people," Mr. Runkel observed. He added, "It is designed and built to expand with the growth of this area. We can actually serve four times the amount of business we now accomodate." Two Showrooms There are two Lange and Runkel new car showTOoms. One is a covered open-air patio facing Alabama street. Immediately behind it is the conventional glassed-in show room, i Both show rooms are elevated so that they may be seen from the freeway off-ramp. In addition, other new cars are displayed on ground level in front of the building. "There arc 50 new cars available and ready for immediate delivery at all times," Mr. Runkel explained. More Used Cars Lange and Runkel has also increased its stock of used cars, which are worked into like-new condition in the shops behind the main building. Used cars are displayed along the south side of the building where they are visible from Alabama. A series of fluorescent panel lights flood the new and used car display area with daytime- like brightness during night hours. Sales close-out offices as well as the main business offices are located off the glassed-in show room. A modem motif is featured in the carpeted and walnut panelled offices of E. E. Rimkel and John Runkel, and of the sales manager's office next door. Additional sales close-out of fices and an office for the Truck, Fleet department are located in a corridor along the southside of the building. The firm's truck business bad developed to the point where two truck specialists are employed to handle the trade. Customer Service The cast end of the building is devoted to customer service and to the parts department. A comfortable waiting area has been provided for customers. Automobile parts and accessories are sold over a nearby counter, and the cashier is close at hand. There is 8,000 square feet of space allocated for parts storage—two floors of 4,000 square feet each. Heavy parts such as engine blocks are stored on the upper floor. An electric hoist (yet to be installed) will lower and raise parts to the second floor. Block Stalls The engine overhaul and body repair shops arc located in continuous open-faced masonry block stalls which extend eastward away from the main building like two long arms. The paved area between these "arms" are Msei for park- mg cars to be worked on. Customers drive to the service "coiu-tyard" and stop at a unique service island where the automobile is received and dispatched to the proper location. The customer is then invited to the waiting room or is driven home. At the east end of the serv­ ice stalls is the "bull pen" — the area in which new cars not being displayed in front are stored. "We have room to store more than 100 cars," Mr. Run kel noted. "Our do^vntown operation was scattered over five different locations," Mr. Runkel said, "now we have this one large and modem facility." Chevrolet executive got start in Redlands agency A local man who started his career with Lange and Runkel Chevrolet in Redlands will make a special visit here tomor row for the firm's grand opening of new quarters on Alabama street. Peter Vos, the merchandising manager for new trucks in the San Diego zone of the Chevrolet Motor Company, will be on hand to greet old friends during the first day of Lange and Runkel's four-day celebration. Mr. Vos was empbyed by Lange and Runkel from 1940 to 1941 when he worked in the service and parts department. He was a Redlands High school classmate of John Runkel, partner in the local Chevrolet firm, and graduated with Mr. Runkel in 1940. His father was minister of the Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands. The zone executive presently lives at 102926 Sunray place. La Mesa. Because the San Diego Zone takes in Redlands and most of the San Bernardino Valley. Mr. Vos will make periodic visits to the Lange and Runkel agency. Modem facilities at the new- Alabama street site has made it possible for Lange and Runkel to expand its tmck fleet operations. In addition to increased sales capacity, the company has provided a spe- PETER VOS cial truck service area with separate track entrance. W. C. Lange helped to found firm W. C. Lange's many years as a member of Redlands' business community will long be remembered through the bold name "Lange and Runkel" spaced across the firm's imposing new building on Alabama street. Jlr. Lange is no longer active in the business which he helped to found and which has shared in and contributed to the city's continued economic growth, but his long-time partner, E. E. Runkel, has seen to it that the traditional business name is preserved. The close ties between Mr. Runkel and Mr. Lange were firmly established over more than 50 years of partnership, and by their own fathers' partnership before them. Whitnty's "Gin Mr. Lange, now 82. resides at| Eli Whitney's cottin gin is cn- 532 South Buena Vista with hisishrmcd at Savannah, Ga.. wife, Edith. Forsberg siid Gregory used new scheduling A new concept in scheduling eonstrucUca work played an important role in enabling the Redlands building firm of Forsberg and Gregory to.complete the new Lange and Runkel Chevrolet agaicy on time. The entire constraction sched ule for the automobile sales and service facility on Alabama street was precised to the es act day of completion even before the first earth was turned. And in spite of a week's delay from bad weather, the project was completed within the con tract limits. Behind the success of the Lange and Bunkel construction job is a scheduling method called PERT — developed by the government for use in missile programs. As e-xplained by Forsberg and Gregory's PERT e.xpert. Bill Anderson, the system replaces convential bar or circle graphs used in relating one aspect of the constraction job to the total project. PERT involves a Critical Path Network Flow Chart which quickly tells the contractor and subcontractors when a specific job is to be done and how long he has to complete it. The Flow Chart, which is an intricate series of lines which "flow" toward the anticipated completion date, takes into account all facets of the construe tion job from pouring concrete floors to installing light fixtures. Mr. Anderson, who took a two week course on the PERT system two years ago, can map out a Flow Chart in three days and can work out the time element within a week. In effect, he has pre-built the entire job — be it automobile agency or high school — on paper. Nearly all large-scale construction projects now handled by Forsberg and Gregory are laid out on the Critical Path Flow Chart. The system has resulted in closer coordination between the field superintendent and the main office. SELL tr TOMORROW With-low , cost Glassifled Ads where it w-as built about 1794. The gin rests in-his original workshop, an old", barn,_. now seum. ^ Congraf u/of ions fo LANGE & RUNKEL, Inc. MASONRY WORK JOSEPH C. REID ISO LYNWOOD DRIVE - APT. I SAN BERNARDINO TU 34241 SEKVICt" To Our New Neighbor . . . UN6E & RUNKa /lnc. CHEVROLET . . . and may we extend our heartiest best wishes. Welcome to one of Redlands' fastest growing business oreasl JACK WOODSONS ("MR. SERVICE HIMSEIF") MOBIL SERVICE ALABAMA and FREEWAY 7n-l47( OPEN Til MIONITE MON.. THURS. - 24 HRS. FRI.. SAT. • SUN. BEST WISHES TO UNGE & mm. Inc. STRUCTURAL STEEL & MISC. IRON BY Halsey Machine & Mfg. Co. P.O. Box 5 1485 So. Willow Ave. RIALTO. CALIFORNIA 877.1660 OFFER MEDICAL AID VIENNA (UPI),- The Coun cil ol Ministers of neutral Austria today offered to send a 54-man medical detachment to Cyprus as part of the pro jcctcd United Nations peace force. The .'Austrian medical group Would consist of 54 men. CONGRATULATIONS TO LANGE & RUNKEL, Inc. • • • We Are Happy In Furnishing Part of Your New Modern Office Furniture STOCKWELL and BINNEY 470 . 4Hi St. San Bernardino Sincere Best Wishes To Lange & Runkel, inc. LATH and PLASTER WORK by . . . MARTIN B. ANDERSON DONALD J. ERICSON 10258 Jenathen Ave. Cherry Valley, Calif. 845-T243 3M55 Highland Ave. Yucaip*, C*lif. 797-0444 Congrafulafions AND Sincere Best Wishes TO LANGE & RUNKEL Inc. MILLWORK by ROY E. WHITEHEAD 10590 MAGNOLIA AVE. ARLINGTON, CALIF. OV 8-2978 s/ Extends Sincere Best Wishes to Lange & Runkel, Inc. Chevrolet The New Home et lange & Runkel, Inc., Chevrolet Just In Off Redlands Boulevard on Alabama Street, Rediondt. - In the Redlands area: Htnry G. Clement Junior HighvScheol Clor. H.nry Day, ArchilKt A. I. A. Redlands Building ' H.rman O. Ruhnau, A. t. A. Security-First National Bank Victor Gnun, Architect San Bernardino County Yard Facilities Moffott & Nichol, EnginMra Edward'Dean Museum Sf njomin J. Rob*. Arcfiittct, A. I. A. Orange Show "Kaiser Dome" Building Itlond E.i>on, A. I, A. Colt Ave. School, Highland In the Southern California area: Imperial Valley College Palm Springs Auditorium U.S.M.C. Maintenance Shop U.C.R.E. Research Building Simi Valley High School Imperial Jr. High, La Habra Matthew Gage School, Riverside Dept. of Employment BIdg. San Bernardino COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND INSTITUTIONAL. ^f NORTH FOURTH ST., REDLANDS

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