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1*4' Gaiesbura RefllstffrMail, galesburg, 111* Thursday, June 21, 1973 Election Set for July 6 , National Labor Relations Board will conduct an elec- „tei July ti dm Osiestaig ito determifle ii employes of Northwest Illinois CATV Co. wish to be represented for purposes of collective bargaining by the Communications Wtoffeefs of America, AFIXIIO. ,,/ Northwest Illinois CATV Co. operates the Galesburg and Monmouth cable television stations. Nine employes, representing the firm's system and clerical departments, "will be effected by the vote, NamedtoPostWith GMC Dr. John 0. Lairson, son of Mr. iadh Mrs. Votrace Larson, Knoxville, has been appointed to head the physical department at the General Motors Technical Center In Warren, Mich. Prior to his recent appointment with GM, Dr. Larson was with Gulf Oil Corp. for 12 years. He served as director of the physical sciences division at the Gulf Research Center, Pittsburgh. Dr. Larson and his wife, Grace, have two sons, Brad and Kirk. Bank Holds Open House TOULON—More than 1,500 persons attended open house Sunday at Toulon State Bank, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Gemakl StepeJ, president, and Earl Turner, former president, greeted guests. The bank opened June 20, 1903, with a capital account oif $25,000 and $5,000 surplus, Stapel noted. Today the bank's assets total more than $13,000,000, Toulon State Bank joined the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. June 25,1935. Bank directors and employes assisted in showing guests points of interest. Gifts were presented to all persons attending Sunday's open house. Doctors Attend Seminar • Two Galesburg chiropractors, Dr. Dale V. Glendenning, 476 N. Pleasant Ave., and Dr. William A. Crisman, 1189 Pine St., recently completed a seminar program on procedures involved with Medicare patients. Chiropractic services will be included under Medicare effective July 1 through an amendment to the Social Security Act signed into law last fall by President. Richard M. Nixon. The new law will make chiropractic services available. to 19.8 million Medicare beneficiaries. The seminar, which was held at Davenport, Iowa, was Sponsored by the International Chiropractors Assn, Win Expense-Paid Trip Conrad and Mary Lou Clugston of Little Swan Lake near Avon returned Monday from 'an expense-paid trip to Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico. ' ' The couple won the trip as a prize for achieving highest sales goals with Figurette, Inc., an Arizona-based women's lingerie concern. - The Okigsltians were ioiwn back from their trip by Del Remme, vice president of the company, in his personal jet. Figurette, Inc., held executive training meetings Monday and Tuesday at the Holiday Inn. Man Honored by Firm t Richard T. Robinson, 1804 Bair Ave., an agent of Farmers Insurance Group, was honored recently with an award marking 15 years of service with the insurance organization. "We appreciate your contribution to our accomplishments during the past five years, and we recognize your value to the success of this organization," stated Robert E. Bailey, president, in a letter of congratulations. Founded in 1928, the company is one of the nation's largest insurance organizations with five million policyholders. New Chairman of Group Roger Larson, vice president and chairman of Abingdon Bank and Trust Co., is the new chairman of the Knox County Bankers Federation. Other officers elected last week at the organization 's monthly meeting were Richard J. Banaszak, trust officer of Farmers & Mechanics bank, co-chairman, and Jon Timmons, Anderson State Bank, Oneida, secretary-treasurer. James Baird, Williamsfield, presented a program of local flying events at the meeting held at Club 19, Baird showed movies of the Blue Angels show at the Galesburg airport in October, 1971; the Steerman show during the summer of 1972, and the annual air show of small, home-constructed aircraft at Rockford. Gerald Weaver and Charles Thompson of the Laura State Bank arranged the program. Firm Reports Payments Metropolitan Life Insurance Company's payments to Illinois policyholders and beneficiaries totaled $233 214,399 in 1972, Gilbert W. Fitzhugh, chairman of the board of directors, reported today. Fitzhugh also stated that new life insurance issued last year in the state reached $1,297,249,000, bringing Metropolitan Life's total life insurance in force in Illinois to $12,226,059,000 for 1972. New Manager at Store John Herzberger, formerly of Moline, is the new manager at Carson Pirie Scott & Co., corner of Main and Seminary streets. Herzberger replaces William Meier, who is now managing the Carson Pirie Scott store in Moline. Firm's New Executive 'Turns Company Around Washes Pulleys Lyle Rylander, an employe at Adams Pressed Metals, Corp., 524 Mulberry St., washes pulleys soon after they come off the production line at the local plant. Adams Metals spcial- izes in pulleys for farm machinery. By KENNETH JOHNSON (Staff Writer) , Looking back, Ron Parker admits it wasn't exactly a blue chip Investment* But af* ter less than a year as owner of Adams Pressed Metals Corp., 524 Mulberry St., he claims there's no business like the steel stamping business. One of Galesburg's older industries, Parker purchased the floundering firm In October 1972. At the time, Adams Pressed Metals Corp, employed only 10 persons and the rumor around town was that the proud old company was sinking fast. DESPITE a diminishing number of contracts and a growing number of bills, Parker decided to put up the risk capital necessary to bail out the firm. Since that time, the former Gale Products advertising manager has provided an amalgamation of executive leadership and marketing know-how to re-establish the company as a leader in its field. \ While Adams Pressed Metals Corp. is a nationally- known firm, its existence and contributions to the Galesburg economy go unnoticed by most local citizens. Part of this, Parker explains, is the product and his marketing technique. . • FIRST OF ALL, Adams Pressed Metals specializes in pulleys — those small, wheel­ like gadgets used in generating belt-driven power, Since there Is no great consumer demand for pulleys at hardware stores around the nation, Parker contracts with large companies — primarily . those in the farm implement field. Thus, rather than advertising locally,- Adams Pressed Metals makes its sales pitch in trade journals and by word of mouth. Despite its seeming obscurity in Galesburg, the company has a long history in this community. The firm was founded in 1919 as Meyer Folley, which specialized in small metal wagons and heating registers. The company changed ownership in 1937 and became Adams Pressed Metals Corp. FOR MORE iflfoan a quarter of a century itlhe firm, flourished. However, 4n tihe past tew years . business stocked off, and it appeared rthat a once pxxsperous and eibalMe Gales- bung industry wiais ready to go down ithe drain. 'During Ms 15-year stay at Gale PradUcite, Parker became involved with several civic ©roups interested in blunging new industry, into <f(he community. As an advertising executive, Piarker knew the ins and outs of iflhe public relations game — he was a natural choice to help lure new industry here. But aiflter Eitudydng the situ- lattdKMi in detail,, he became convinced that iit was more limpouibant /to 'improve existing industries in Gfalesburg rather than try to sweet talk reluctant businesses into locating here. WHEN GALE PRODUCTS decided fco move its marketing division last year to Lincoln,. Neb., Parker was faced with a diiiffiiioult deoi'ston. "I could move, make my ifaimilily unhappy iand keep a job, or I .could stay, make my (family happy 'and .be unemployed," Piarker laughed. "Aifiter 25 years tin advertising, I wasn't overly enthusiastic about the idea of embarking on a bold, new career. But at itihe same itdime, I realized I did not want (to leave Galcs- So, m the story goes, a- friend advised Parker to buy Adams Pressed Metals Corp, "MY FIRST reaction was 'what in ithe hell Is Adams Pressed Metals Corp?' But aiflter studying the company for several weeks I became convinced it could turn a profit," he said. A University of Michigan grediuaite, Parker was an apprentice tool and die maker in Detroit beitore beginning his aidveritiatag career. Despite his brief ling in the metal business, local banks seemed unimpressed with bis ore? denfels. "Without a doubt," Parker said, "my biggest problem at the outset was convincing people 1 knew enough about the metal industry to make a go of it," BUT PARKER wasn't that worried. Over the years he had kept close tab on his former trade. Parker studied the industry from designing to engineering to production. He picked up some ideas on marketing and advertising along the way, and he felt confident he could handle all aspects of the firm. After convincing several banks of his managerial abilities, Parker proceeded to land or expand contracts with such industrial giants as Fafnir Bearing Co., John Deere and International Harvester. Adams Pressed Metals Corp. manufactures more than 750,000 V-belt drive pulleys and Idler pulleys a year. Used in tractors, snowmobiles, lawnmowers and a host of other machines, the pulleys range from two inches to 18 inches In size and 30 cents to $5 in price. SINCE PARKER took over control of the firm, Adams Pressed Metals has Invested in new machinery and has experimented in new products. The plant now employes 22 persons, and Parker expects this figure to double in the next year or two. The company does business in all fiO states and Canada. Part of Parker's innovative approach has included production of several new items. Adams Pressed Metals currently supplies Gross Galesburg Co, with buckles for its snowmobile suits. Because of the seasonal sales trends in the farm implement industry, Parker hopes to branch into other areas where a belt-driven means of power is utilized. Parker is also big on auto-~ mation. Since production runs are short, it would be economically unfeasible for the plant fco initiate a mass production type of operation, he said. However, by updating equipment and production methods, .Parker believes the company will experience healthy growth in the coming years. PARKER, who is married an dhas two sons, takes pride in the cleanliness and safety features of his plant. He credits shop formen Joe Vitali and Willis Parker, and a dedicated group of employes With making Adams Pressed Metals Corp. "a leader in its field." Committee Approves Bill SPRINGFIELD—The Senate J Industry and Labor Committee has. passed a House proposal to increase unemployment compensation benefits by 16 per cent. Chaired -by Sen. Robert W. iMitchler, R-Oswego, the committee okayed the bill by a 7-4 : vote. Introduced in the House by j Rep. E. J. Giorgi, D-Rockford, the bill originally sought flat 'increases of 25 per cent in all categories of unemployment compensation benefits. Limit Increase A House subcommittee rec- lommended <hat the House Industrial Affairs Committee adopt an amendment and limit the increase to 16 per cent. June 24-30 Is 'Stand Up For BusinessWeek' June 24-30 has been designated as "Stand Up For Business Week" in a proclamation issued recently by Gov, Dan Walker. The proclamation, Issued at the request of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, urges Illinois citizens to recognize "the contributions of commerce and industry to our state and nation." Tfie statewide "Stand Up For Business" campaign is part of a three-year program initiated by chambers of commerce to tell the story of the free enterprise system in their communities. Future activities will include economic education programs aimed at teachers and students and political action programs involving governmental leaders. The bill was later subjected to an .amendment attempt in the House which would have set the increase at 20 per cent. [This amendment was finally defeated after a floor flight led by Rep. Fred J. Tuerk, R-Peoria. The 16 per cent increase in benefits passed ithe House 131-0. Other Actjon In other action last week, the committee: —Defeated a proposal to eliminate the one-week waiting period required of unemployment compensation applicants. —Defeated a bill which would have extended unemployment Compensation eligibility to do- imestic workers earning more than $500 for three months' work. The Senate Industry and Labor Committee also killed two workmen's compensation bills, increasing speculation in the capitol that no changes in benefits or administration wilLcome about tois year. One Bill Left Only one workmen's compensation proposal, sponsored by Sen. Hudson R. Sours, R-Peoria, has any chance of being i passed before the General Assembly recesses for the summer. Sours saved his bill from defeat two weeks ago by placing it on postponed consideration. (Continued on Page 15) Man Completes Program Leo Switzer, owner of Westport Development Corp., completed a training course recently in the management and operation of a Hynes and Howes Homes franchise. Hynes and Howes Homes presently offers 62 home models and 20 multi-family units for sale. By mid-summer, the number of homes and apartments available will total more than 100. Hynes and Howes Homes, a subsidiary of Hynes and Howes Real Estate Inc., Davenport, is based in New Windsor. Switzer has the Galesburg-Monmouth franchise. Company Sets Records Illinois investments of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. climbed to more than $322.8 million in 1972, the firm's board of directors disclosed today. This is $5.9 million above the 1971 level for the state. Illinois 'ranks second among the 50 states in NML's investment total. Illinois investments include $128.9 million in real estate and mortgages on residential, business and institutional, and farm properties and $193.9 million in stocks and bonds of Illinois industries and government units. NI.MIL's investment funds come from insurance premiums paid by its 1,100,000 policyowners across the United States. More than 111,000 Illinois residents hold policies with insurance protect/ion of $2 billion. Steel Stamping Machine An employe at Adams Pressed Metals Corp. chine, which has a pressing 524 Mulberry St., runs steel stamping ma- tons. capacity of 250 Homebuilding Industry Boost to Village's Economy NEW WINDSOR - Hynes and Howes, the Davenport - based conglomerate which deals in real estate, insurance, financing and development, believes this small Mercer County community can provide the missing link to a business bonanza. Hynes and Howes Homes, specializing in pametized houses and apartments, opened here last year and after only eight months the operation is showing a profit. In fact, business has been so good, company officials are drawing up plans for a second piant. If all goes well, Hynes and Howes hopes to have factories and franchises across the nation. Nearly 50 persons, all from New Windsor, are employed at the plant here. Herb Beasley, manager, said the factory puis out 13-15 homes a week. Since <be plant opened, more than 150 homes have been shipped to franchise dealers. Located at the comer of Main and FVxirth streets, Hynes and Howes Homes purchased Christy's Lumber Co. last summer. Following renovation of the building and purchasing equipment, the plant began production in October 1972. Three Choices Beasley, pointing out the competitiveness of the homebuilding field, said <here are three basic ways to cons>'xuct houses. The conventional or standard way relies on (he use of carpenters, electricians and plumb­ ers, who do all the work on the jo'.i sii'je. Rising costs of labor and construction materials in the last few years have signaled the need for new systems of building homes, 'Beasley said. As a result, sectionalized and panelized homes have come into existence. A seotionafized home is built completely in a factory. The: home is delivered to the job si-'o in either two or four pieces. It is then 'bolted together on some type of foundation. Erected in Field A panelized home, on the other hand, is erected in the field. However, all walls, petitions, siding, roofing and flooring are pre-cut at the plant. These materials, along with doors and windows, are shipped 'to the franchise dealer, who constructs the home. Heas'ey said Hynes and Howes offers homes from $16,500 and up. He believes that competition in the homebuilding field will help keep prices down. Beasley said one advantage of the panelized home is that "we buy lumber to such great volume, it costs less for building materials. In turn we pass this savings on to the customer." Save on Labor He also said panelized homes save 75 per cent or more on lab'ir costs as compared to conventional building methods. Beasley was asked why Hynes and Howes located in New Windsor? "Our initial motive was the availability of a building. Of course, it should also be pointed out the area is near Davenport, our home office. "However, much of the success of our operation," lie added, "can be directly attributed to the people of New Windsor. We found an availability of skillwl labor and a real willingness to work. This is quite a little community."

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