This "Progress Report" has been prepared especially for you - by us. All too many reports of this nature are created not by the companies themselves but by their advertising agencies or public relations firms. As a result many such brochures tend to exaggerate the truth, often present a "corporate image" that adds gilding and gloss to the simple unvarnished facts.

We're proud to state that we prepared this booklet ourselves. You want to know just how we operate, something about our facilities, our personnel, our products, the steps that brought us to the point in business history where we stand today.

True facts are what interest you - and us also. If we appear boastful at times, it is only because we have an enviable story to tell you. We have bared all and ask only one small indulgence before you proceed with reading this report.

If you happen to be a competitor, please forget what you see here; we want to stay in business.