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   Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 7, 1948, Winona, Minnesota                                W EATHER In ally FM IS COMING Ita rara yowr MCW radio OMI MU Full Leased Wire Report of The Associated Press Member of the Audit Bureau of Circulations VOLUME 47. NO. 299 W1NONA. MINNESOTA. SATURDAY EVENING. FEBRUARY 7. 1948 FIVE CENTS PER COPY TWELVE PAGES Break in Prices Reaches Consumers Archer-Daniels Determined to Expand, in I I Winona If Possible, Otherwise ElsewherePJaje Support of Council and Public Asked Present Location Held Only One Available in City Unless Winona will immediately demonstrate willingness to see an expansion of the Archcr-Danlels- Midland Company plant at Its pres- ent site, the city stands to lose, nt a minimum, a building project of "several hundred thousand dollars. More important. It this demon- stration Is not forthcoming the city may eventually lose the present A-D-M operation In which about 100 persons arc employed with a payroll of The choice the city munt make was put to the city council by J. R. Chappcll. chairman of the Associa- tion of Commerce industrial com- mittee, at n council committee meet- ing In the city building Friday eve The seven councllmcn present promptly pledged their support to keep A-D-M In the city and called n public hearing for p. m, Feb- ruary 10, Mr. Chappcll told the council that A-D-M. operating on n 16-acro site at 800 West Third street, Is making no rnquo.it, but after months of In- vestigation the Minneapolis firm has decided against moving to a location southeast of tho Swift fa Company plant, where an expenditure "In ex- cess of one million dollars" was con- templated. To nulld Thin Year But A-D-M still plans to build a new plant this year, snld Mr. Chap- pell, nnd If a cannot be secured In Winona anothur city will bo no- lected. omceni of A-D-M. after re- JectlnK tho east site, view tho pres- ent location as tho only Available Winona site. However, as one of the officers' wrote Mr, Chappcll: "It may be possible to expand our present quarters, but I think you agree that tho expenditure of several hundred thousand dollars at this location would be somewhat precarious In view of the attitude of many of the citizens of Winona." The council Jumped Into the breach ImmrdlaU'ly. Second Ward Aldrrman Walter A. Dopko and Al- dfrman-at-LarKe Robert Dorsch were unable to be present, but Council President William Thcuror said "The council was 100 per cent for keeping A-D-M In Winona. and agreed to do anything to cooper- ate with the industrial committee in keeping it here. A-D-M haa a large payroll, and If a new plant is built here the payroll would undoubtedly bo Increased." I'ayit Tax on Straw As an Incidental advantage In having A-D-M hero President Thcurcr pointed out that in Wi- nona county It pays personal prop- erty taxes on all the flax straw It In Minnesota. This year, for Instance. It Is pay- Ing In personal property Mr, Chappell said that the city can convince A-D-M to stay here It will probably spend nearly a mil- lion dollars this year on plant ex- pansion. New buildings, said he, would be modern and "would elim- inate much of the present nuis- ance" to which some residents of the neighborhood have objected, Ho snld that ncpjtlatlons were already under way to acquire addi- tional adjacent property for the plant expansion. However, said Mr. Chappell, "I am certain that they will not em- bark on such an expansion here Involving such a large expenditure without a spontaneous and whole hearted unanimous assurance of the people." He urged organizations and In- dividuals to appear at the Febru- ary 16 hearing and pledge their agreement to an expansion of the present West Third street site. Three products are turned out by the Winona mills: 1. Flax tow. 2. A by-product used In the man- ufacture of wallboard by a DubuqUC, lown. plant. The plant expansion would Involve utlllxlnK this by- product, locally. 3. A by-product of fine material which Is sifted off during tho proc- essing, sucked and sold to feed manufacturers as roughage for ani- mals. Processing of flax straw merely means that the flax straw is clean- ed of shlvn to got thu flax fiber out. The liber is then baled and loaded for shipment to the cnst, chiefly to paper mills. About 80 per cent of fiber IK used In the manufacture of cigarette paper untl the balance for bond papers arid pnper currency. The fiber is tho bark on the out side of the stock and In the proc- essing operation the center of the stock Is broken so It can be shaken from or cleaned out of the fiber. This operation results in dust, to which some neighbors to the plant have objected. Several yearn ago protests to the city council were particularly frequent, and a huge dust collecting system was Installed. Aldrrman Dopke was out of the city last night and Alderman .Dorsch wus ill. Will Winona Ix.se This Important Industrial Plant? That was the question posed to citizens today by the city council and J R Channel] chairman of tho Industrial committee of the Winona Association of Commerce follownw receipt of a letter-on Company that unless its present plant facilities at 850 .West Third street arc expanded, It will be forced to remove Its manufacturing operations elsewhere. The Facts of the Archer-Daniels-Midland Case 5 Servicemen Perish in B-25 Hits Side of Mountain In Arkansas ARCHER-DANIELS-MIDLAND COMPANY Minneapolis, Minn. January 20, 3048 Mr. J. R. Chiippoll Chairman Industrial Committee. Winona Association of Commerce Winona, Minnesota Dear Mr. Chappell: We arc forwarding to you under separate cover tho abstract cover- ing the Fozanc property. We regret to Inform you that we are giving up our plans for the use of this property due to the many problems that we have encountered In trying to adapt this location to our plans for a new proposed fibre plant. Ax an Illustration, our Insurance company has Informed us that dun to tho fact that there Is no available source of water at this point, it would be necessary for us to put In wells, pumps, tanks, and a complete water system for the entire property to enable us to get Insurance. The cost of the project would be extremely high, nnd this and other problems such as building trackage to the two rail- roads that transport the bulk or our straw Into Winona arc only a few of tho problems that seem almost insurmountable to us. Winona has many advantages for our operation, yet we arc unable to continue without the erection of a new modem plant, not alone for processing fiber, but also lor processing our shivcs. It may be possible to expand our present quarters, but I think; you will awrec that tho expenditure of several hundred thousand dollars at thlH location would be somewhat precarious in view of the attitude many of the citizens or Winona. Our plans call for the erection of a new plant this year and It will be the most modern plant possible to build, containing the best equipment; but even so, its operation may be'subjcct to some com- plaint by a minority ol your people, which can develop into an unhappy situation for us. We have checked all of the available sites in the vicinity of Winona, but we have not found any that fit our needs. However, It Is necessary that a decision be made by us very shortly to either risk the expansion of our present quarters or to proceed with the acquisition of a site In one of several other cities now under consideration. We appreciate much the efforts you have put forth lo nsslMt us In getting properly located and we regret exceedingly our Inability to give you a definite answer as to our new plans at this time. Yours very truly, ARCHER-DANIELS-MIDLAND COMPANY Erwln A. Olson, Vlce-Presidcnt Weather Smoke Forces Guests From Mill City Club Minneapolis A fire that broke out in the second-floor grill room filled the 14-story Minneap- olis Athletic club with smoke and forced scores of guests from their rooms today. FEDERAL FORECASTS Winona and vicinity: Clearing and colder tonight; lowest In the city zero, five to eight below in the rural areas. Partly cloudy Sunday and continued cold; highest eight. Fair and much colder tonight with lowest temperature 25- 35 below north portion and 10-20 be- low south portion. Sunday fair with acvcrc cold. Clearing with a cold wave tonight, Lowcnt temperature. _ 20-30 below northwest to 5-15 bolowiand Living1 The blaze was confined to grill room by flreprooflng in walls. the the THE ASSOCIATION.OF COMMERCE' [Winona, Minn. February 8, 1B4D City Council Winona, Minnesota Gentlemen: The letter from Archnr-Daniels-Midland Company was received with considerable disappointment. Much work has been done and wo had been hopeful that a hnppy solution to this whole.situation could be reached. It was their firm intention to immudtately erect a plant costing in excess of one million dollars with a probability that other larger additions might follow, and the location appeared sufficiently removed to avoid any further complaints. facts pcrUlnlnic to thn opurntlon of thr company in Winona should be presented. At the present time they have approximately 190 employes with an annual payroll Local expenditures for power, taxes, miscellaneous purchases, calls for an outlay of over annually, and they were far the hii'KCsi shippers in our city. In 13-17 they had over cars into Winona anil over outward bound, and approximately trucks delivering products to their plant. This all .calls for an additional local expenditure of many thou- sands of dollarH by the railroads for labor and other incidental expenHcx. In addition, they have been large tax contributors to our city. Someone recently aptly stated that Winona Is at the and we should now decide whether we desire an expansion of our industries, always done with some attendant suffering yet supplying the necessities of life, or placing full emphasis on our personal com- fort and retaining the virgin beauty of our city and country. It seems there should be some compromise to some degree and enjoy both. From the tone or their letter and from conversations with company officials, I am certain that they will not embark 011 such an expansion here involving such a large expenditure without a spontaneous and wholehearted unanimous assurance of the people of our-city, both official and unofficial, that we want to retain this industry, and that with all reasonable diligence on their part that they will not be unnecessarily annoyed or Inconvenienced. Such assurance from our committee la insulTlclenl. It first requires your consideration, and If you arc enthusiastically favorable, an opportunity should be given to every organization in the city to express Its views and every Interested citizen should be heard. Please understand the company Is making no suggestions or requests; however, they have this plant operation on their agenda for .imme- diate consideration, and It is up to us. If we are interested, to make our wishes flrmly known, and It is important that it be done quickly or we may lose our present advantage. Yours very truly. J. B. CHAPPELL Chairman, Industrial Committee Jasper, Ark. Five armed forces personnel perished in the fiery crash of their plane in this Ozark mountain sec- ond such mlshnp In Arkansas within llm-n months. The pliine, a 33-26. from Wright Field, Ohio, struck the side of Roundtop mountain, two miles south this isolated northwest Arkansas county seat, Friday night and burst into flames. At Dayton, Ohio, Wright field authorities said the plane left there Friday with five men of them believed to be a navy that all five were dead. The plane was bound for Little Rock. Parts of two bodies had been re- covered at last reports, and two urmy caps, one bearing n captain's bars, were found at the scene. Tele- phone service into Jasper has been Interrupted since shortly after mid- night. The rugged countryside was coat- ed with Ice and rescue workers' hnd to combat cold weather In reaching the scene. Last November, six men died when their army bomber crashed atop Mt, Magazine, the highest peak in 100 miles south of a storm. In both accidents, the pilots ap- parently lost their course. Public relations officers ftt Wright field Identified the four army men Lieutenant Phillip Novick, tho pilot, 27 Brooklyn, N. V First Lieutenant Charles W. Thom- as, co-pilot, 26, zepher Hills, Fla.; First Lieutenant Felton F. Rober- son, 27, Osbornc, Ohio, and Mas- ter Sergeant. George L. Hatjcs, 20, Canton, Ohio. Wright field said the fifth man aboard was a sailor based at Oak- land, Calif., who "hitchhiked" a ride. Korean Sabotage Reported; Strike Threats Made Seoul, Korea Widespread sabotage of rail traffic and tele- graph communication lines was re- ported regarded by U. S. authorities as pressure to force the United Nations commission to leave Korea. Handbills circulated throughout south Korea called for a general strike. Two notices delivered to Lieutenant General John R. Hodge, TJ. S. occupation commander, warn- ed of a three-day strike to force the commission's departure. The commission voted Friday to refer back to the U. N. little assem- bly the problem of conducting clcc- .tlons preliminary to Korean inde- pendence. Russia's refusal to pcr- Imlt entry into north Korea has (stumped the commission. The U. S. army, which occupies 'south Korea, reported a 12-car train was derailed about 30 miles east of Seoul, and that tracks were dam- aged elsewhere in five places. Gauges, valves and drive rods were removed from 40 locomotives. Telegraph lines from Seoul were cut in many places. The army announced 22 persons had been arrested. said Hodge, "I've __..... physical efforts to thu work of this commls- along." been expecting sabotage Klon." Swiss Freeze Wages .southeast. Pair and very cold Sun- day and Sunday night. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the 24 hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 20; minimum, 12; noon, 20; precipitation, .10 snowfall, three Inches; sun sets tonight at sun rises tomorrow at TKMPEHATTJRES ELSEWHERE Max. Mln. Pruc. DumldJI............ 10 Denver 43 DCS Molnes .......24 Duluth 12 International Falls. 10 Kansas City.....33 Los Angeles 55 Miami 76 Mpls.-St. Paul 11 New Orleans 60 New York 28 Seattle 44 Phoenix 64 Washington 38 Winnipeg........... 1 11 4 21 0 6 31 39 68 9 60 18 30 1 45 20 -25 .01 trace trace trace .08 .11 .10 17 trncu Swiss govern- ment has adopted the principle that there shall be no living costs and salary increases before the end of October, 1048. He Was a Lonely Man For a Long, Long Time Minneapolis Man Dies in Train-Auto Crash St. man was killed and two others were critically In- jured In 
                            

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