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Information Technology Pioneers

Retirees and former employees of Unisys, Lockheed Martin, and their predecessor companies

In this Chapter

  1. Introduction [left]
  2. Manufacturing Operations
  3. tbd


Operations Chapter

A Legacy of People Engineering Systems and Computers at Twin Cities Locations and throughout the World. 

1. Introduction

    This chapter focuses on the Manufacturing Operations, to include the other corporate functions that helped to make us a success:

  • Production Engineering
  • Quality Assurance - an evaluation guidance card was used.

  • Prototype Manufacturing

  • Misc manufacturing  stories here.

  • Lockheed Martin used the STARS systems to do their time cards.

It is sad to note that at one time the manufacturing operations employed some 10,000 people in the Twin Cities environs - then better business tax situations led to operations in FL, CO, Canada, etc - all initially reporting administratively to management in St. Paul. [lab]

2.0 Manufacturing Organization

One of our readers has submitted an organization chart from the 1970s era, headed by Emmett Johnson, Director of Factory Operations.

  • Reporting to Emmett were planner Bob Faust and Group Managers Gerry Brings, Chuck Fredrickson, W. Hobbs, R. Overas, Bernie 'Mike' Svendsen, and Dick Yost. 
  • Reporting to Gerry's Operations Management group were Managers Chuck Berget, Lee Best, Don Dunn, Larry Hamre, John Knaak, R. Plashko, Jack Radford, and W. Schwirtz.
  • Reporting to Chuck Fredrickson's Manufacturing group were managers R. Brings, Gerry Krueger, Glen LaBorde, W. Overen, and Richard 'Dick' Sherlock.
  • Reporting to Mr. Hobbs Prototype Manufacturing group was Fred D. Maser, Manager of Antenna Coupler manufacturing.
  • Reporting to Mr. Overas Production Group were managers R. Blau, Harold Dunnell, Hugh Etzell, Harold Grandprey, and G. Linn.
  • Reporting to Bernie 'Mike' Svendsen Product Quality Assurance group were managers Ron Arneberg, R. L. Johnson, Phil Pearsall, Jack Rickert, and Grover Wulff.
  • Reporting to Dick Yost's Manufacturing Engineering group were managers P.M. Hill, R. D. Morrison, P. Schenk, and Larry Zierhut.


{Editor's note: I have written the first name of those with whom I'd worked or met during my career. Please send me names of the others as you recognize them. Also - does anyone remember the year? [LABenson]}