Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association / Proceedings of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association forty-third annual convention November 14, 15, 1934 assembled in the Eagles Auditorium Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Steadman, G. E.
Address, pp. 76-80 PDF (1.2 MB)
FORTY-THIRD ANNUAL CONVENTION the benefit than I. There are too many reactionary minds, too many old fogies, too many dangerous, disastrous types of mental view point that hold a project and its progress back. The thing that makes you get ahead, that makes you successful as a business consists of three constant factors and one variable. The three constants are plan, progress and prospects. Those things can be engineered good or bad in relation to one variable. If the manage- ment's mind is bad they will be bad; if it is good they will be good. I will stop right here and say that it has been my pleasure and privi- lege in the last three or four weeks to come in close touch with Mr. Mulloy and how we are doing in terms of this Wisconsin Cheese Mak- ers Publicity Association. I know the effect they have had in going around and visiting your factories, and such men as Kohler and McCarthy, and they have the right management in seeing you boys through, and it is for that reason and that alone I have come here and made this special trip, put myself out to be of help to you. Now I will say this, for you know much better than I do, it is the subject of your conversation at the fireside, you think of it on your pillows at night, and you wake up with it in the morning,-and that is your lack of control of your business. You lack control of every vital part of your business, you lack control of consumption, you lack control of distribution, you lack quality, you lack control of price. You are in business to make a profit and you can't make a profit and stay in existence withut the control you need, because you are unprotected men; because you are unprotected you are paying the cost on the Board today which is greater than any cost you have to pay for anything. If you will take the time to see it and study it you will know that the one thing you are doing today is cheating yourselves from having something that you really want to have. It isn't the cost of what it is going to be, it is the cost of what you are paying now that counts. Now none of us can do this job alone. 2176 cheese factories, more factories than there are towns in the state; 90 per cent of the produc- tion sold outside of the state and none of us could afford, if you wanted to, if you were that altruistic, to do the marketing job alone. On the other hand, if you were to get together and do it you would do it at a lower individual cost than you could if you were able to do it alone. So for a moment instead of thinking of 2176 that are separate, let's think of these 2176 being put into one factory, into one bowl, into one outlook, into one drive ahead, to solve the problem which can only be solved in union, and if there are some of you individualists here today, good old rugged individualists, you will realize that it is a day which is coming. Union is the thing which gives us strength. It takes coordination of these purposes and sometimes a little tendency to give and a little tendency to forget your individual conception of communal good. The first thing is to take the business as a whole. You are a producer. Your factory and all of its few hundred assets amount to nothing, only in relation to how well you worship the American housewife. She 77
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