This week, the story of Jay C. Hormel starting work at Geo. A. Hormel & Co. at the age of nineteen. From George‟s autobiography, Three Men and a Business: “On the morning he started work he came down dressed in what the young college man turned business executive should wear. I looked him over and asked what he was going to do. „Oh, learn from you what‟s to be done, and then carry on,‟ he replied airily. „So that‟s your idea,‟ I said. „Well, it won‟t work at all. Sit down and let‟s talk it over.‟ For the next hour I impressed upon him that no one ever learned a business sitting in a swivel chair. And in a business like ours, a little knowledge was a dangerous thing. „You can be a good business executive, a diplomat with the workmen and the public, and the best salesman in the world, but you‟ll be a flop as a packer if you can‟t tell from personal inspection whether a product is right or wrong,‟ I said. „You can‟t run this business by relying on the opinions of Tom, Dick and Harry. If you yourself don‟t know more about standards of quality and the processes by which it is achieved than any other man on the payroll, this is no place for you to start playing the executive.‟ „How are you, with your present knowledge,‟ I asked, „going to originate and develop new products instead of imitating competitors? How are you going to achieve uniformity in the finished product despite raw material variations? When you‟ve taken over, who besides yourself is going to strive continually for higher and higher standards of quality? Those are the cornerstones of this business. Can you learn what they are by sitting at a desk— by just asking a few questions?‟ He listened without comment, rubbed his head a couple of times. When I finished, he got up and walked out of the office. The next morning he showed up at the plant in brand new overalls.” Construction Update The construction of the HHH expansion continues with the digging of the new basement area and foundations being laid this month. The project is on-time and on-budget to date. The HHH building committee is so pleased with the building progress that they are considering upgrading the quality of some interior finishes and items. If you have not had a chance to donate to the project, you could help fund these upgrades. For more information, see our web site at www.hormelhistorichome.org. You can make a donation there by Pay Pal. The HHH will continue to be available for rental events during construction. Please call for details of the space available. “King of SPAM” CD Available Have you gotten your “King of SPAM” CD yet? Hormel family members have collaborated on a music CD to benefit the Hormel Historic Home. The Hormel Family Band, led by Jim Hormel, produced “King of SPAM” featuring hits of the 1930s and 40s. Tracks include “Pennies from Heaven,” “Bye Bye Blackbird,” “You Are My Sunshine” and eleven other classics. CDs, featuring a vintage photo of Jay C. Hormel playing the tuba, are available for $15 each at the HHH office. All proceeds benefit the HHH. This week at the HHH Monday, May 11 Floral Club - 1 p.m. Thursday, May 14 Y‟s Women at The Old Mill - 11:30 a.m. Coming Soon - Social Concerns Join us on Tuesday, May 19, at 11:00 for Social Concerns: Influencing the Financial Success of Your Loved Ones by Karen Sundal Hardy. A FREE lunch is served at 12 p.m. Please RSVP by Friday, May 15 to 433-4243 or firstname.lastname@example.org so that we will prepare enough lunch for everyone. Space is limited, so you may be put on a waiting list if the session is full. This program is funded in part by the United Way of Mower County. Everyone is welcome. Due to the long waiting list, a second session of Social Concerns: Preventing Identity Theft has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 2 at 11 a.m. Please RSVP by Friday, May 29 to 433-4243 or email@example.com. No new information will be presented so if you already attended in April, you will not want to attend in June.